I have issued a statement indicating that I will risk jail or imprisonment rather than pay the fine for not getting health insurance as the new law mandates. This is an outrage and frankly a little disconcerting that elected officials would so easily defy the Constitution to carry out their ‘reform.’ Also disconcerting is the still sizable portion of the public that thinks its a really good idea to nationalize health care, the banks, the auto industry, student loans, etc, etc, etc. One of these days this is going to bite them in the… uh, well, you know… and they’re going to wonder how we got to where we are.
It is my hope that in facing possible imprisonment I will be able to call attention to the shredding of the Constitution and alter some perspectives. Of course, I should say, the continued shredding of the Constitution, as this is only one of the clearest violations of the rule of law and the ‘consent of the governed’ to come down the pike. It is my hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ll decide that the Constitution matters and that if we want to make society-wide changes we’ll at least have the decency to do it the right way, by amending the Constitution if necessary.
In my mind, this is not just about the health care bill. This is about a pattern of systemic abuse of the rule of law going back decades (*cough* Roe vs. Wade *cough*). It cannot end well if we don’t put a stop to it. Nor can I say it’s going particularly well, now.