Let's think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law -- and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law? Suppose Congress, acting under the Constitution's commerce clause, enacted a law requiring motorists to get eight hours of sleep before driving on interstate highways. Its justification might be that drowsy motorists risk highway accidents and accidents affect interstate commerce. Suppose you were a jury member during the 1850s and a free person were on trial...
Absolutely right, Walter Williams! Of course it's unconstitutional. There is nothing on earth that can give some men the right to force other men to do ANYTHING. All that we owe to others is to respect their basic individual rights (and those rights do NOT include anything which others must provide). The government is just a bunch of men who are supposed to protect our rights.
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