Personally, I'm thrilled that Obama's Commie-Care passed. Why? Because tyrants don't ever back off because you ask them to; they only back off when their victims resist. I don't mean with votes, or whiny letters, or insistent phone calls; I mean with disobedience. And nationalizing a huge chunk of the economy, basically socializing all health care, might just make a few more people consider such a thing.
A similar, but less significant, experiment will be the census. And I'm happy to see that even some well-known folk (like Judge Napolitano and Walter Williams) are openly advocating non-compliance. Sorry to those of you who are "politically active," but the only thing that actually slows down tyranny is when people are ANTI-politically active--when instead of asking for freedom, they exercise their freedom "illegally" (i.e., without the permission of the tyrants). And this census will be a good measure of whether the American people have started to re-grow a spine. Because the threatened penalty is relatively small (a fine, no prison time), and the government demands are so patently idiotic, intrusive, and pointless--not to mention unconstitutional--even "normal" people might be able to contemplate refusal to obey. When they open their mail, look at the form, and think, "Do they think I have nothing better to do than this?," we might actually see Americans acting like they believe in freedom, by flinging the stupid thing in the trash. (I already did, but not before ripping it up, just for the fun of it.)
The bigger test will be something more significant, like resisting Obama's Commie-Care. When things get really bad--and they will--and people's lives start depending upon it, when will people start to think that maybe they should just find a doctor who will "illegally" accept cash (or gold or silver) "under the table," in exchange for "illegally" providing health care? When will the people start to build an extensive black market in medicine? In other words, when will people start acting like they have an inalienable right to be free, instead of wasting their time asking the tyrants to "legalize" freedom (which has never happened in the history of the world, and never will)?
The biggest obstacle to this is not fear of punishment. Yes, the tyrants like to hurt people who disobey their stupid commands, but that is not the primary problem. After all, the victims of Obama's Commie-Care will out-number its administrators two-thousand-to-one. No, the biggest obstacle is the deeply ingrained lunacy that tells people that they have an obligation to obey whatever stupid commands the politicians "legislate." Due to their life-long indoctrination, by parents, schools, and "government," most people feel bad about disobeying a perceived "authority," even when the commands are idiotic, or downright evil. (The most important thing I've ever written--and probably ever will write--is about exactly that, and will be finished very soon.)
However, though there are still plenty of examples of unthinking, order-obeying, slavery-praising conformity among a lot of Americans, there have been signs in recent years that spell big trouble for the crooks in "government." And no, I don't mean people "demanding" that their masters "legalize" freedom--which never works, and is itself a sign of the slave mentality. I mean people realizing that they don't have any obligation to obey the god-complex megalomaniacs who wear the label "government," even when their stupid, unjustified commands are called "laws."
A couple years back, a national poll showed that a lot more people believed that it's not really bad to "cheat on your taxes," if you can get away with it. As an aside, the question itself had a heavy statist message. You can't "cheat" on "taxes" any more than you can "cheat" a car-jacker by driving away in your own car. "Taxes" are theft, and you can't "cheat" a thief by keeping what is yours. Nonetheless, when a majority of those asked thinks that disobeying the federal extortionists isn't actually immoral (though it may be dangerous), that spells big trouble for the tyrants.
I've been saying for years that politicians don't mind protests, movements, elections, petitions, demonstrations, or any other "political action," except when the legitimacy of their rule is questioned. In other words, as long as the "national discussion" consists of the masses asking their masters in "government" for freedom, the masters are in no trouble. When the masses stop asking, and start disobeying, that is when the politicians are doomed. And we are seeing more signs of that now. And as a result, the desperate American tyrants are trying to paint everyone who questions "government" as a terrorist--a tactic which is already back-firing.
There was recently an example of disobedience to "authority" that was about as dramatic as it gets, when Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS offices in Austin, Texas. But that same day, I heard about something else that spells even more trouble for politicians. A Rasmussen poll showed that only about one in five Americans think that Congress is doing what it does with "the consent of the governed." In other words, most people realize that the politicians do whatever they want, don't care what we think or what we want, and are serving their "special interest" buddies, not the public. This is important, because the myth of "government by consent" (on oxymoron if ever there was one) is crucial to the games played by the control freaks. If people stop falling for the propaganda about the crooks "representing" us, then the legitimacy of the system, in the eyes of its victims, collapses. And when that falls, the tyrants are finished.
It is utterly impossible to control, by brute force alone, 300,000,000 people (especially when a third of them are armed). Only by convincing the masses that they should be controlled, and that they have an obligation to obey "government," can tyrants succeed. As I've mentioned before, the thieves who work for the IRS are outnumbered a thousand to one by their victims. If most people didn't believe the bunk about how we have some duty to keep handing politicians as much money as they want (a.k.a. "paying our fair share"), the "tax" system would crumble overnight.
So don't be bummed out that Obama's Commie-Care is becoming a reality. It's a good thing, precisely because it's so bad. With any luck, the Washington crooks will try to nationalize all industry, swipe all property, and openly control everyone and everything. Because what matters is not how people vote, or how much they complain--what matters is whether they do as they're told, or whether they disobey those who pretend to have the right to rule us all. For all the talk about "land of the free," history shows that Americans will do as they're told unless and until things get really bad. So be thankful that the U.S. tyrants are getting impatient and desperate, and stampeding toward totalitarianism as fast as they can.