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A Dark Day

This is a dark day for the American ideal of representative democracy within a republican form of government. The Court has said that neither the judiciary nor the Constitution is a barrier to government expanding as fast and as far as politicians think they can get away with. The only barrier now is the political culture–a powerful though not entirely trustworthy force. We will likely become more and more like France, Germany, or other countries in which people are less citizens than subjects, treated not as free men and women, but as children. To be sure, life in social democracies these days is better than it is in the poorest of the poor countries on earth. But if America moves to become more like Europe, it will lose something that can’t be measured in GDP statistics. It will lose its soul. Speaking of “soul,” this may be a good time for the many freedom advocates who are also devout in their religious beliefs and identity to remember this: While we are to work for the best life we can obtain during our mortal days, God is transcendent and the true store of value. Even so, fight on for freedom.

Written after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”)