"Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court"
One of the enduring mysteries of life is the DUmmies' infatuation with Europe. I mean, disincentivizing tax rates, oppressive political correctness, moral decline, secularization--no, wait, it's no mystery at all! That's exactly what the DUmmies WANT!
But what IS an enduring mystery is why the DUmmies don't just move there. Europe is everything they long for and desire. So why don't they go? Is it the distance? I'm told they make airplanes now that will get you across the ocean in a matter of hours. Is it the language? I personally offer to teach Swedish for FREE to any DUmmie who promises to move there and never come back. And if Europe is too far, there's always the poor man's Europe, our neighbor to the north, Canada. But still, the DUmmies won't leave.
Whenever the dark stain on America's soul that is conservatism rears its ugly head, the DUmmies will look to Europe and whine, "Oh, why, WHY can't we be more like Europe?? Just THINK of what our more enlightened cousins across the sea must think of us! This backward, redneck nation of Jesusland rethuglicans! YECCHH!! Oh, please, Europe, don't confuse us progressives with our dimwitted countrymen! We are ASHAMED to be Americans! We truly are!"
So it is when it comes to Obamacare (AKA the ACA) and the pending decision of the Supreme Court as to its constitutionality. The DUmmies are embarrassed that this should even be an issue! The Europeans are laughing at us! Ouch! And if they only knew that this is not even about single-payer socialized medicine, like Europe has, but just about mandated health insurance. . . . If they knew that, they'd be even more aghast at America! We are WAAAYYY behind Europe in our march toward socialism! And so our thread for today, this THREAD, "Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court."
So let us now don our Eurowannabe duds and join the Eurowannabe DUmmies, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson, who has spent a lot of time in Europe but prefers America, is in the [brackets]:
Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court
[Oh, no! America is going to embarrass us AGAIN!]
Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling.
[The Baffle of Europe.]
"The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK. . . .
[The Paris sites are baffled.]
"Sans précédent, extraordinaires". . . .
[Which means, "What a stupid president you have!"}
In the German edition of The Financial Times, Sabine Muscat is astonished at Justice Antonin Scalia's argument that if the government can mandate insurance, it can also require people to eat broccoli.
[Ich bin ein Broccoliner.]
"Absurder Vergleich". . . .
["What an absurd vegetable!"]
Over in Britain, the opposition is more direct. The Guardian's Kevin Powell called the debate "surreal" in his Monday column. "Wasn't the point to make sure the richest and most powerful nation on the planet could protect its own people, as other nations do?" he wrote. "If Americans are promised not just liberty but life and happiness, is there not a constitutional right to affordable healthcare?"
[Britian can't even get their teeth straight, and you're going to lecture us?? . . . Now on to the Eurowannabe DUmmies . . .]
Europe needs to get in line for bafflement . . . plenty of bafflement right here.
[Europe needs to get in line for their healthcare . . . and then wait about eight months.]
Except for the baby, no one in my family has health insurance.
[In that case, you better hope Obamacare is struck down, or else you're going to jail! Except for the baby.]
We have five Ju$ti¢e$ and four Justices. Five of them have been bought off and none of those five even go to the bathroom without getting permission from Wall Street.
[They are the sitting justices.]
Pack Congress with Democrats in November and everything can and will be corrected.
[Uh, wasn't Congress packed with Democrats in '09 and '10, and didn't they GIVE us Obamacare?]
an overwhelmingly Democratic congress can pass single payer after the November elections.
[And my Cubs can win the World Series in October. Hey, it could happen!]
Vote a straight Democratic ballot in November.
[Yes, you Democratics, vote a straight Democrat ticket on November 7! Remember, remember, the Seventh of November!]
From your lips to God/dess' ears.
[To Whom It May Concern, have mercy on us!]
we live in a sociopathic country... prime environment for fascism. . . . the same bastards who claim to be pro-life would watch you die.
[Yes, there never have been any provisions for the poor and destitute until now! All those hospitals founded by Christian churches? They didn't exist! All those charities? It's just your imagination! Only the federal government can take care of you!]
Not just "watch you die," but cheer loudly at the prospect!
["Death to liberals!" they would cry. "YAY!!!"]
Providing health care is an affront to liberty at the same time forced strip searching and rectal/vaginal inspections . . . is not.
[benburch is strongly in favor of forced strip-searching and rectal inspections.]
