What George Washington and Barack Obama have in Common


So what do these men have in common? Well, they are power-hungry communists hell-bent on achieving a complete government takeover. Wait. Hold on. That doesn’t sound right. I must be watching too much Fox News. What they both have in common is that they both put into law individual mandates. Or according to Fox News, power-hungry communists hell-bent on achieving a complete government takeover.

President Washington signed into law the Militia Act of 1792, which mandated all “able-bodied” males own a “good musket or firelock.”  So over two centuries, before President Obama decided to take over control of the government and destroy the Constitution with his health care bill, which requires an individual mandate, our first President had already beaten him to the punch.

I bring this up because next week the Supreme Court will decide on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which in reality is, as Biden would say, “a big f***ing deal.” Health care is arguably the single biggest issue America faces (next to birth control and porn of course).  Health care affects every single person, the costs are skyrocketing, the programs already in place are running out of money and the future state of health care in this county is shaky at best. With that said, I hope partisan issues do not determine the outcome of this case. Supreme Court Justices serve life terms precisely to avoid partisan politics.

Now, I’m not here to say because Washington had a mandate that was Constitutional therefore the health care act is Constitutional.  However, they are very similar and our court system is based on precedent.  I just hope the extreme growing divide in our political parties does not bear the most weight on this decision.  Health care is too big of an issue to cater to political parties.

4 thoughts on “What George Washington and Barack Obama have in Common

  1. Plus, the vast majority of this country’s Founders were still serving in government at some capacity and they didn’t seem to have a problem with the Militia Act. Those opposed to the Affordable Care Act love to use the “Founders” as a crux for their claim that it shredded the Constitution. But if this was so far beyond the intent of the Founders then why were they obviously in favor of the first Individual Mandate?

  2. “Tea partiers” just like using the words constitution and the founders, but have no idea what either actually stood for. Yet they are certain whatever Obama does is automatically against the constitution and at complete odds with the founders. It must be nice having such strong convictions based on no facts.

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