Now that Senior Federal Judge Clyde Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has thrown out as unconstitutional Obama’s historic gaffe, the Patient Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, less than affectionately known as Obamacare, it may be time to review what Michelle Malkin calls “The Gaffe Machine.”
Preliminary reports as of noon EST, January 31, 2011 are that Judge Vinson ”ruled the individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance invalid and, according to the decision, ‘because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void:’ “http://tiny.cc/goo4l
That determination comes as no surprise to many observers, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, who knew from the outset that Obamacare was both an abominable and unconstitutional federal power grab. However, Democrats rushed for passage of the 2309 page bill, were so hell-bent on ramming the monstrosity down the throats of Americans, were so busy that no one bothered even to read it before voting on it. Too bad. The nation and the president might have been spared the debacle that is the PPPACA.
It will be difficult for Obama to sluff off the significance of Vinson’s ruling and impossible for his mainstream media to provide its usual cover with this president’s mistakes and misstatements. All his previous screwups pale by comparison with the monumental gaffe of Obamacare which should be hung around his neck like a dead albatross, the ultimate symbol of a failed presidency.
It’s not so much that President makes mistakes, uses solecisms, and just says stupid things, such as confusing Iraq with Afghanistan the other day. We all make mistakes. It’s that they have either been totally ignored by most of his mainstream media or, if mentioned at all when they somehow become public knowledge, were quickly buried and forgotten as if they never happened or were never spoken.
That same MSM seems to possess a preternatural ability to publicize, retain, and enshrine in its archives to be dredged up on command any slip by Republicans such as George W. Bush or, more lately, by Sarah Palin, but they have done Barack Hussein Obama a major disservice: They made him think and believe his pre-and post-election press, that he was flawless, that he was a modern messiah, that he could virtually walk on water, was real and true.
Had the MSM humanized him, had it honestly attributed to him even a few Obamaisms to counterbalance the hundreds of Bushims that so delighted them, Obama may have taken the time to consider the ramifications, and constitutionality, of Obamacare. After all, he was a constitutional scholar!
Had Jay Leno or the media rebuked him for demeaning Special Olympic kids on national television, had George Stephanopoulis not bailed him out when he spoke of “my Muslim faith,” had someone asked him if he were a socialist after he told Joe the Plumber he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” had he been asked to explain when he jumped the gun and said that “Cambridge police acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates, had he been corrected after twice mispronouncing “corpsmen” as “corpse-man,” Obama may have accepted his fallibility.
He may have come to that realization even sooner had he been reminded that there are only 50 states in the union after he bragged during the campaign that, “I’ve now been in 57 states–I think one left to go:” http://tiny.cc/ylvnt
Instead, his MSM and the relative few who heard all those gaffes–and there were many more–gave him a pass, and thereby reinforced his bloated ego.
As President Obama’s pastor and soulmate of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said of the American tragedy of 9/11, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Obama never criticized that line and was never criticized by his MSM for letting it slide. Maybe he and they should have since Obama’s chickens, Obama’s gaffes, have now also come home to roost and Judge Vinson has roasted every one, starting by cooking the president’s legacy gaffe, Obamacare.