Forrest BurtnetteThe four words “established by the state” that allowed the Supreme Court to give Obamacare a pass today is so symbolic to what has happened to this country. The banning of the Confederate flag is also symbolic. Today, the Confederate flag no longer represents a struggle of states against a powerful central northern-based crony government. To display the flag is a now a racist thoughtcrime.

In the case before the Supreme Court (SCROTUS) today they took the phrase “established by the state” to mean established by THE STATE. Everybody got it? You are not living in your state, but you are living in THE STATE where your masters transfer power over instantly from your state to THE STATE. Your opinions are invalid and inconsequential.

Why is SCROTUS changing what a sentence means? I feel like we’re back to the Clinton presidency trying to determine the definition of sex. First of all, Obamacare is illegal, because in America, you cannot force anyone to buy anything against his will. To boot, Obamacare will make us all pay more for health insurance and will not allow us to choose our own doctors. Second of all, let’s say SCROTUS would have punted, and did not give a definitive green light or red light for Obamacare. They could at very least have sent it back to Congress and said something like this:

The language is very clear – a state gets federal subsidies only if the state set up an exchange – so yes, we understand this threatens the survival of Obamacare, but at the same time, we cannot interpret the law on a whim – you guys – Congress have to clarify/fix this. We are only a court of nine people, most of whom are liberals. For us to rule on this matter in a definitive way would be totally partisan and inappropriate. It should go back to Congress where representatives of the people make the law.”

More and more I’m convinced that we live in an extremely corrupt system where the rule of law is no longer important.

Another irony today is that it has just been reported that thousands of emails from Lois Lerner have been destroyed in a cover-up of the continuing IRS scandal. I don’t even recognize this country we are living in anymore. It’s like the Federal government is giving us all the big middle finger. You pay the IRS a huge chunk of your salary, they redistribute it, and use it for bloated programs, and then if you question them at all, they destroy the incriminating emails, and they destroy you. It’s like lawless socialism with big-police state fascism thrown in. The power the Feds have to ruin your livelihood whenever they want to (hey – pull out the “obstruction of justice charge”….works every time) and the fact that all the politicians, like Obama, are saying “They are trying to take away your healthcare money” is crazy. We are living in crazy-ville. Just crazy, bat-sh*t, crazy. You can’t steal money from working Americans and redistribute it through central planning, then when constitutional conservatives come along to fix that Marxist policy – accuse them of taking money away from the recipients of the stolen money. The Feds are taking money away from you! But you’re accused of taking money from them! What the hell is going on?? Go back to work America – the STATE needs your money and your submission.

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Forrest is a James Madison University graduate and has lived in Albemarle County for the last 15 years. He is married with kids and likes economics, history, politics, traveling, languages.and music among many other things.


  1. In the case before the Supreme Court (SCROTUS) today they took the phrase “established by the state” to mean established by THE STATE. Everybody got it?

    You got it wrong. What the Court did it defer to what the language of the bill was clearly intended to mean. In other words, in this ruling, they were originalists, which is what you guys are in regards to the Constitution, when it’s politically expedient for you to be. Now that it’s politically expedient for you to disregard what the bill’s authors clearly mean but poorly said, you oppose originalism.

    The Confederate flag symbolizes the Confederacy. What did the Confederacy stand for? The South made clear in its own words that secession was about the right to own slaves.

    In its secession declaration, Mississippi said that “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of the commerce of the earth. . . . A blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.”

    South Carolina said in its “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union that

    “Those {Northern]States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection. For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the common Government.

    . . . A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States, whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.

    This sectional combination for the submersion of the Constitution, has been aided in some of the States by elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and safety.

    In other words, sure South Carolina was opposing a powerful central government – because that government would no longer allow it to hold slaves. And when Carolina put the flag _back_ up at the statehouse in 1962, it did so at the height of the Civil Rights movement. In other words, it was put up as a symbol of segregation.

    But the reason the flag should come down everywhere is not that it’s “a racist thoughtcrime.” Most opponents of the flag recognize that most proponents of it are not racist. The real reason to take down the flag is what I illustrate above, the fact that it stood for preserving the institutions of slavery and segregation. The real reason to take down the flag is to follow Christ’s injunction to love our neighbors.


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