The first grader stood at the front of the classroom, the rest of his class looking on, laughing, as he scratched “Um” on the blackboard over and over.
The teacher, angry with the child for not speaking clearly, brought the child to the front of the classroom to mock and humiliate him. The boy’s crime was that he stuttered. And that teacher, Richard Parlini, is still teaching at the Queens elementary school where this event—and others like it—occurred.
“The left is intellectually dead, and where it is headed toward is authoritarianism.”
Thus began the bleak remarks of Kevin Williamson, National Review’s roving correspondent, at an event this week in Washington called “Where is liberalism going?” hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
The discussion focused more on where the left would like to go than where it will actually go. According to Williamson and other panelists—David Azerrad of the Heritage Foundation and William Voegeli of the Claremont Review of Books, with the discussion moderated by Ben Domenech of the Federalist—the left’s agenda is the destruction of the American regime of constitutional, democratic self-government.
Two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle made one of the most fundamental statements ever about human society: “Man is by nature a political animal.”
Tuesday’s ruling against Obamacare in Halbig v. Burwell is a major blow to the reputation of Obamacare as “the law”—at least as the president has implemented it—and its long term implications could cripple the law’s practical viability.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare violated the religious liberty of several closely held businesses, most notably Hobby Lobby, and was consequently illegal.
In its thousands of pages, Obamacare contains the heart of the progressive vision for how society should work. A central premise of Obamacare is that everybody should have access to healthcare regardless of income or personal circumstances. Individuals do not have to rely on others to gain access to a basic life necessity; the government supplies what they need. Individuals have both the autonomy that comes from being independent from other people and the security of the government-provided benefit.
Despite the Obama administration’s declaration of victory in the Obamacare Wars, Republicans still vehemently oppose the law. House Republicans have voted to repeal the law scores of times, top Republican leaders are calling the law a “disaster” and a “catastrophic failure,” and Republicans are expected to campaign heavily on the law’s flaws in this fall’s midterm elections.
Hobby Lobby and the Obama administration finally appeared before the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to present their arguments over Obamacare’s contraception mandate to the nine justices. The oral argument is the justices’ only opportunity to interrogate each side, and, as a result, their questions can give a peek into their priorities.
A pair of recent regulations highlights the administration’s desire to undermine the private healthcare market and strengthen the government’s grip over healthcare in America.
Around one hundred lawsuits challenging the president’s signature policy achievement are currently making their way through the courts.
Some of these lawsuits challenge very specific parts of the law, while others are challenging the law in its entirety. Here is a list of the six major legal challenges to the law.