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    Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.


    Obamacare Should Remind Us We Are Not 'Subjects,' We Are People.


    Laura Hollis is a professor at the University of Notre Dame
    November 20, 2013 - 10:42 am


    The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.


    The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it.They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it.They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.
    Where is your spine, America?


    Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn't the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.
    Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:


    1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law's enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!
    And while he moves steadily "forward" with his plans to "fundamentally transform" the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like "free birth control pills"! (In fact, let's face it: this administration's odd obsession with sex in general - Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! -- is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)


    2. It isn't just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling thatHealthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I've explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn't a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.
    I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public's money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) -- IS what central planning looks like.
    The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what's good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: "we know what is good the 'the people.'
    And they are always wrong.
    There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d'état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn't people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?
    But communism's watered-down cousin, socialism, isn't much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ˇViva la Revolución!
    Contrary to what so many who believe in a "living Constitution" say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn't say "what government had to do on your behalf.") They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)


    3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don't take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, "You know, I actually believe my own bullshit." He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, "You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth."
    Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, "If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period!"? Of course he did. That's what he does.


    4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.
    The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress' feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying - or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)
    Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies,The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President "misspoke.") They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.


    5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What's left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.
    Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).
    The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.
    When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read "paid for") and what will not.
    That's just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They're spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don't fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it's helpful to think of their assurances this way: "If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.")


    6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn't Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand "progressives" have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.
    I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.
    The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: "We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word "REPEAL" isn't front and center in your campaign, we won't vote for you. Period."


    Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.


    We need to heed her words and take heart to change things! I personally think Mark Levin is right. AND it's the only way to control Congress, who will NEVER control themselves … or give themselves less pay (i.e. like they just did our ever deserving military folks!).

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    ...methinks white power would like this proffessor...
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    She is the anti-Chop

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    She is right.

    If you are enjoying prosperity and good health, consider yourself lucky.......and among the last to do so.
    There is nothing quite so empty as someone who is full of themself.

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    ...methinks you are missing her point 'rider...

    ...you sound like one of her examples bro...
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    Wow, I'm shocked that came out of a notre dame professor. The school's administrators full supported obamacare, well until the contraception mandate.
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    You know I don't think Obama could fuck shit up more if it was his actual intent.

    Which I'm beginning to think may be...


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    Quote Originally Posted by maui View Post
    You know I don't think Obama could fuck shit up more if it was his actual intent.

    Which I'm beginning to think may be...

    Ya' think? In his own way, he said he was going to fuck this country up. It's one of the only promises he kept.

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    ...we are certinly being transformed...
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    Good lord that column coming out of a professor at a prestigious school is embarrassing. It reads like an Alex Jones diatribe, not a well considered paper from an academic. Even if you agree with the message I wouldn't give it too much credit, because IMO it actually tarnishes the anti-obama side.

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    Shes right about everything but especially about the complacency of people 'this sucks, oh well, dancing with the stars is still on'.

    but at least some of the media has begun to swing the other way. You know when Leno and Stewart finally begin cracking jokes at obamas expense, the honeymoon is finally over. HOPEFULLY people see Hilary as a clone of obama and vote against her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frEEk View Post
    Good lord that column coming out of a professor at a prestigious school is embarrassing. It reads like an Alex Jones diatribe, not a well considered paper from an academic. Even if you agree with the message I wouldn't give it too much credit, because IMO it actually tarnishes the anti-obama side.
    im guessing she needed to write a paper that was readable to a wider audience. I would bet if you wanted bigger words, she's written other papers.

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    notre dame is prestigious? lol Ahead of who??
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    bought gas for 2.87/gal this morning and my mortgage rate is below 4%... I'm good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin_F View Post
    im guessing she needed to write a paper that was readable to a wider audience. I would bet if you wanted bigger words, she's written other papers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry_Schiavo View Post
    notre dame is prestigious? lol Ahead of who??
    maybe my mistake? thought it was ivy league, perhaps it is just high profile for other reasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Austin_F View Post
    im guessing she needed to write a paper that was readable to a wider audience. I would bet if you wanted bigger words, she's written other papers.
    not what i meant. nothing to do with fancy academic speech, big works and technical terms, i mean her argument is shit. it is all emotion and assumptions. she has some valid points in there but they are so covered in raging op-ed sauce that they are just going to be dismissed.

    >Wow, I'm shocked that came out of a notre dame professor. The school's administrators full supported obamacare, well until the contraception mandate.

    wouldn't be surprised if that is exactly why it came out. now that part of the plan doesn't suit the school anymore they flip the switch and go on the attack. or this is independent of the school. perhaps everything she says (outside of official school time) is her own opinion. tho i'd be surprised if a religious school would allow free speech like that.

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    Raging op-ed sauce. I like that.

    Don't be surprised to see me steal it sometime

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    Caught a flight in Nashville this morning. ..Now I'm at the Hilton, garment district, NYC..... This got damn country is so fucked up I tell ya....Merry Christmas from the big apple....don't believe the hype..

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    That's a nice hotel pwt... What are you doing there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry_Schiavo View Post
    That's a nice hotel pwt... What are you doing there?
    Hanging out. .. For personal reasons I have to get away at Christmas. .The hotel is cool but anything below the 18th floor you get a view of the apartments next door.

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    What is the night-walker selection like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorWhiteTrash View Post
    Caught a flight in Nashville this morning. ..Now I'm at the Hilton, garment district, NYC..... This got damn country is so fucked up I tell ya....Merry Christmas from the big apple....don't believe the hype..
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    Fucking Unions killed this country.Still are.
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    the U.S. government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem

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