Sic Semper Tyrannis

How Many Other States Have a Dead Body on Them?

    I hail from the great commonwealth of Virginia.  A local paper in an online posting recently asked what I thought about the historic health care reform; so I gave my two cents.  I took that input, expanded upon it, and then posted it here.  This issue extend far beyond Virginia.

What am I talking about?

  Well, our Attorney General – Ken Cuccinelli has vowed to resist the ‘individual mandate to purchase insurance’ provision in the new health care bill.  He put up and passed a bill through the Virginia legislature that says that Virginians do not have to buy health insurance.  So, come 2013, Virginia and some other states are going to run headlong into this federal health care bill and its patent unconstitutionality.  Guess what side I’m on?

The side of freedom.

   Repeatedly during the debate, we heard many Democrats say that health care is a right, not a priveledge.  Name me any other right that you are REQUIRED to purchase, lest you suffer a tax penalty?

You can’t because rights aren’t goods sold to you by anyone, much less a for-profit company.  Rights are given to you by God, not the 111th Congress of the United States of America.  Every man has them, unfortunately, many governments either do not allow or seek to control those rights.

  Here in the U.S.,  the Bill of Rights limits what government can do to you.  It is NOT the other way around.  It is not an exclusive list of rights that government grants you and can only be added to by writ of the federal government.  That distinction is in essence the 9th Amendment.

    Virginia can challenge this bill due to the violation of this sentiment along with violiations of the 10th Amendment.  The 10th Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Since the power to mandate health care as mandatory isn’t listed, it is unconstitutional for the federal government to decree such laws.

   Just apply the standards of your daily life to this mandate.  This is like making you buy car insurance when you turn 16 just because you have the ability to drive a car; regardless of whether you actually choose to drive or not.   Now look at health care mandated insurance.   Unless you are mentally ill, you won’t choose to not live, so you are forced to buy insurance or be taxed for living. 

  If you want to buy health insurance, fine…but how can any freedom-loving people even begin to think that government has the right to tell you how to spend your money?  This isn’t a tax, this is a mandate to purchase something enforced with the threat of further punitive taxes.

Since when were you forced to purchase your ‘rights’ and what is next?  By that analysis, there is a flaw in the logic.  Health insurance is not a right – which destroys a portion of their moral justification.  Even then, if government can now legally tell you that as a healthy person you have to buy a good you most likely won’t use  then what about other government decreed ‘rights’?   In the name of ‘social justice’ or ‘for the common good’,  I envision this kind of government to declare food, clothing, and shelter to be ‘rights’ as well – and similarly be funded by all to pay for those that can’t afford it.  How is that freedom?

This is the first step down a slippery slope of tyranny.

Barry Goldwater said it best: “Government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”

Sic Semper Tyrannus – Thus Always To Tyrants.

From the seal of Virginia, you see that Cuccinelli and the VA legislature are living up to this promise.

– G.S.


2 Responses to Sic Semper Tyrannis

  1. Allison says:

    I agree with everything you said in this post and it is very well written, if I might say so myself. You definitely have the “gift of gab” – even on paper. What are the possible outcomes that could come from Cuccinelli’s filings? Also, I’m curious – would or could Congress reverse this bill? Come November, if the right folks are elected, is it possible to change this? Just wondering what the possible outcomes are from here.

  2. gadsdensnake says:

    Thank you, Allison. Cuccinelli’s challenge has three outcomes, but neither is immediate. The first and hopeful outcome is that he takes his case to court and wins. He could also loose. Either way, this case win, or lose will get appealed to the Supreme Court. That is where the rubber hits the road. The court could decide not to hear the case, so whichever side had won the last argument would win. I highly doubt that to be the case. The second option is that the court hears the case and decides in Cucinelli’s favor. With the conservative majority of 5 justices, I believe that this is the more likely outcome. I actually would not be surprised if the more liberal judges side with their conservatives foils however. The twist here is that I believe that they would see that mandating the purchase of anything, especially something that doesn’t explicitly benefit you and whose purpose is to ‘spread the cost’ without your consent is financial slavery. It goes far beyond the scope of a limited, enumerated government’s ability to levy a use tax or even an income tax on its citizens. There you still get explicit public benefits – police, roads, schools, those dollars go to public sector services. Where do mandated health care payments from healthy people go? They would support the health care industry and to pay for other people’s treatment. If you are healthy, the system is a parasite. The last possibility is that the court upholds the constitutionality of mandated payments. If that is the case, then that would be a dark day in history. It sets the precedent for government to take what it wants from you whenever it wants – because that is what it in essence does when it mandates the healthy pay into the system. Again, make the distinction between volunteering to buy into the system and not. This is about personal freedom of choice and how far government can go.

    As to your second question, I have a much shorter answer. The Republicans will run and win elections in November on this issue, but they will not be able to repeal the full bill. There are too many deserved goodies up front without the immediate fiscal pain. They will be able to chip away at the worst parts of the bill. Hopefully the individual mandate was already stripped out, but if it wasn’t, it would be the first to go. We will still be left with a bill that is overly expensive and doesn’t get to the heart of the matter – which is prohibitively expensive care – which makes paying for health insurance for that care so expensive. I believe that Republicans through free market principles and common sense will try to change parts of the reform to make it more fiscally responsible and open. They may be able to open up insurance across state lines or find honest ways to cut down on the scope and expense of the bill without sacrificing much performance. It is those details I do not know.
    Lastly, with the right people, you can change anything. They have to be people of principle who understand what it is to be an American and have the American values that The Founders gave us. They have to uncorruptible, principled, and united in purpose so that no political wedge may be driven between them.

    Unfortunately, this is a pipe dream. Most politicians will cave to special interests and deals; and they won’t be held accountable. Too few of our citizens know our history, our founding documents, or know our founding fathers’ intent. They have no idea who would make a good steward of government, so they vote for their favorite sound bite ad or tv promo spot, and they do it again and again. They do it because they are ignorant of their civic duty, but also because they are apathetic. They have things that are ‘more fun’ to do instead, so they don’t care and let ‘the government’ take care of it because its easy and they have been trained that the government is a suitable safety net.

    Blech – it makes me sick. I’m moving to New Zealand should this individual mandate stand…


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