The Obama administration is defending its 2010 health care law at the Supreme Court this week—including the law's most widely disliked provision, an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. But President Obama wasn't always a defender of the requirement. On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama opposed a mandate, and used his opposition to differentiate himself from his chief opponent, Hillary Clinton. Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski has put together a highlight reel of Obama's criticisms of the mandate:
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."