For the last two weeks, liberal leaders in Washington have been describing Obamacare (which funds abortions and threatens healthcare rationing) as the “will of the people” and “settled law.” They have reminded us that “elections have consequences” (apparently including never being able to oppose or change a law instituted by someone who has won an election), and even described conservative congressional leaders attempting to defund or repeal the so-called “affordable care act” as “anarchists.”
Let us leave aside for a moment the fact that this kind of rhetoric flies in the face of the principles which undergird the republican government and political freedom which have been the staff and strength of our system since the Founding. The shabby totalitarianism, restrained only by indolence and essential gutlessness, displayed by such arguments is hardly surprising, given the moral and philosophical vacuum which has long stood in the place of an atmosphere for many of our current anti-life political figures. More noteworthy is the sheer hypocrisy of a professional politician complaining that opposition to a recently passed law is somehow tearing at the foundations of representative government and the rule of law. There nothing astonishing in political hypocrisy per se but it is unusual that instinct shared by all highly self-interested individuals to avoid making oneself ridiculous seems to have deserted so many of the major figures in the congressional left at once. Of course legislators work to alter or invalidate laws with which they disagree. The congressional Democrats (and certain easily-bored Republicans) surely have a list of laws on the books which they would change, had they only the opportunity. They would almost certainly find attempts to convince them that these laws were untouchable, having been enacted by people who at some point in the past won elections, risible.
Now, as ff the incongruity outlined above were not itself sufficiently explicit to demonstrate the bad faith of anti-life political forces, Life News is reporting that even, as their allies in DC wax eloquent about the absolute sanctity of previously passed laws, anti-life activists in Texas are turning to the courts to stop implementation of a pro-life measure favored by 64% of the electorate. The law, which forces the closure of abortion clinics which do not meet certain minimum standards of safety and hygiene, passed over numerous anti-life objections and political opposition which included protests, a filibuster, and threats of violence against pro-lifers. An earlier attempt to pass the law was partially derailed by noise from a mob which had invaded the Texas legislative chamber.
Now that the law has passed despite the best (and from the standpoint of good order, worst) efforts of opponents, the very same people who consider Obamacare a sacrosanct and inviolate expression of the sensus populorum seek to block its implementation through a series of trick that reference the voters not at all.
I wish I had it in me to be shocked.