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By JGillman, Section News
Compassion does not necessarily equal ethical behavior.
What someone might call "the right thing to do," might be anything but that. Especially if it requires that a crime be perpetrated in order to follow through. Most acts of compassion by an individual cannot be questioned. It is self sacrifice; or giving, that heals, nurtures, grows, etc. It becomes a very different act when perpetrated through coercion upon some for the benefit of others.
The affordable care act is one of those "right things to do" according to its supporters. However, it is also one of those things which has no authority as an enumerated power defined in the constitution. The federal government has no authority to act on state's issues such as health care, welfare, and schooling. Only the broadest interpretation of commerce issues allow it to assume other responsibilities such as labor and transportation, but those come from the weak links established through a lazy practice known as case law, and precedent.
The federal government has no reason to be involved in, or managing the critical aspects of our lives. The mantra of "Its the law of the land" be damned. We still have a constitution, as damaged as it might be through neglect and cowardice. It provides absolute protections from authority to the people, and to the states which those people reside.
Unless those states and people surrender to that authority.
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