Wednesday, February 2, 2011

QOTD: Judge Roger Vinson

From Florida v. United States HHS (Obamacare)
"It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place."
There are people (whose view of the world says it is OK to force people to engage in acts that they would not choose to do) who believe that this ruling is a nasty piece of judicial activism. Those of us who believe that this ruling is just, view things differently.

The act of engaging in commerce (or refraining from doing so) is foundationally one of Association. The government has no more authority to force an individual to purchase a product proffered by another, than it has to require couples to engage in pre-marital sex. Meaning, none. Because, obviously, refusing to engage in pre-marital sex affects the sex trade and the cost of same, right? And, eventually, everyone is a user of those services, right? And, we have an obligation to keep the cost of those services affordable to government, right? (Insert politician/prostitute joke here.)

Isn't this is the same government that lost money operating a brothel? And yet, they will save untold trillions by monopolizing the health care industry? Really? Go ahead...pull the other one.

Bravo Judge Vinson. Regardless what the academics and professors over on Volokh may say, the essence of your ruling is in accord with our Constitution.



Mike W. said...

Bravo Judge Vinson indeed.

The circular logic needed to say that my decision NOT to engage in commerce substantially impacts interstate commerce, and then use that "logic" to FORCE me to engage in said commerce is so stupid it actually hurts my brain.

The Judges who ruled Obamacare constitutional espoused said "logic." How in the hell my choice of economic inactivity can justify the government forcing me to engage in economic activity against my will is just beyond me.

But then I'm not Harvard educated nor a law school grad. I'm just a lowly peon with a Bachelor's degree. What the hell do I know? :(

Thank god Judge Vinson displays some common sense.

Anonymous said...

And I'm just a lowly peon with several battle rifles and several cases of ammo with which to shoot these communist pos when enough of the American people finally WAKE UP and join reality.

Newbius said...

< sigh > And I am just a lowly blogger whose agents provocateur readers threaten to shoot people while commenting anonymously.

Old NFO said...

Bravo is right...