Following the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, many right-wing authoritarians insisted, not only that the decision was wrong, but that it was unconstitutional and that supporters of the decision should be put on trial.
Following the lack of defeat for the Affordable Care Act yesterday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) presented similar sentiments about the law, asserting in a Tuesday campaign appearance for New Jersey Republican Senate nominee, Steve Lonegan, that the government's implementation of the national health care reform law constituted "a criminal act."
"If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price," said Perry. "And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that."
But whether Perry likes it or not, America has accepted it. The Affordable Care Act was passed by majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives before being signed into law, and has since survived a Supreme Court challenge, over forty attempts by the G.O.P. house to have the bill repealed, and most importantly, the 2012 presidential election in which the incumbent campaigned on it while the challenger promised to repeal it.
Last anyone checked, having an opinion other than Rick Perry's was not illegal. If the idea that a majority of Americans ultimately did support something he disliked is too much for him to handle, maybe the United States isn't the country for him.