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By JGillman, Section News
Compassion does not necessarily equal ethical behavior.
What someone might call "the right thing to do," might be anything but that. Especially if it requires that a crime be perpetrated in order to follow through. Most acts of compassion by an individual cannot be questioned. It is self sacrifice; or giving, that heals, nurtures, grows, etc. It becomes a very different act when perpetrated through coercion upon some for the benefit of others.
The affordable care act is one of those "right things to do" according to its supporters. However, it is also one of those things which has no authority as an enumerated power defined in the constitution. The federal government has no authority to act on state's issues such as health care, welfare, and schooling. Only the broadest interpretation of commerce issues allow it to assume other responsibilities such as labor and transportation, but those come from the weak links established through a lazy practice known as case law, and precedent.
The federal government has no reason to be involved in, or managing the critical aspects of our lives. The mantra of "Its the law of the land" be damned. We still have a constitution, as damaged as it might be through neglect and cowardice. It provides absolute protections from authority to the people, and to the states which those people reside.
Unless those states and people surrender to that authority.
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By JGillman, Section News
One of the payments one must make for the ability to peruse Michigan's top rated political blog is having to put up with an occasional update on my own unapologetic exploits in the hinterland.
Today's story finds the hero (that would be me) again on the front page in opposition to the way things are. A story that targets in some way how my misfit shenanigans are unacceptable to so many people, at the same time will help to shine light through debate and understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in government and the willing accomplices. Power, Greed, (possible) Corruption.
Except Its not even clear that they serve those constituencies any more. Something I wondered about early in my term as commissioner, and watched as a Rotary grant check for the master plan of the county was issued. At the time it was curious to me why they might be interested in such things, but had no objection, as I had no knowledge of why they might do such a thing.
Well, once upon a time, there was the Dam issue. (below)
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