"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Two Stories, One Story V

This will be brief, and is sent out to my liberal friends.  

The first story is the story of the individual mandate under Obamacare.   The central legal question is "can the federal government force an individual to buy health insurance?"   Writ large, the question is:  can the federal government force an individual to buy a product it thinks is good for the individual or for society as a whole?   Liberals say yes, the federal government has this power.  

The second story is the recent story of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student, who famously went to Capitol Hill to proclaim how she is a victim because her Catholic university won't provide her free birth control as part of its health insurance plan.   The argument we heard over and over from liberals was that birth control was a necessity for "women's health."   

Okay, let's put the two stories together.  

1.  Liberals say the federal government has the power to make individuals buy a product if buying the product is good for them and good for society.

2.  Liberals say that a particular product, birth control, is good for women and good for society.  

3.  Q.E.D.  Liberals necessarily believe that the federal government could mandate that women purchase birth control.  

My liberal friends out there... do you really want a federal government that can do that? 

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