'In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.'
- Abraham Lincoln -

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On The Argument Before The Supreme Court

It is truly mind-boggling to me to hear the United States government argue before the Court that the Constitution permits it to force Americans to buy health insurance.  Yeah, yeah.  The Commerce Clause and all that.

But, one wonders, how did we get to the point that this government considers it its obligation to punish American citizens  - and ObamaCare does, unarguably, punish those individuals who refuse to buy insurance (even though, if those individuals were male, single, and under forty, the purchase would be unwise) - for something so innocuous?

Want to know how?

It's been a long time coming.

Think cigarettes.

Think alcohol.

Think SUV's.

Think obesity.

ObamaCare is just the latest milepost on the long road to serfdom.

One can argue legitimately that obesity is bad for the individual.  As are cigarettes and, depending on its use, alcohol.

But the perfectly wise and logical decision to forgo the expenditure of income on something that is not needed?

(If this were a tax, it could be explained, but it's not.  It's a law that requires one to go out and buy something.)

The government of the United States of America is in the business of punishing American citizens for that?

Gimme that Of the People, By the People, For the People bullshit again?