HDR 116: Obamacare and An Immigrant’s Tale
ALOHA, ALL! By now you’ve heard that District Judge Roger Vinson struck down 0bamacare as unconstitutional – the whole motley mess of it. It seems that the geniuses who devised the monstrosity didn’t include a severability clause, so if one section is found to be unconstitutional, then the whole ball of wax gets canned. FAIL! “The individual mandate falls outside the boundary of Congress’ Commerce Clause authority,” Vinson writes in his 78-page ruling, “and cannot be reconciled with a limited government of enumerated powers.” BTW – Judge Vinson was a Reagan appointee. So much for the whole “0bama is the new Reagan” thing. Some links:
And Now, My Mom – The Immigrant…..Today marks the 82nd anniversary of her arrival into New York Harbor on the SS Roma. At 8 years old, she was tired, scared and anxious about her new life in America. The voyage on the Northern Atlantic in January had been especially difficult (they almost sank three times) but they finally made it. When I spoke with her on the phone this morning, she recalled in vivid detail what happened that day -through the rainy, cold, cloudy skies she looked out the porthole and saw a huge column in front of her. As she looked up, she saw a statue, holding a book in one hand and a torch in the other, with a crown of seven spires (Did you know that? Me neither.). As a young girl from a small Italian village, it was the most amazing sight she had ever seen! She had no idea what this statue was, but focused on her face – and the face brought her comfort. Mom says “The Lady” spoke to her that day and told her everything would be OK now and that she was safe. (That’s why “The Lady” will always be at the top of my blog page.) She was in America. Her transition wasn’t easy…she then spent countless hours at Ellis Island with her mother, wondering if they would be sent back to Italy. She spoke no English and was demoted in school, merely for that reason. A young black girl came to her house each morning and walked to school with her, unable to communicate with words, but only with actions. She was Mom’s first friend – they shared a common bond of understanding what it was like to be “different.” Mom told me that she had to wait until she was 18 to become a citizen, since that was the age requirement then. So as soon as she was able, she became an American and has been the staunchest patriot I know. And whenever she talks about “The Lady,” she chokes up a little. He memory of that first sighting will never fade.
Thank you, Mom. Thank you, Grandma. You came to this country to make a better life for yourselves and your children. We’ll do our best to preserve this great land of the free and home of the brave.
Final Thought: “Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” –Ronald Reagan on health care in 1961
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN 2012!!