Each and every one of our liberties is on the chopping block at this moment in time.
Obama’s war on liberty
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The Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is just part of the warning salvo that the Obama administration has belched from its canons dedicated to tearing down the structure of Capitalism and rebuilding our economy and our society in the image of socialism. The initial attack came with the passage of Obamacare, that hideous monstrosity of which that Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass this bill so we can see what’s in it.”
Pelosi’s minions obeyed the orders of their mistress and passed the odious bill and now we have the mandate, an imperial edict spewed forth from the pen of Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of HHS. Neither she nor anyone in the administration has given any quarter on this issue. All employers must provide health insurance that includes coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of moral or religious objections.
Make no mistake. This is not about contraception. This is about making further inroads into undermining our most basic liberties promised in the Declaration of Independence and fulfilled in the U.S. Constitution. The first Amendment says, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This mandate prohibits “...the free exercise thereof…” in that it requires those with religious or moral convictions to do something against the basic teachings of their faith. And the Catholic Church is not alone in this. People of many faiths and denominations are standing with the Catholic Church. They know this is a gross infringement upon the sacred right of religious liberty, but the administration doesn’t care because it has an agenda to advance.
That agenda is to lead us to European-style socialism. Despite the fact that socialism has caused the European economy to tank. Despite the fact its results have fomented rioting in the streets. Despite the fact that it has failed miserably. But Obama and his cohorts have an agenda, the agenda of the elites who feel they know better than the rest of us.
In addition, they have the mistaken impression that any rights We the People may have, derive from government. They, as the ruling class will decide what rights we may or may not enjoy, a concept anathema to our tradition, our sentiments, and our law. The Declaration of Independence, the very first piece of legislation passed by the very first Congress clearly states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our rights come to us from none other than our Creator by virtue of being human.
The Bill of Rights in our Constitution took that promise and guaranteed it under law. If this mandate stands, then the government will have effectively shredded the Constitution and replaced itself as the arbiter of rights and laws. If this mandate stands, it will set a dangerous precedent, for if the government can trample religious liberty, then none of our other rights are protected either.
Think about an America where no one has the right to private property ownership, no free press, no free speech, no protection from self-incrimination, no right of assembly, no freedom from search and seizure. That is what is at stake here. Each and every one of our liberties is on the chopping block at this moment in time.
If the court upholds Obamacare and the mandate, we can kiss the Constitution goodbye. If, on the other hand, the court does the right thing and strikes it down as unconstitutional, then we can all breathe a sigh of relief, but only temporarily, because you can bet they’ll try again.