Law of the Land can be changed

To the editor:

“Obamacare is the law of the land!” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a liberal repeat that mantra in the past two weeks, I’d have $3.40 by now. It has become the standard catch phrase for anyone who wants to see the Affordable Care Act be fully implemented and integrated into our economic system.

Technically speaking, they are right. Obamacare is the law of the land. It has been passed by Congress, signed into law by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. So it is law, whether we like it or not.

But when liberals say that Obamacare is the law of the land, there is more to their message than the mere fact that it was legally enacted and is now part of our legal code. When they say, “Obamacare is the law of the land,” they are using that message as a propaganda tool. They are using a statement that is technically true to support an idea that is completely false.

Their objective, at this point in the public debate, is to convince Americans that Obamacare is permanent, that it is written in stone, that there is no such thing as turning back the clock or reconsidering it. According to liberals, we are stuck with Obamacare, so we might as well just learn to live with it and start pouring our personal and national resources into making it work. After all, “it’s the law of the land.”

But we all know that isn’t true. Remember Prohibition? Prohibition was once the law of the land, even more so than Obamacare. Prohibition wasn’t just passed into law by one Congress; it was actually made a part of our Constitution. But Prohibition didn’t work, and it soon became evident that the people didn’t want it. The people made their feelings known, and Prohibition was repealed.

Is Obamacare permanent? Not if the people raise their voices and insist on having it repealed. Yes, it is the law of the land. But for how long?

Michael A. Thom

New Ulm

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