By dint of legislative debacles at home and listless incoherence abroad, the Obama administration has decreased human freedom in every sphere it has entered. Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over the most pronounced declination of individual freedom at home and abroad in the post-world war period.
Domestically, consider the unfolding disaster of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of health care policies were cancelled, negating millions of rational economic decisions by consumers concerning the best coverage for them and their families.
A direct consequence of the ACA is that individual autonomy – to choose a provider, a health plan, a doctor, a specialist – has been replaced by central command, and the results are literally sickening. Weekly, stories emerge of critically ill patients barred from life-saving care or treatment previously covered under health plans deemed inadequate by Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assures us none of these stories is true. When he assumes the Minority Leader post in January 2015 he might reconsider that statement.
Adding insult to injury, restricted economic decision making has been accompanied by restrictions on religious freedom as religious citizens and institutions have been forced to provide contraception coverage that violates their core beliefs. The answer to apologist law professor Douglas Kmiec’s trenchant 2008 question – Can A Catholic Support Him? – has been squarely answered in the negative.
Politically, conservative citizens attempting to organize in not-for-profit corporations have been targeted for scrutiny by the IRS in a manner befitting Richard Nixon’s administration.
Legally, the monarchical selective enforcement of the law reinforces the maxim that an excess of law results only in tyranny. Almost weekly, the president re-writes the Affordable Care Act with impunity. Further, his Justice Department assists states in upending valid marriage laws passed by millions of voters, he unilaterally attempts to raise the minimum wage, and he makes a mockery of the immigration laws he purportedly seeks to comprehensively reform by granting waivers by executive fiat.
In the business arena, the president’s lackeys at the National Labor Relations Board attempted to bully Boeing for opening a plant in right-to-work South Carolina and have threatened to investigate the lawful worker vote against unionization at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.