How many times have we suppressed our gag reflexes listening to conservatives exploit the Founding Fathers during any given self-serving fili-bluster about whatever the fake Bill du Jour happens to be.
They pop up in front of every TV camera they can sniff out and swear their allegiance to Founding Father A, B, and/or C, strutting around in three cornered hats, wrapped in American flags, and even singing embarrassing songs about Sarah Palin to the melody of "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed - “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance.
Keep in mind that the 5th Congress did not really need to struggle over the intentions of the drafters of the Constitutions in creating this Act as many of its members were the drafters of the Constitution.
And when the Bill came to the desk of President John Adams for signature, I think it’s safe to assume that the man in that chair had a pretty good grasp on what the framers had in mind. [...]
Clearly, the nation’s founders serving in the 5th Congress, and there were many of them, believed that mandated health insurance coverage was permitted within the limits established by our Constitution.
The moral to the story is that the political right-wing has to stop pretending they have the blessings of the Founding Fathers as their excuse to oppose whatever this president has to offer.
History makes it abundantly clear that they do not.
Isn't that a riot, GOP?
Now go sit in a corner somewhere quiet and read a history book.