The Ghost of Vietnam Will Haunt Obamacare

Rosslyn Smith
Over at The American Spectator Jeffrey Lord compares Obamacare to Vietnam on the basis of how civil disobedience grew, the anti-war meme took root in the common culture and the way Congress, which had stood by Johnson in the face of evidence the war wasn't working, finally bowed to political reality.  He notes proponents of the war had ever shifting goals about what they were trying to accomplish while the anti-war movement had one fixed goal.  End the war. 


I believe that Lord is right about civil disobedience.  The individual mandate is likely to be the most ignored law since the 55 mile an hour speed limit. What he doesn't address is the source of the opposition.  The draft thwarted the plans of young men.  A large slice of those from middle to upper middle class backgrounds would not accept it. 

Obamacare has a similar if less severe effect on young people trying to get started in adult life.  They often have student loan to pay.  They need full time jobs which are disappearing and now they are asked to pay huge sums for a product few think they need. 

The self-proclaimed smartest people in the room seemed to have missed that almost all political revolutions begin when state policies thwart the ambitions of the middle class.

Over at The American Spectator Jeffrey Lord compares Obamacare to Vietnam on the basis of how civil disobedience grew, the anti-war meme took root in the common culture and the way Congress, which had stood by Johnson in the face of evidence the war wasn't working, finally bowed to political reality.  He notes proponents of the war had ever shifting goals about what they were trying to accomplish while the anti-war movement had one fixed goal.  End the war. 


I believe that Lord is right about civil disobedience.  The individual mandate is likely to be the most ignored law since the 55 mile an hour speed limit. What he doesn't address is the source of the opposition.  The draft thwarted the plans of young men.  A large slice of those from middle to upper middle class backgrounds would not accept it. 

Obamacare has a similar if less severe effect on young people trying to get started in adult life.  They often have student loan to pay.  They need full time jobs which are disappearing and now they are asked to pay huge sums for a product few think they need. 

The self-proclaimed smartest people in the room seemed to have missed that almost all political revolutions begin when state policies thwart the ambitions of the middle class.