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The Obamacare Decree Isn’t Merely an Affront to Religious Liberty

9:01 AM, Feb 10, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Some 175 years before Obamacare, Alexis de Tocqueville expressed the view that freely formed private associations are crucial extensions of the community (not of the state).  Perhaps the keenest observer of American society, Tocqueville wrote,

“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations. They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious….

“…If men living in democratic countries…never acquired the habit of forming associations in ordinary life, civilization itself would be endangered….

“…No sooner does a government attempt to go beyond its political sphere…than it exercises, even unintentionally, an insupportable tyranny….[I]t is never easy to discriminate between its advice and its commands....Governments, therefore, should not be the only active powers; associations ought, in democratic nations, to stand in lieu of those powerful private [aristocratic] individuals whom the equality of conditions has swept away….

“…In democratic countries the science of association is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made.” 

In other words, Obamacare is not only undermining Americans’ liberty directly. It is also endangering the independence of the freely formed associations that unite Americans and serve as the backbone of a vibrant republic — and which also form barriers against excessive governmental power.

We need to repeal Obamacare.

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