On December 19, 2016, the State Electors of Colorado met to cast their electoral votes for the Offices of President and Vice President of the United States, in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Colorado. That is pretty much where the story should have ended. But three people decided that they didn’t want to do what they had pledged that they would do.
The State was carried by Hillary Clinton, who, despite some pressure nationwide to manipulate the electoral College, was going to lose, regardless of what the State of Colorado did or did not do. But in an attempt to virtue signal in a meaningless way, three Colorado electors decided that they would not cast their votes – as pledged – to Clinton, but instead to John Kasich, a man who was not even on the ballot.
After the first man cast his vote for Kasich, he was immediately removed as an Elector. The other two, in yet another attempt at virtue signaling, promptly decided to abandon their principled stand against Clinton and actually abide by their pledge to cast their votes in accordance with the wishes of the people of the State of Colorado.
Naturally, this led to a pair of lawsuits claiming that the three had been discriminated against.
Seriously… I am not kidding.
And in one of the longest and weirdest alignment opinions ever issued, the 10th Circuit Court agreed in part and disagreed in part. Once their opinion was issued, the concern over the future of the Electoral College was justifiably increased.
Down in Florida, the State ordered a Diet Coach to cease and desist from giving – and charging for – advice to clients on how to lose weight.
On the one hand, the idea that people can’t talk to each other and provide a service for which they are in return paid for that service – in this case, advice about what to eat so as to lose weight – should be a basic cornerstone of libertarian idealism.
On the other hand, the State of Florida disagrees and claims it has a compelling interest in making sure that people who dispense such advice – for money – are up to its standards because 36% of the people who live there are classified as obese. That puts Florida in the middle percentile of the national obesity rankings. So they passed a law to make it a requirement for anybody who gets paid for nutritional advise must have a degree (which you can get from their State-run Universities for the price of a Masters Program! Get a Student loan to cover it!), nine-hundred hours of supervised training and fork over some money for a license.
All of this is to, as they put it, make sure that the people of the State of Florida, who are not capable of making informed choices about nutritional advise on their own, don’t get taken to the cleaners by paying people who have not earned their Masters Degree, taken the training and paid the fee, for their nutritional advice.
Now, the argument being made by the diet coach told to cease and desist is simply that everything she is telling her clients is freely available on the interwebs. Which… is true.
But is that really the argument she should have made?
I was asked the other day about comparing the study of Torah to the study of the Constitution. Most of you know that I once went to Seminary. It was a huge mistake, but I did learn a few things when I was there. One of which was how NOT to study scripture.
The hard part of any study is dropping all of your preconceived ideas, all of your already decided beliefs and approaching things with an open mind. You will find that you are right about some things. And you will find that you were wildly wrong about some others.
That said, these are my ideas for how to study Torah… I mean the Constitution…
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