We Don’t Have To

Michele BachmannRepresentative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is a breath of fresh air. I don’t think that I’ve heard her particular viewpoint about the responsibility of citizens to obey the law expressed so accurately before. Or not obey the law. Whatever.

Just listen to an excerpt from a recent ‘Kill the Bill’ speech (March 13, 2010, on the Capitol steps in St. Paul, MN), where she takes a brave stand for good citizenship and against Obamacare:

“And it’s also important to know that these unconstitutional laws aren’t binding. How can you amend a law — that’s the next thing they plan to do — once they pass a bill that we don’t vote on, then they want to amend the bill that we didn’t vote on, and so some have called President Obama the first post-American President. Certainly this health care bill will be our first post-modern legislation where words mean absolutely nothing. This is an ultimate deception on the American people, and they think we’re stupid enough to follow them down this path where the rules only apply to us but not to them! They got another thing coming! They can en — They think they can enforce a non-bill on us? No! In their bill they have the IRS enforcing the health care bill. Did you know that? (No!) That’s who enforces this health care bill: the IRS. Sheriffs, prosecutors, but mark my words: the American people aren’t gonna take this lying down. We aren’t gonna play their game, we’re not gonna pay their taxes. They want us to pay for this? Because we don’t have to. We don’t have to. We don’t have to follow a bill that isn’t law. That’s not the American way, and that’s not what we’re going to do. Because it’s one-party rule now in Washington, D.C. Their Chicago tactics, their Chicago friends, twisting Democrats’ arms, threatening their own team members with ethics charges into submission. This handful of people thinks they can enforce their will on 300 million Americans? They’re not gonna do that. (Ship them to Cuba!) This is dictatorial, what they are doing. We are not compelled to follow a non-law just because Obama and Pelosi tells us we have to. If they pass the bill legitimately, then yes, we have to follow the law — until we repeal it. But if they pass it illegitimately, then the bill is illegitimate, and we don’t have to lay down for this. It’s not difficult to figure out. So if for some reason they’re able to get their votes this week and pass this 2,700-page Senate bill — if they get it (trillions of dollars is what it’s gonna cost) when we didn’t vote on it, we need to tell them a message: That if they get away with this, they will be able to get away with anything — with anything.”

There’s a a cliché: Great minds think alike. Clichés (like stereotypes) exist for a reason. Because they’re true. When Bachmann said: “This handful of people thinks they can enforce their will on 300 million Americans? They’re not gonna do that.” that’s essentially what I said a couple of weeks ago: “One of Gandhi’s lessons was that oligarchies are inherently unstable. A small minority of people simply can’t govern the majority if the majority refuses to be governed. They don’t have the resources or the will.”

Uncanny.

But when I said that, I was only planning to be part of a stubborn majority. I thought my actions would be (at least) illegal. I didn’t know that I would be upholding the Constitution. Like Bachmann said: “But if they pass it illegitimately, then the bill is illegitimate, and we don’t have to lay down for this. It’s not difficult to figure out … We are not helpless, there are things that we can do.” What things? Well, if you’re asking that, then you weren’t listening. “We aren’t gonna play their game, we’re not gonna pay their taxes. They want us to pay for this? Because we don’t have to. We don’t have to.” So if (and when) the IRS knocks on your door to collect their illegal taxes, be sure and tell them that you’re just following Rep. Bachmann’s lead, because I’m certain that she won’t have paid her taxes either. Otherwise the speech would just be demagoguery.

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