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...
I hate to say it Walter, but as a military retiree, I can guarrantee the President can find a good number of current militar members willing to round up or shoot Americans who refuse to buy healthcare insurance. See Professor Philip Zimbardo's Sanford Prison Experiment, or the Abu Gharib incident if you want proof.
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