US/ The perfect (political) tempest
A huge storm of unexpectedly high intensity passed through Washington DC and its suburbs last week, leaving all kinds of damage along its path. And all of this during a sweltering heat wave with temperatures around 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 C). It seemed as if the atmosphere was reflecting the political storm that went through the Capital City when the Supreme Court declared that Obama's health plan (ObamaCare) was constitutional.
As reported in "The Week,": "In upholding ObamaCare, the Supreme Court dropped a bombshell on the conservative movement, which made historic gains in the 2010 congressional elections thanks to a Tea Party-fueled backlash to the health-care overhaul. To add insult to injury, the deciding vote came from Chief Justice John Roberts, an erstwhile conservative hero who has since fallen from grace. The conservative reaction was swift and, in some cases, unhinged, with many vowing to move to Canada, perhaps forgetting that Canada's top-notch health care system is a bastion of socialized medicine".
"The Week" offered five reactions from conservatives to the Supreme Court's landmark decision:
1. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a stalwart of the conservative movement, reportedly compared the Supreme Court's decision to 9/11 in a closed-door meeting with other GOP lawmakers. Pence later apologized, saying his remark had been "thoughtless."
2. Comparing Obama to an America-hating vampire
Pam Geller, a popular fringe conservative commentator said after Obama's post-ruling speech: "Obama yapping' again — why aren't there American flags in the frame?..The flag to Obama is like the [silver] cross to Dracula." Meanwhile, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin chose to villainize the president in verse, tweeting, "Obama lies; freedom dies."
3. Republicans also dabbled in apocalyptic forecasts. "Today America is threatened with a stage three cancer of socialism," declared Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.). "When they look back on the American system of once-limited government," said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), "June 28, 2012, will stand as a definitive date in the advance of government tyranny." Dean Clancy, of the Tea Party group Freedomworks, warned, "The power to tax is the power to destroy."