So the U.S. House passed the monstrous Affordable Health Care Act of 2009 (if that’s not an Orwellian name, there has never been one). Of course it’s an awful bill; of course it places in the hands of our utterly inept federal government and its bureaucratic wonks a level of oversight that is far, far beyond their capacity to administer; of course it will push us further down the path toward economic catastrophe. But beyond this, it further illustrates the fact that the Constitution of the United States matters not at all to liberals, except of course in one instance: let someone perceived as a “conservative”, or a Republican, play fast-and-loose with it (in a way that said liberals can’t stomach), and the self-righteous liberals will scream bloody Jeffersonian murder. And the frank fact of the matter, of course, is that a whole lot of Republicans don’t themselves really give a rip about the Constitution either.
Bob Barr illustrates all of this well in today’s column in the AJC. For Nancy Pelosi and Jay Rockefeller, to name two mentioned in Barr’s column, the Constitution is a joke.
Can anarchy–or totalitarianism–be too far distant, when we’ve divorced ourselves increasingly from any notion that the law matters?