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Both sides of political aisle spin SCOTUS ruling

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 5:13 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Like many Americans, I was personally captivated by the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling to uphold the Obamacare insurance mandate.
Since the decision, President Barack Obama and pundits on both sides of the political aisle have given their opinions on the court’s vote and the pros/cons of their final decision.
President Barack Obama said no matter the politics involved, the decision was a “victory for the people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.” President Obama noted what he felt was the importance of the law in regards to covering uninsured people and requiring insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions.
Those against Obamacare saw the decision as disappointing. Their rally cry though comes in the fact that the Supreme Court labeled the mandate as a tax and not a penalty as the administration has labeled it in the past two years. Since it is now called a tax, some look to the dissent of judges voting against the mandate noting the importance that all tax increases must originate in the House of Representatives and not the Senate.
One unique exchange on the issue can be heard in President Obama’s interview with George Stephanopoulos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL7ak__MGyw.
In the interview, Stephanopolous even reads the definition of the word “tax” back to the President.
Those upset with the decision still have concerns regarding how the country will pay for Obamacare, have problems with many other elements in the 900-plus page bill, and feel a loss of liberty due to government impeding on the lives and rights of Americans.
At the end of the day, it appears to me that both sides of the issue are claiming some sort of a victory and they should. Both are looking for the best way to spin the decision and both sides have legitimate concerns with how the Supreme Court ruled on the issue.
Without getting involved in the politics and the pros and cons specifically about Obamacare, my personal concern at the end of the day ends with how this decision effects our freedom.
Many men and women have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms and I never want to see them be treated as a political tool.
Governor Mike Huckabee summarized the decision best: “The Supreme Court essentially just declared that Congress and the President can force upon the American people anything they want and call it a tax…”
The Supreme Court’s ruling opens a door that might never be shut. At this point, some feel that the best thing that could happen is for GOP candidate Mitt Romney to win the election and repeal Obamacare on his first day of office.
While that may or may not happen, the damage has already been done no matter what happens in November.
The Supreme Court has made its decision and all future cases can look at this one as a new precedent. Lord only knows what lays ahead for our country, which is a good reminder that the best place to put one’s faith is not in a male or female leader but in God. He’s ultimately in control of what’s happening in our country and knows what our futures hold.
Matthew 6:33-34 reads: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”