**********I have a totally unrelated question for everyone:
Do you think "unannounced" traffic road checks are unconstitutional?
When is the 4th amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure suspended?
Should the state have a right to tell us to buy auto insurance? Isn't that like telling us we have to have health insurance? or fire/flood insurance?
This is a constitutional question.
That is a catch twenty-two, Ari, about the road checks. I don't have a problem with them road-checking if all they're going to do is see to it that people have a license to drive, and things that are needed on the vehicle that protect you and other drivers. I do have a problem with someone randomly asking to search my property. Although it's never happened to me, I still think without probable cause they have no right to random search. Getting them to understand this is another story.
The only reason I carry car insurance, full coverage, is to protect my interests. No insurance means if someone demolishes your property while you may simply be parked in a lot, and it's not covered with ins., you would still have to make the bank loan if there is any, or out of pocket, pay for another expensive vehicle. No one else is responsible for your destroyed car, or the repairs to fix it - unlike health insurance of which you take out to keep you from getting a constant bill from the doctor or hospital, and the ruination of your credit rating - among a host of other things.
Same with house insurance. If it burns to the ground and you have no ins., you're the only one out. No one has to pay for it and no one is responsible. You're just screwed and have to find a place to live and no one is forced to do anything for you.
The problem with this country is that those in charge want to do your thinking for you. Little by little we are losing the right to make our own decision and take on our own responsibility. They call that, Big Brother, and most conservatives do not like Big Brother's nose is all our affairs.