Thomas Jefferson believed that “legislators ought not to stand above the law they create but ought generally to be bound by it as are ordinary persons.”
James Madison expounded on this principle in Federalist No. 57, explaining that Congress “can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”
It is a principle based on plain fairness and common sense. And it is going to play a key role in the ongoing battle over ObamaCare.
Every member of Congress who voted for the deceptively named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, knows that they are facing potential political extinction in the November 2014 elections because of that vote.
There is plenty in the ObamaCare program to outrage everyone. The New American has reported extensively on the many oppressive and unconstitutional features of this federal takeover, which makes up one-sixth of the American economy. Employer mandates, individual mandates, IRS snooping and fines, a dysfunctional healthcare website, security nightmares, identity theft, etc. But perhaps one of the most troubling issues that will plague incumbents in the upcoming congressional elections is the matter of the controversial exemptions to ObamaCare that the Washington ruling class arranged for themselves. ObamaCare cheerleaders vehemently insist that it is wrong to call the special privileges they are receiving “exemptions.” Technically they may be correct, but substantively they are wrong.
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