Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The law says that I have to buy a WHAT? From WHO?

So we now have legislators in South Dakota following Obama's example and mandating that every state resident except for convicted felons go to the gun store and buy a gun to defend themselves and their neighbors.
Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

The measure is known as an act “to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.”

Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, is sponsoring the bill and knows it will be killed. But he said he is introducing it to prove a point that the federal health care reform mandate passed last year is unconstitutional.

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance,” he said.
And there's the point. They know that the government was never given the power to force us to buy things from other citizens. The only one who apparently does not know that is Barack Obama, the alleged "constitutional law professor" (who never actually taught a class).

B.O. thinks that he has the power to make you and me buy insurance from Company A. Next week, he's liable to order us to buy a loaf of bread from store C. or two pair of socks from store C, and it won't even matter to him if we're on an Adkins diet and only wear sandals and thus don't have aany use for bread or socks.

But since Obama is opening the door and creating a government power that our founding fathers never intended the government to have, let us see how the country could be "improved" if other leaders took their cues from The One.

If the Senator from Alabama has his way, we'll all be required to buy American-made pick-up trucks with big tires and rebel flags painted on them.

The New Jersey legislators have introduced a bill to make all the women in America go to the salon and pay to get their hair done like Snooki.

A representative from North Carolina just drafted a bill to force us all to buy two packs of cigarettes a week. If you don't smoke, you should probably start because it applies to you, too and you go to jail if you don't.

California's legislature has just passed the "Lindsay Lohan law", which says that every citizen who turns 21 has to go through a thirty-day inpatient drug rehab program, just in case.

All of these things and more are now conceivably permissible under the new "If-we-can-dream-it-you-must-do-it" theory of Obama and his Democrats. If the Supreme Court allows him to force us all to buy insurance, then there will be no limit on the federal government's power to regulate and control us.

Buy ammo now, before they pass a law saying that you have to, coupled with another law that says that all you can buy or possess is .22 short rounds.


  1. From WHOM even! :p

  2. LOL- Yep the absurdity just goes right over the 'exalted' ones heads though...

  3. Prophylactic drug rehab. Heh.

    I wouldn't put it past California, though.

  4. If you read the actual wording of the new healthcare bill it is pretty constitutionally sound. The mandate is written so that if you don't buy insurance you are given an extra tax. The effect is the same, we are essentially fined for not having health insurance, but this no different then having to pay extra income taxes for making over $8,375 a year. President Obama is not an idiot. He wouldn't attach his name to something that could be ruled unconstitutional. I don't think even Scalia would rule against this bill as it is written.

    As for this South Dakota firearms bill - depending on the wording - it could be constitutional. It isn't that much different from the Militia Act of 1792 which required male citizens to privately buy:

    "a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder"


    - in order to provide for the common defense. Things have changed a lot since then, but the "Founding Fathers" seemed to think making people buy stuff is completely fine under the Constitution. The Constitution doesn't save us from stupid - it trusts that crazy ideas like the "Lindsay Lohan law" won't get the votes to make it through Congress and the executive veto.

    Nope, we are stuck with this crap bill till things get worse and we are forced to adopt some sort of universal healthcare for financial reasons.

  5. Nah, Obama's scheme isn't likely to pass constitutional muster. I haven't bothered to read the whole, sordid 2,000 pages, but then I don't have to--I trust the legal scholars who have read it who concur with Judge Vinson in Florida. I also agree with his premise that this bill forces people who might not otherwise engage in interstate commerce do so, and at their own expense. Sorry, but if that's allowed, then there are no limits on what 535 politicians plus one president can do, and that's not how our country was meant to be. As President Reagan once said, "the federal government did not create the states and the people, the people and their states created the federal government." They work for us, not the other way around. And yes, Obama is that vain and that inexperienced in the ways of real life that it's quite understandable to see him put his name to something as stupid as this.

  6. If that SD law passes and I get married again, I may have to move to Pierre or Sioux Falls or something.

    "Yes, honey, I do have to buy a new rifle - it's the LAW, you know."

  7. I'm just going to add that we live in a country where the Patriot Act is constitutional and States Rights politics have lost every major battle for the past 150 years.