"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
So here is yet ANOTHER Founding Father's prescience that we have not taken to heart.
Or listened to.
Actually we, as a people, as THE PEOPLE, have listened less and less over the centuries to the wisdom, advice and pleadings of the Founding Fathers.
We have given up our liberties little by little for what we have thought to be protection and security. It has been a mistake.
What are we faced with now? Is the gubment using the Constitution to restrain the people? YES!
Take this "mandate" debate over what has been called "health care."
Mandate - according to Oxford, as a noun, means, "an official order or authorization."
And as a verb, "1. give (someone) authority to act in a certain way, 2. compulsory."
The Founding Fathers had a whole lot of problems with the "authority" of gubment. They REALLY had a whole lot of problems with a "compulsory" gubment. And they REALLY, REALLY had a whole lot of problems with the "official orders" of gubment.
All that caused an American Revolution! And what was installed instead? A gubment restrained by the people!
So, if there is a "mandate" to purchase the gubment's "health care," when that is determined to be "Constitutional," and I fear it will, there will be ASSUMED the "Constitutional" authorization to act in a compulsory manner.
How? They, the ubiquitous THEY, can deny any aspect of any part of the program to anybody they determine unfit to receive it! If you are too old (and no longer contribute via your taxes) you can be denied a necessary, but "expensive," diagnosis or treatment. If you are too fat you can be denied a necessary, but "expensive," diagnosis or treatment, until you meet the gubment's weight criteria. If you smoke or drink or use "unapproved" drugs, you can be denied a necessary, but "expensive," diagnosis and treatment until you quit. And if you have smoked too long and are too far gone with your ailment, well, have a nice day.
"THEY" have been given the authority to do so!
DO YOU THINK I AM OFF THE MARK? DO YOU THINK I AM A WAY-OUT-THERE PARANOID?
And how far does this authority go? There is a mandate! It goes as far as "they" say it goes. So, if it is "Constitutional" that we have to buy the gubment's "health insurance," excluding and preventing all other types of insurance, inside the country and out, it is also "Constitutional" for the gubment to demand that we can no longer buy Twinkies.
SIMILARLY, THEREFORE, IT IS "CONSTITUTIONAL" FOR THE GUBMENT TO DEMAND THAT WE DO BUY TWINKIES! OR HAVE TO BUY GUBMENT-APPROVED, PRE-PACKAGED FOODS. OR SOYLENT GREEN...
If "health care" is somehow determined to be "Constitutional," we are done as the country envisioned, fought for and set up by our Founding Fathers. Period.
There will be NO Constitution. There will be no restraint. We will be without liberty.
Remember Patrick Henry's famous line? That came at the END of a really great speech. You should read it.
Where is Patrick Henry when you need him?