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Monday, March 7, 2011

What does a free society prohibit?

The comment gets made all the time that we are living in a nanny state. I happen to concur with that viewpoint. However, I believe we would all agree that there must be some rules in a society in order for it to function. If there were no rules, it would be anarchy. Therefore, the question becomes, what is the limit to government?

In the USA, I believe that the limits should be what the Constitution allows. The founders set up a wonderful system of checks and balances. However, over the years, this system has become corrupted and dysfunctional. Government grows and sticks its nose into more and more of our activities every year. It is always done by people who feel they know better than the rest of us how to live our lives.

The current fight over universal health care is a perfect example of this. There is nothing in the Constitution that would allow the Fed government to require that every citizen buy health insurance. The Feds are basing it on the Commerce Clause. When did not buying something become commerce? That goes to heart of this debate. We are seeing the public fight back against an ever expanding government. I hope the public wins.

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