Here’s an interesting little quote from the current Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court:
If the court could not revisit earlier rulings, Roberts said, “segregation would be legal, minimum wage laws would be unconstitutional [emphasis mine] and the government could wiretap ordinary criminal suspects without first obtaining warrants.”
I would like the Chief “Justice” to tell me where he or any other human being gets the “right” to tell me what I can or cannot voluntarily accept as the amount of payment for employment that I want to perform for another person; or what I can or cannot offer as the amount of payment to another person whose services I would like to employ and which that person voluntarily accepts? What grotesquely distorted “interpretation” of the original U.S. Constitution gives him the “right” to do this? If that moron thinks the “general welfare” clause gives him that right, then perhaps he can explain how preventing a person from legally working because that person’s skills are worth less than the minimum wage—and, therefore, cannot be legally hired—provides “welfare” to that person?
Of course, the part about segregation—as far as it occurring among private individuals—is also nonsense from a Libertarian perspective, i.e., freedom of association. (I won’t even get into all of the warrantless wiretaps and surveillance that the U.S. government does on a daily basis—until it gets caught and then claims it won’t happen again.)
[Note: Please DO NOT EMAIL ME various citations from the U.S. Constitution or, for that matter, Supreme Court rulings. I am a Voluntaryist. I do not believe in the institution of government nor do I give a damn about a piece of paper written and signed by a bunch of white male racists over 200 years ago. An agreement is only an agreement among those people who sign it—and any other people (if there are such) who voluntarily accept those people as their representatives. Since I fall into neither of those two categories, Charmin toilet paper* means more to me than the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the U.S. Constitution has no meaning to me.]
*With aloe vera, of course.
1:45 pm on January 23, 2010 Email David Kramer