I have a bet going with a fellow Democratic activist. I’m asking our readers to help me settle the bet by taking this as seriously as possible.
(Note: if you’re one of the people who can take nothing seriously — and you know who you are — just don’t answer at all. If you want to leave a smart-ass comment noting that you can’t answer, well, if you’re one of those people I’d expect nothing less of some of you.)
For the purposes of this question, I want you to try to think like a Democrat defending the health care law. (Again, if you find this impossible, just don’t answer. I don’t want your brain damage on my conscience.) All I need you to do in comments is to fill in the blank within the statement below as simply (meaning in as few words) and honestly as possible, although if you need to write a full paragraph to do it justice, go ahead:
“The health care mandate as currently structured is constitutional because ________________.”
Easy. huh? Thanks for your time. We’ll no doubt be discussing the results before long.