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Dear Editor,

In Thomas R. Smith's July 5 letter to the editor, Smith applauds Chief Justice Roberts for his vote to uphold Obamacare. With alternative reasoning, Smith offers lines ("life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness") from the Declaration of Independence as support for Obamacare.

Ironically, located right above his letter is the full text of the Declaration, which in no way offers support for government intrusions into peoples' lives. On the contrary, it labels such incursions as: "tyranny, despotism," and "usurpations."

Mr. Smith argues that Obamacare affirms "America's moral obligation to promote the well-being of all its citizens." Forsaking what little is left of one's freedom with regard to healthcare by relinquishing responsibility and control to some faraway master is not an expression of sound moral sensibility, but mere pious sanctimony; which has no affinity

with either the letter or spirit of the Declaration of Independence. From the Declaration: "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

Sounds like Obamacare: thousands of new FBI agents, hundreds of new federal agencies manned by thousands of new bureaucrats and regulators empowered to enforce onerous and arbitrary regulations.

Again from the Declaration: "He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution..., giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation."

Sounds similar to how Obamacare was crafted and pushed through: "deemed" legislation is the new pretended; the "others" of today are the mysterious groups that drafted Obamacare; all, "foreign to our constitution," regardless of what Justice Roberts deemed.

Justice John Roberts is not the first Supreme Court Judge, nor the first "Justice Roberts" to succumb to political pressure and switch his vote at the last hour: "...the threat of political retaliation against the Court induced Justice [Owen] Roberts to look more favorably on President Roosevelt's New Deal legislation." His vote was called "the switch in time that saved nine." A not quite fitting label for the Obamacare ruling, only five capitulated, four remained loyal to their oath, the Constitution, and the cause of liberty.

Obamacare is just one plank in Obama's pledge to "fundamentally transform the United States of America." The Declaration exposed the end goal of such assaults on liberty as: "...all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states." "....and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments."

Gerry Lancette, Hudson

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