Thomas Jefferson: "The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government..."
Our government only has legitimacy to the extent that it submits to the will of the people...and to the extent that it protects the minority from oppression the by the majority by defending the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Democrats' health care legislation is an affront to our Constitution. The "individual mandate" included in the Democrats' bill forces Americans to purchase government-approved health insurance policies as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. There is no precedent for this requirement, and there is no provision within the Constitution that gives Congress the authority to impose this kind of mandate.
If we allow Congress to impose the individual mandate, to micromanage the health care industry and to imprison those who refuse to comply with the Democrats' schemes, there will no longer be any limit to what the Federal Government can force us to do.
Not surprisingly, the oppressive health care takeover agenda is almost as unpopular as it is unconstitutional. In one of the most recent polls, voters indicated a growing margin disapproval of the health care overhaul passed by the House of Representatives (51% disapprove, 35% approve).
Question: If a piece of legislation is unconstitutional and unpopular, on what basis is it legitimate?
Follow up question: If a piece of legislation is illegitimate, why should we comply with it?
Rasmussen: Support for ObamaCare support plunges to a new low (38% support, 56% oppose).