Wyoming Liberty Group
Much has transpired since I started writing about Citizens United a few blog posts ago. In the midst of a still-developing national debate, some have called for a full-blown amendment to the Constitution to “cure” the fact that more speech will occur. Others have used the opportunity to inflate government power over corporations. And some have urged the full subsidization of elections for federal office – something of a sophisticated welfare for politicians scheme. Something’s missing here.
Last week, the Supreme Court took another step in the right direction to protect free speech. In United States v. Stevens, the Court examined the propriety of the federal government making it illegal to make videos, magazines, or pamphlets that depicted animal cruelty. One problem: the federal law at issue defined “animal cruelty” as not just mutilation or torture, but also the wounding or killing of an animal. That ban meant that producing or possessing anything that depicted humane slaughter, hunting methods, and sport techniques could subject a person to five years imprisonment.
Late Thursday President Obama signed a memorandum directing hospitals that accept Medicaid and Medicare funds must recognize a patient’s designated partner for visitation and consultation rights. Whatever side of our nation’s continuing debate over same sex marriages you may fall on, the continued proclivity of American presidents to use executive orders and presidential memoranda to settle controversial issues and run roughshod over the Constitution remains a repugnant practice in civil society.
In early February, Americans gather about to watch whether groundhogs see their shadows and get scared or gleefully prance into the year ahead. Just like groundhogs, somewhere along our journey in life, we all have shadows to face. Something amazing happens when we see those shadows for what they are and defeat the fear surrounding them.
Obamacare is now a reality. Wyoming’s families and businesses will now be subjugated into compliance with a massive change to our health care system, the magnitude of which supersedes that of Medicare and Medicaid combined. As Medicaid expands and the public option pushes private insurance out of the way, reimbursements for medical practitioners will fall to Medicaid-Medicare levels across the board. As the smallest health insurance market in the country, we will quickly be gobbled up by government-run health insurance. Like the first in a row of 50 domino bricks, the state of Wyoming will be the first to fall under the federal government’s pressure to socialize health care.
In my next set of blog entries, I’ll be discussing the fallout of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United. A national confusion has arisen over the meaning of the case and its role, positive or negative, in our democratic process. Amidst many shouting voices, some historic truths have been overlooked.
By Anthony McConnell
Since their invention, firearms have played a major role when individuals have sought to establish their independence. Just as our forefathers used firearms to tame the West and carve out a place far from the reaches of tyranny, so now the Wyoming Legislature is planning to use them to defend Wyoming’s sovereignty — though in a much less violent way.