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The government can't make mandates!

George Washington would like a word with you Conservatives.

If the Constitution was supposed to directly or like privacy, it was simply implied somehow, that the government doesn't have the right to force you to buy things then why did the first President of the United Staes put out a mandate for Health Insurance? Granted it was closer to car insurance today since it was limited to a single profession, being a seaman (heh heh heh), but it was a government issued mandate nontheless. Not a state mandate, a Federal one.

Some people have asked if the government has the power to make you buy health insurance, what's next, brocoli? Funny thing about that two years after forcing captains to buy insurance President Washington made a mandate that every able bodied man own a fire arm. So if we take George Washington and the other Founding Fathers as a bell weather it's clear. If there is enough proof you need to buy brocoli the Founders didn't have any problem forcing you to do it.

That whole argument of these aren't the principles this country was founded on just flew out the window. Even the Framers were smart enough to know the simple truth. Sometimes the government needs to step in and tell people what to do because left to their own devices they'll make poor decisions. I highly doubt (though I'm no historian) that George Washington and John Adams (who signed an individual mandate on seamen [heh heh]) to do their friends in the insurance companies a favors. They did it because there was a need.

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reckoner said almost 3 years ago ...

i'm curious what kind of reply we'll see from the righties. I'm guessing it will be crickets :)

sean_renaud said almost 3 years ago ...

Yeah but now I've got something to link the next time someone brings it up.

d6fer said almost 3 years ago ...

Interesting.....I wonder why he didn't link to supporting documents?

reckoner said almost 3 years ago ...

here is one

sean_renaud said almost 3 years ago ...

Here's a PDF for "An act for sick and disable seamen.

I'll work on tracking down the other last one.

sean_renaud said almost 3 years ago ...

Section 8 Of the "An act for the regulatin of seamen [heh heh] in the merchant services."

So that's all three.

reckoner said almost 3 years ago ...

crickets

d6fer said almost 3 years ago ...

I have a hard time following legal speak....let alone colonial legal speak....are they referring to military?

sean_renaud said almost 3 years ago ...

Which link?

sean_renaud said almost 3 years ago ...

Chirp fucking chirp.

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