The Legacy of a President

          In recent weeks, the liberal media has been embracing a conservative icon, our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, who was born on this date one hundred years ago. Now they haven’t been embracing him for his ability to bring a forlorn nation together after what was apparently a lack-luster Jimmy Carter presidency, or his economic policies that unleashed decades of American prosperity, or his ability to think on his feet in front of a news media who- even back then- hated his conservative ideals. They’ve been trying to link him to the current occupant of the White House, though I’m not sure why as they seem to have little in common other than they have both been president. Time magazine even Photoshopped this laughable picture of the two of them following Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January. The pundits called him “Reaganesque” and for weeks, all we’ve heard is that this president has gotten the message sent by the people back in November- and he’s moving to the center. Even his former opponent, John McCain has been completely taken in and is convinced that now, this is a man they can work with.
          Yeah, right. Note to Arizona voters: what were you thinking?
          As Obama would say that’s “Just words, just speeches…”
          Actions, as we all know, speak louder than words. Ronald Reagan, he is not. Take for instance, the ObamaCare issue. This past week, a federal judge in Florida, Judge Roger Vinson, ruled that the health care law in its entirety is unconstitutional. Did I mention that President Reagan appointed Judge Vinson to the court in 1983? So now the media has ended their brief love fest with all things Reagan and have gone back to trashing him, and Judge Vinson. The White House response to the ruling was to say that it was “odd and unconventional”.
          In his ruling, Judge Vinson sided with 26 states who had maintained that the law is unconstitutional because the mandate that will require all Americans to purchase government-approved health insurance grants Congress too much power under the Commerce Clause. The judge stated, “Never before has Congress required everyone buy a product from a private company (essentially for life) just for being alive and residing in the United States.” He added that “this is not what the Founding Fathers could have intended.”
          So let me get this straight. A federal judge, who swears to uphold the Constitution (as all of our elected officials do), refers to the Founders and the Federalist Papers in his ruling, and he’s considered “odd and unconventional” to this administration? If that’s the case, we need more odd and unconventional judges and presidents who appoint such people to the courts. For that matter, we need more candidates for office at every level who look back to our founding documents for guidance.
          There’s no evidence as of now that the Obama Administration will cease all efforts to implement ObamaCare until the Supreme Court hears the appeal. If that continues to be the case, the administration will be in contempt of court. It won’t be the first time.
          It remains to be seen if President Reagan, even years after his passing, has managed to save our republic from falling completely into socialism with his decision to appoint Judge Vinson, or whether ObamaCare will prevail with all of it’s far-reaching consequences. It just goes to show us all how important elections are, and how important it is to know about the people whom we elect.  It seems like we should be electing more people like…well, like the man who would have been 100 years old today.


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