The Mandate

Well, I will admit I was taken by surprise by the Supreme Court ruling in favor of ObamaCare. It seems so incredibly obvious to me that nothing in the Constitution gives the government the right to require me to purchase something whether I want it or not. And I still feel that way.

I think Chief Justice John Roberts has, for whatever reason, really screwed up on this one. His interpretation seemed a bit contrived, to me. But what do I know?

For better or worse, the Supreme Court is the last word in our legal system.

So now, I see a whole lot of greedy politicians sitting around figuring out how to run with this newly-established principle that, as long as it can possibly be construed as a tax, they can make us do anything.

What if Obama decides he wants to implement a tax penalty to make you buy a new electric car, for instance; we know how much Obama pushes environmentalism. He could potentially force a transition to all-electric vehicles simply by structuring it as a hefty transportation tax against anybody who burns gasoline. Exactly the same way ObamaCare mandates that you buy insurance, or you pay a tax of similar value. And the cost for this comes out of our pockets, one way or the other.

That’s an extreme example, of course. Here’s another, worked up by Ed Morrissey, tongue-in-cheek. It’s satire, but I kind of actually like his example, which is about enforcing the Second Amendment. After all, “keep and bear arms” is actually in the Constitution, unlike health care.

The principle has been established. And the Supreme Court has just given the government an incredibly powerful tool to make us do whatever they, in their infinite wisdom, want us to do.

We’re screwed. Thanks, John Roberts. Thanks a bunch.


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4 Responses to The Mandate

  1. Crotalus says:

    Which is why it’s time to step outside the legal system, for it has no regard for the Constitution. I believe that we are at the point where we must appeal to arms to win back our freedom, for our present government is corrupted to the core in all branches.

    • popgun says:

      Hi, Crotalus;
      I do hope it never comes to that. The biggest problem is one of education, because so many people actually believe that a statist, nanny state is what they want. Until we fix that, arms will not prevail. You can’t give freedom to someone who doesn’t want it. Doing so by force is an exercise in futility because deprived of their masters, they will simply seek a new one. A majority of the people must want freedom, in order to bring it about. Until the current management is so oppressive that a large majority says they have had enough, substantial change is unlikely.

      The current ideological conflict will be won (and lost) in the schools. This is something the liberal left realized and acted on much sooner than us conservatives, and that is why this struggle exists.


      • Crotalus says:

        That’s an excellent point, Popgun. I, too, am afraid any appeal to arms would be useless with today’s electorate being totally ignorant of the Constitution, and deliberately so due to the corrupted education system. But there is no doubt that our entire government is corrupt at it’s core in all three branches. John Adams was right: our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people and is wholly unsuited for the governance of any other. And we have not been a moral people for many years.

  2. Crotalus says:

    That bit from Ed Morrisey is clever, all right, but here’s what I fear: They will tax gun owners so highly that we’ll have to give up our guns.

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