Friday, June 29, 2012

USA: July 4, 1776 - June 28, 2012

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the federal government has the authority to tax/fine/penalize citizens for not doing something. In addition, Chief Justice Roberts speaking for the majority opinion noted specifically:
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."
In other words, mob rule and its inevitable offspring, dictatorship - precisely what the Constitution was meant to prevent - are now the law of the land. The Constitution no longer applies at the most fundamental level. I see almost no theoretical limit to which inactions can be penalized, nor how large the fines can be, so this pretty much opens the door to total government control of our lives. It was an amazing and unprecedented 236-year experiment in liberty, but all good things eventually come to an end.

That, as they say, is that.

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