Posted by: Jeff | February 3, 2011

Isn’t There a Republican Playbook Somewhere?

In South Dakota, a group of Republican state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would mandate that all citizens over the age of 18 purchase a gun.  Apparently, this bill is being offered somewhat in jest, to stir up debate about the constitutionality about individual mandates.  Meaning, they think health care reform is unconstitutional because it includes an individual mandate to purchase health care insurance if one can afford it.  If they can’t, it provides government subsidies so that it is affordable.  No word on whether this gun law also includes subsidies to accommodate those who would be unduly burdened by purchasing a gun.

In Georgia, Republican state representative Bobby Franklin wants to do away with driver’s licenses, citing the requirement to carry them in order to operate a motor vehicle as a restriction of both individual liberty and interstate commerce.  “Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose,” says Franklin. “Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right.”  No word on whether we’ll be getting rid of all other licensing as well, but I’m hoping Georgia at least gets looser liquor laws as a result.  They might need them.

So you have some Republicans proposing bills that would require all citizens to purchase guns.  And then there are others proposing legislation that would eliminate the mandate for drivers to be licensed.  Is there a cheat sheet of Republican principles somebody can give these guys?


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