I have often thought that makes America unique in the history of the world is not her physical boundaries. It’s not the vast expanse of land mass bordering two oceans. It’s not the natural resources.
It’s the people that have cherished the concept of Liberty that have made America what she is.
It’s the idea that government serves the people and not the other way around, that has made America great. The concept that we are all endowed with certain rights and liberties is what makes America great. That those rights and liberties are NOT given to us by government, but rather, in SPITE of government is what makes America great.
It’s the ideal, an ideal that may not be able to be codified, that each man is sovereign. That we’re obligated only to ourselves to establish what it is that is paramount in our lives. That we are at liberty to make decisions that dictate our lives without coercion from outside influencers.
It’s hard to argue that a thing is unconstitutional once the supreme court has ruled that it is. It’s hard to say that congress doesn’t have the ability to impose taxes in the way and manner in which they did and say that they can’t. It seems awfully clear that congress CAN tax, and can tax in any way and manner in which they choose.
That is, they can’t stipulate, by law, that you buy Fredrick Bastiat’s “The Law” but they CAN tax you if you don’t. Can congress pass a law that requires an individual to buy bananas? No. But they CAN pass a law that taxes people who don’t buy bananas.
So. America. Camera 3….
We’ve decided that we wanna change. We wanna be more like the socialist-democracies of western Europe than the independent liberty-minded nation of the past. I don’t agree with that decision. I’m afraid that we’ve conscripted our children to live in a world that more resembles Spain and Greece than the America I knew.
I get that I’m out-voted.
But Liberty weeps tonight. There can be no other way to interpret today’s decision.