As a Christ-follower, I love everyone. And I believe there is a Truth that is greater than all of us, and a way to Life which we are all invited to follow.
As a sinner, I am profoundly grateful for Grace, and I don’t hold myself in higher regard than anyone else.
As an American, I’m grateful for the liberties protected by the Constitution, and the freedom to worship God in the way I please.
As a libertarian, I don’t care what you do as long as it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket.
As a human, I will always respect and tolerate my fellow man, and do my best to live in a manner worthy of the respect of others.
As a free person, I’m deeply disturbed by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to take power from the people and their representatives and to legislate new rights.
As a Christ-following American libertarian, my opinion is a little more nuanced than the caricatures often presented by others as my beliefs. And I bet the same can be said about people of all political, moral and theological beliefs.
Let’s love one another, even when we disagree about the ruling of nine judges who have their own sets of beliefs, opinions and standards.
Because in the end, #LoveWins
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
Yesterday, I explained why I’m inspired and hopeful after the Supreme Court’s monumental ruling on Obamacare. I believe we’re only in Act Two in a three-part story and that We the People get to decide the ending.
Read Part 1 for my prediction of how Act Three of this story will play out.
Here’s how we can turn the story’s Act Three into reality:
- Make sure you, your friends and family are registered to vote. Then go vote on November 6 for the candidates who understand where our rights come from and what the role of government ought to be, and who have vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare.
- Pray for our country. God is not neutral with regards to the freedom or oppression of the people He created. God gives us freedom—it is man who takes it away. When God appeared to the King of Israel, He said, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We have to pray for our country and its leaders, and we have to start with ourselves. If we want leaders who understand limited spending, we have to limit our own spending and debt in our households. If we want leaders who are honest and lead with integrity, we have to tell the truth in our own lives and be a people of integrity. True change must start with us.
- Finally, we need to inform ourselves and teach our children. We are blessed to live in the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of human civilization. Did we just end up that way? Or is there a reason? If it’s not by accident, what are the principles that led to our nation’s success in such a short existence? Are we still great or have we lost our way? Is there a way back?
To answer these questions and more, I highly recommend a great book by a constitutional scholar who studied law during the Great Depression and grew up during some of the toughest times our nation has ever faced. He saw the past greatness and achievement of our young country and wanted to know how, after 5,000 years of human civilization, this newborn infant of a nation came to create so much opportunity and freedom and prosperity for people around the world. He captured what he learned in his book, The Five Thousand Year Leap. I suggest you read it, reread our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and teach your children these concepts in age-appropriate ways.
I believe that if we commit ourselves to following these steps, we will write a happy ending to our story. But that’s not the end either. Repealing and replacing this one bill is only the beginning. We have a long road to getting back to what once made a philosopher who visited our country say, “America is great because she is good.” In fact, if we overturn this massive power-grab only to go on living our lives as if nothing ever happened, I would submit that the effort is meaningless. If we truly want to save our country and preserve its blessing for future generations, we need to continually follow the steps above.
I believe it’s worth the effort. And I believe we can do it. That is why I’m inspired and filled with hope.
After some crying and pouting and depression yesterday (I’m slightly exaggerating), I’m actually very happy and inspired today with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (AKA—Obamacare).
No, I’m not in favor of the largest middle-class tax increase our nation has ever seen.
No, I don’t think anyone quite knows yet how far-reaching the 2,700 page bill actually is or how severely it will impact our economy, our health or our liberty.
And no, I certainly don’t think the justices in the United States Supreme Court made the right decision—I agree with them that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause does not give Congress the authority to compel individuals to enter a market in addition to regulating that market, but I disagree that classifying this as a tax makes it okay to require people to purchase a product as a condition of citizenship in the United States.
And I absolutely agree with Justice Kennedy and the other three dissenting justices that the entire bill is “invalid in its entirety” and that this ruling is “a vast judicial overreaching.” And, since they decided the individual mandate is essentially a tax (despite President Obama insisting it’s not), I’m not in favor of the power the IRS now holds over my health insurance and yours.
And yet, I’m still very satisfied with yesterday’s ruling. I know that seems crazy. And I may be, at times, more optimistic than others think reasonable or sane. But I think I’m still in the realm of sanity this time.
Here’s why I think this could be a good thing:
The Supreme Court just handed the fate of Obamacare back to the American people. In actuality, this bill is now upheld and ready to be enacted and the ball is rolling. In 2014 it will be fully implemented. If we do nothing, this bill and the unprecedented, unconstitutional extension of power it grants our government will move forward. Unless you and I act. I would submit that this battle for Man’s Freedom is not over. I would submit that this is only Act Two in the story of this struggle for our rights and individual liberty:
- Act One was the passing of a bill through every means necessary—You may recall the kickbacks and sweetheart deals given to Democrats who opposed the bill. Then there was the deliberate distortion of the facts to the public. Finally, when the voters of Massachusetts filled the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat with a Republican (removing the Democratic majority’s filibuster-proof 60th seat) the House used the Constitutionally questionable process of reconciliation, usually reserved for budgetary bills, to avoid the “speed-bump” known as the will of the American People and a potential block in the Senate.
- Act Two is where the Supreme Court barely upholds the bill’s constitutionality, by the narrowest margin possible. This is where we stand today. This is where President Obama and Congressmen Pelosi and Reid would like the story to end. But not so fast…
- Act Three, I predict, is when the American People, by way of taking a stand at the voting booths, will send a loud and clear message to Congress and our new President: “Government derives its powers from the consent of the governed. You do not have our consent to take away our liberties and our rights. If you do not repeal and replace this bill, your job will be repealed and you will be replaced as our representatives.” In response, both chambers of Congress will send a bill to the President, and on January 21, 2013, he will immediately sign it into law on his first day as the new executive.
Check back tomorrow for how we can make Act Three a reality…