Virginia attorney general compares Obama to King George III

Virginia’s fiery attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who argued against the constitutionality of the health care law in federal court this week, has a new line: President Obama is worse than King George III, the English king in power when Americans declared independence in 1776.

Cuccinelli said Monday that at no other time in American history had a government forced citizens to purchase a product and gotten away with it, even the British King that sparked the American Revolution.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in April contains a provision that requires citizens to buy health insurance. Virginia’s lawsuit argues that the mandate is beyond the powers of the federal government, as defined in the Constitution. (A Massachusetts state measure, championed by former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, requires everyone in the state to have insurance.)

In 1774, the American colonists signed onto a document that notified King George III that Americans would boycott British goods until the so-called “Intolerable Acts” were lifted. Speaking like a history professor, Cuccinelli told the story of how American colonists boycotted British products in response to the Acts more than 200 years ago.

“The King’s own lawyer, his solicitor general, advised him that the boycott was legal under British law and that Americans could not be forced to buy British goods,” Cuccinelli said. “Yet in 2010 we have a Congress and a president that have enacted a law that compels Americans for the first time in history under the guise of regulating commerce, that they must buy a private product even when the King of England and the parliament that we rebelled against acknowledged that they should not have the authority to compel us to do that when we were their subjects.”

The Obama administration has countered that Congress has the power to mandate health insurance under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The battle over the mandate is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • savage24

    I said this before, take a look at this administration, this congress, and our courts, then read the Declaration of Independence. You will find that almost every grievance that our Founding Fathers had with King George are valid with our repressive government today.

  • rainmaker1145

    Tyranny always has those who worship at its altar above all causes that lesser men would find commendable.

  • clw

    AFA Action Alert noted this today about the VA AG’s lawsuit against Obamacare:

    “Even better, the judge said that President Obama’s attorneys were making ‘Alice in Wonderland’ arguments as they tried to defend the indefensible”.

  • PolyIndependent

    And yet more junk food politics, doing nothing to contribute to or create a rational discourse.

    • gatortarian

      Yeah, screw liberty, isn’t everyone past that little hang up by now?

    • WellSaidFred

      If your version of “rational discourse” is to call for a friendly “convo” as policies continue to get forced down Americans’ throats in abject indifference to the extensive discourse that does occur in overwhelming opposition to Obama’s choices…well then you’re hereby officially suspended from using the word rational.

      When Unconstitutional wrongs are done, they must first be undone…then we can talk.

      O lied swimmingly on his true objective in occupying the office of the presidency…making-good on decades of unmet psycho-liberal ideological imperatives. I think America has heard just about enough “discourse” from that side of the isle, thank you.

      You don’t have to agree with me, but you do have to admit to loving’ a good ol’ fashioned lyin’-to if you still back this clown.

      Sit back and watch the upcoming November elections. Then we can all “chat.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nile-Ryan-McCoy/1337081646 Ryan in Iowa

    Ahh, election year hyperbole. 😛