cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
How far does it go? How far does the government’s “right” to make its citizens do something go? Is there a limit to governments’ incursion on individual’s lives? If so, where is that line drawn?
The current issue is that of the new requirement soon to be implemented that each citizen of this country must have health insurance and that it must be the health insurance which the federal government has decided we must have. The Administration is arguing that this falls within the purview of the commerce clause and that it comes under the right of government to provide for the welfare of its citizens.
Is this something that government should do? Is this something that government must do? Is this constitutional? If this is held to be something that is constitutional, what will be next on the list of things that we are compelled by our government to do or not do?
I do not profess to have the answers, only the questions. But these questions seem, to me at least, to be monumentally important questions. I hope that we will gain some clarification through the current case in our U.S. Supreme Court, but I wonder if that will be the last case of its nature, no matter the outcome. I fear that we are so conflicted as a nation and as a people that we may not have the answers to these questions in my lifetime.
Against this backdrop, the selection of Supreme Court justices takes on an even greater importance…if not for me, then certainly for my children and their children.