As of today, Americans are no longer citizens. We are subjects.
In his immortal Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
Now we know the answer to the test. The answer is, no, such a nation can not long endure. That nation, our nation, is no longer a nation of liberty. Our nation is no longer a nation wherein an individual can choose to participate, or to not participate, in commerce of his preference. Today, the Supreme Court held that Congress has the power to compel any individual to purchase a product (in this case health insurance) under its Constitutional power to tax.
As of today Congress can officially mandate that you purchase a product that it deems good for you. Today it’s health insurance. Tomorrow….what?
The Supreme Court ruled that the penalty levied for not purchasing insurance under the individual mandate is a tax. And therefore, the mandate is Constitutional because Congress has the power to tax. So, the concept of Federalism in America is dead. According to the Supreme Court, Congress has the power to mandate citizens to do anything, so long as there is a tax levied for noncompliance. Totally stunning.
Subjects, not citizens.
Long live the crown.
Photo taken with my iPhone just minutes before the ruling was handed down.