The US is the ONLY country in the world with a party as extreme as the GOP. There is NO other political entity, in fact no more OPPRESSIVE regime, than the America republican party. . . . I keep saying, we must get rid of the GOP if we are to have ANY chance of integrating into the society of civilized nations. The republican Party . . . has existed as a criminal organization for several decades now. Use existing RICO statutes to neutralize it financially, then use criminal statutes to get rid of the rest of it.
[Death to rethuglicans! YAY!!!]
They've made it their mission to sabotage everything President Obama tries to do.
[Simply because he's black. Don't forget to add, "They can't stand having a black man in the White House."]
the current Republican party lives to obstruct, sabotaging the Democrats being more important than making the government work. Seems to me pretty close to treason.
[It IS treason! Opposition to Democrats is TREASON!! DEATH to Rethuglicans! String 'em up!]
Who cares what they [the Europeans] think. . . . clearly our Constitutions are different.
[Ruh roh. . . .]
Its nothing to do with the constitution. . . .
[Who cares about that dumb old constitution! Phooey on it!]
I'll take our constitution against any European constitution any day of the week.
[Whoa, them's fightin' words! Prepare for tombstoning in 3 . . . 2 . . .]
Europe needs to call Thom Hartmann. He'll straighten them out, PDQ.
[How about Olbermann? He could go along.]
Well, we go by the rule of law as expressed in the Constitution. Journalists in Europe, one would think, would be sophisticated enough to understand our system. Not that it is "an affront to liberty." It would be a matter of whether our federal government has the power under the Constitution.
[LOUSY FREEPER TROLL!!!]
Our Constitution is the highest law of the land.
[NO, NO, STOP IT!!!]
We would and the planet would be better off if we all took followed Europe`s lead in Democratic Socialism. Peace and prosperity would be the result. . . .
[And unicorns would fart sparkles and rainbows.]
A majority of Americans seem to have no idea what Socialism is. They think : Communism, forced, rigid government, "they'll take what I have and give it to the worthless."
[Actually, that pretty much nails it.]
No wonder the Europeans think we're a clueless, uneducated bunch of rednecks.
[Oh, why, WHY can't we be more like Europe!!]
We are a disgrace in the eyes of the rest of the world.
[We're sorry we exist, rest of the world! We're so ashamed!]
Want a perfect Court? Invent the perfect man.
[I thought that was Obamassiah. Just abolish the Supreme Court and have him do both jobs. He's doing such a bang-up job as President, after all.]
The court needs to be bigger.
[Or smaller. Just The One.]
USA! USA! USA!
[Settle down, settle down! Pitt may write an essay on you.]
our courts have the right to rule on what is and what is not constitutional.
[No, not THIS again!]
How does ensuring all citizens have access to affordable healthcare not meet the concept in the preamble to the Constitution that reads "promote the general welfare"?
[As usual--nay, as is always the case--the liberals don't have a CLUE as to what that phrase is there for.]
How more intrinsic to "welfare" can there be than ensuring people can see a doctor when they need to?
[What about food? Isn't that even more intrinsic? FREE FOOD FOR ALL! UNIVERSAL BROCCOLI!]
We have been told our whole life that we have three co-equal branches of government. Before our very eyes we can see that one leg of the three can overturn the will of the other two. . . .
[Um, it's called "separation of powers," "checks and balances." Kinda like when a president vetoes a bill, he's "overturning the will" of the Congress.]
Most Europeans would be opposed to Obamacare if they knew what it was. Most Europeans thinks this healthcare bill is about normal single payer healthcare like we have in Europe, thats why they are baffled.
[You guys are SO FAR ahead of us!! You have almost NO freedom left! You are so lucky!]
Repeat this over and over. MEDICARE FOR ALL!
[And click your heels as you do! MEDICARE FOR ALL! MEDICARE FOR ALL! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE EUROPE! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE EUROPE! THERE'S NO PLACE. . . .]
the eyes of the world are on the SCOTUS. . . .
[Quit looking at my SCOTUS!]
So, does the Supreme Conservative Five make themselves look like @ssholes?
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioners. . . .
[Quit looking at my Amicus Briefs!]
I think Europeans are baffled by many things about America. . . .
[What I'M baffled by is WHY YOU DON'T MOVE TO EUROPE!!! Look, there are planes leaving tomorrow! I'll help you pack! You can send postcards!]