In the wake of Chief Justice John Roberts' Obamacare decision, I've seen a lot of angry posturing from those opposed to it.
For some, it's the end of American liberty for the government to force us to buy health insurance, even if it's a responsible and good thing to do. Will the government fine or tax us now if we don't eat broccoli? That seems to be the mantra.
True, drivers are forced to buy auto insurance, but citizens can choose not to drive — or fire insurance, but citizens can choose not to purchase homes.
But when I was in high school, I was forced to register for the draft. I didn't have any choice in the matter.
The coercive power of government forced me to do something I was completely opposed to.
If drafted, I could have been sent to a country with whom I had no quarrel, to shoot strangers and be shot at by them. If I didn't register, I could have been imprisoned.
So when people talk about the unprecedented nature of the health care mandate, I'm unimpressed. If the government can make you become a soldier, then making you take care of your family's health and future seems comparatively insignificant.
- Mary Barker: The Romney I may have voted for
- In our opinion: Airport expansion reflects...
- Stuart Reid: Translations of religious...
- The complicated political views of...
- 3 modern Utah heroes who exemplify pioneer...
- In our opinion: History will remember our...
- Dan Liljenquist: Religious liberty and the...
- Letter: Breeding hate
- In our opinion: U.S. Supreme Court... 104
- Mary Barker: The Romney I may have... 59
- Letter: Gun control 57
- My view: Amnesty towards border... 56
- Stuart Reid: Translations of religious... 51
- In our opinion: History will remember... 46
- Letter: Society values 45
- Dan Liljenquist: Religious liberty and... 40