Can The Government Force Us To Buy And Use Products?

A lot of political debate has been going on about Obamacare.   Conservatives all claim that the government should not be able to force people to buy a product we don't want to buy.  The US Supreme Court agreed with that contention, but said Obmacare amounts to a tax, not a punishment.  They aren't forcing people to buy Obamacare, they are just taxing anyone who doesn't. 

Meanwhile, we are all forced by law to buy and use clothing whether we want to or not.  The textile business in the US has been an economic power for centuries, since cotton plantations of the Old South made politicians wealthy.  King cotton was the economic engine of slavery in America.

The penalty for not buying and using clothing is a punishment, not a tax.  Its arrest and jail time, a criminal record, a punishment by police state tyranny.   The excuse probably is that its state and local governments which are forcing us to buy a product we don't want to buy and don't want to use.  States don't have the same kind of limits to power that our federal government has in the US.  Nevertheless, it is a violation of our fundamental rights to our own lives.   Conservatives are right.  Forcing people to buy and use a product is an over-reach of government and a violation of the rights of all. 

A long time ago in a land far, far away, there once were free men.   
DozerDan DozerDan
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2 Responses Jul 5, 2012

What an woderful take on current events. Thanks for thinking it and then sharing it.

Well, there isn't much question that government has the power to enfoce "morality," and, at least in the US, most conservatives strongly agree with that and want government to do more in that regard. The question, of course, is what is "morality." I agree that there is nothing immoral about a person being nude. Regrettably, my view seems to be a minority view.