Re: The Health Insurance Mandate and the Founding Fathers
God help us, this reminds me of Christian Fundamentalists or Wahabi Muslims arguing about interpretation of scripture, or Mandarins quoting the Analects of Confucius. Those who founded the US were men, not demigods; intelligent but all-too-fallible upper-class white men. The founding documents were as much a result of political haggling, self-interest and expedient compromise as any law passed today. At that time, knowledge of the physical world was very limited, communication was slow, the economy was primitive, most people were farmers, and medicine was essentially useless. Why the bloody hell are we talking about what Hamilton or Jefferson would have thought about how to provide medical care to a population of 300 million?
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
for nature cannot be fooled."