Yesterday was full of stunning decisions:
First, of course, the Supreme Court delivered their decision on Obamacare() and the Commerce Clause () – more on that later.
Also announced yesterday, Lady M’s Opinion on the Separation of Church and State.
At a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee Lady M, surprisingly, gave it (separation of church and state) a big :
"To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better – no better place. Because ultimately, these are not just political issues - they are moral issues."
This is huge! Lady M continues…
Today, while there are no more 'whites only' signs keeping us out, no one barring our children from the schoolhouse door, we know our journey is far from finished."
The new hurdle? Bad schools, unhealthy diet, unsafe neighborhoods. The solution: diet, exercise and turning the TV off.
So there you have it: Lady M has spoken, and just like that, the separation of church and state clause has been struck down! Here’s the lead: “Lady M supports George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives!” At least through the reelection.
I guess that means that we are now free to display crèches, crosses and the Ten Commandments in the court house again!
OK boys – you can bring ‘em back!
Next up, in the House, there was the “misguided and politically motivated” vote to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress. After the vote Ricky explained, helpfully, to the press why he – the chief law officer of the land - should remain above the law:
"Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year. By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety."
He went on to explain how Chairman Issa and other Republicans:
“…have devoted their time and attention to making reckless charges — unsupported by fact — and to advancing truly absurd conspiracy theories.”
Uh…I hate to point this out, butt isn’t that the basis for the whole squabble that led to the contempt charges in the first place? The the fact that Ricky refused to release the precise documents that the Committee believes will support their charges with “facts?” All the circular arguments going on around Washington are beginning to make me woozy.
Meanwhile, former House Speaker San Fran Nan and John Lewis, iconic civil rights leader (although not a community organizer), took a page from the Wisconsin legislators’ little book of evasive techniques and fled the scene.
They led 100 fellow Democrat Congress-weasels in a
staged principled fit of pique protest.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer made it perfectly clear that the Democrats occupied the moral high ground on this issue: “This is not about race. It is, however, about confrontation over cooperation.” I don’t think the Republicans would disagree with any part of that; they also claim it has nothing to do with race, and agree that it’s a confrontation over Ricky’s lack of cooperation. So I’m not sure I quite understand the grounds for disagreement or the point of the protest.
It’s probably because I was so distracted by all the blowback from the Supreme Court decision and wasn’t paying close enough attention.
Fortunately, Clarice – American Thinker author, D.C. attorney and resident MOL - was all over the case. Here’s her final analysis; it’s an OUTSTANDING review of why yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision isn’t as bad as you might think. DO NOT and I mean NOT miss Clarice’s Pieces today on American Thinker (I know it’s not Sunday yet, butt this is BIG): Obamacare: ‘Things Are Now Up For Grabs.’
It will help put things in perspective, make you feel better and load you up for the long game. As Mary first mentioned yesterday, Clarice elaborates on how the barn door on the Commerce Clause has finally been closed (after we lost most of our ponies, butt still…) and points out few things that you may not have thought about yet, including, butt not limited to this:
The ball is now in the Republicans' court. They've already scheduled a repeal vote on July 11. Once before the Democrat-controlled Senate was able to scotch the effort by threat of filibuster. Had the mandate stood as mandate they could do so again. But now that it's a tax, it can be passed by a simple majority. And if it is, the president will be forced before the election to veto a repeal of a law a majority of the voters keep indicating they want repealed.
And now, your marching orders:
Call or write your senator to demand repeal – make Big Guy veto it
UPDATE: This just in. Clarice sent this link to an article by Mickey Kaus explaining the Senate rules on budget reconciliation and how the ObamaTax individual mandate can be repealed and avoid filibuster.