THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was interested to read Lawrence Alfred Powell's comments, in his column 'Triumph for Obamacare' (Sunday Gleaner, July 1, 2012), on the 'victory' of Barack Obama regarding his Affordable Care Act.
I am not as sanguine as Dr Powell seems to be concerning the future of this piece of legislation and the re-election potential of its chief protagonist. I can liken my apprehension to that of the Trojans who, upon withstanding 10 years of siege and warfare, awoke one morning to find the beaches deserted, their implacable enemies gone, lock, stock and barrel, and a large wooden horse parked on wheels, where the HQ of their enemies was formerly located.
No wonder, this started a fierce debate. What has happened to the Greeks? No wonder, division was inserted in their ranks (note the current argument between Left and ultra-Left Democrats). Even the king, Priam, was affected, but the Greeks had a plan and foresaw what was likely to happen. They left a so-called traitor behind.
WARY OF UNSOLICITED GIFTS
His argument that the horse was a gift in homage to the Trojan gods was persuasive. Out of the crowd stepped an old experienced man who said the immortal words: "I do not know what this thing is, but, whatever it is, we must not trust Greeks, even if they bring unsolicited presents."
The chief justice, John Roberts, has been an implacable foe of the Obama administration, yet it is his vote (gift) which gave Obama this victory.
Examine these facts. The words 'taxes' and 'states' rights' are sacred to Americans. They fought a revolution about one, and a bloody civil war about the other. The side that lost invented apartheid and the Klu Klux Klan to fight for their right to oppress the Africans in their midst, and many still do homage to the Confederacy.
That is the poison pill that has been inserted inside the belly of that horse.
Of course, history does not repeat itself, it only rhymes.