OK health-care mandate

Where is it written in the Constitution, in what section or clause is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it?

– Daniel Webster

 

 

The argument is before the Supreme Court that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. If this is so, was not the military draft also unconstitutional? And if it was – to the parents and families of those taken by the government into the various branches of military service, and lost in battle or otherwise – does the government not owe a debt greater than it can ever pay?

We allowed the draft, did we not, and the loss of lives it brought? About 50,000 were lost in Vietnam. How many of those did not want to go, but were taken?

Was the Vietnam War in the interest of national security? Those who would make that argument go the way of absurdity.

We should allow the health-insurance mandate. It is far less demanding of us. It will not take lives as did the draft, but is for the good of us all.

J.M. Bower

North Augusta, S.C.

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