Given our political climate and the relentless Republican fear-mongering, it’s unsurprising the reaction to SCOTUS having upheld Obamacare is mixed. Nobody would expect a single Republican to cheer the decision. However, Atty. Matthew Davis is dancing on the knife edge of sedition with this response:
The former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party sent out an email that questioned whether armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.
Matthew Davis, an attorney in Lansing, sent the email moments after the Supreme Court ruling to numerous new media outlets and limited government activists with the headline: “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?”
Davis added his own personal note saying, “… here’s my response. And yes, I mean it.”
“There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head,” Davis said. “I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist. [...]
“You can’t have people walking with lattes and signs and think the object of your opposition is going to take you seriously,” Davis said. “Armed rebellion is the end point of that physical confrontation.”
Armed revolt? Physical confrontation? It brings new meaning to the term “sore loser.” The Affordable Care Act was born of a legal process wherein a majority of duly elected representatives of the people enacted it into law after over a year of debate. The law was challenged by its opponents and was deemed constitutional by the Judicial branch of our federal government. The process worked in exactly the way our Founding Fathers intended.
This is how democracy is supposed to work. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. I didn’t notice any conservative hotheads screeching for armed revolt when this same court struck down a century old law in Montana in order to protect the odious and failed Citizens United precedent just last week. Frankly, I’m tired of conservatives threatening violence every time they don’t get their own way. It’s not only childish. It’s unAmerican.