The new America:
Government: You must buy high top sneakers.
Individual: I don’t want high top sneakers.
Government: We have passed a law – you must buy high top sneakers.
Individual: I have rights – I don’t want to buy high top sneakers and you cannot make me. I am free.
Judge: Excuse me. I agree with the citizen – you really can’t make him buy high top sneakers.
Individual: Thank God. I thought I was becoming a serf.
Judge: However, if you don’t buy high top sneakers and you can’t prove you own high top sneakers, the government can tax you and then force you to buy high top sneakers.
Judge: Trust me, I’m a lawyer.
Government: You must buy high top sneakers, Serf.
Serf: I will obey.
Government: That’s a good Serf.
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Serf: I’ll see you at the voting booth in November, Government.
It’s much, much worse than that. A government that can force you to enter into a private contract because it’s ‘beneficial to society’ can do anything. For instance, the ‘Affordable Gym Membership Act’ or the ‘Affordable Electric Car Act’. You can scoff, but the constitutional (sic) arguments would be identical.
The Constitution. 1787-2012. RIP.