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Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Long Train of Abuses and Usurpations

On the heels of the House passage of the health care bill on November 7, 2009, a date which will live in infamy, Harry Reid, Senate majority leader, has filed a motion to introduce the House bill today. The health care bill passed the House with only one Republican vote, so when Speaker Pelosi announced it's passage to a chorus of cheers, Democrats were in essence, cheering themselves. For what? For their stupidity, or their nerve?

The President, as well as other Democrats, have admitted that the Democrats have been trying to force this particular form tyranny upon the American people for decades. Heretofore, the freedom loving among us have had sufficient representation in the government in order to prevent it. No more. This bill passed despite the 176 Republicans and 39 Democrats that had the presence of mind to vote against it. But the American people recognized very early that our republic was in jeopardy, the tea parties and town hall confrontations being the most visable representation of the alarm felt by many. What is happening now has never happened in the lifetime of any living today. The tea party movement dwarfs the anti-Vietnam war movement of the sixties and makes the 'Vast Right Wing Conspiracy' rhetoric of the Clinton years look like mere paranoia. One would be hard pressed to catalog the myriad of national, state, and local organizations associated with the tea party movement which have sprung up since Obama's election. This, plus the results of the November elections, should have given every Democrat in the House, each of whom is going to have to fight to keep his seat in 2010, reason to vote against the bill, yet only 39 did. So again I ask, did they pass it because they are morons, or did they pass it because of some hidden agenda or goal?

The Democrats admit that health care reform will not work. The fact that it will not work is self evident. Provide more, improve quality, and lower costs, all at the same time? It's not possible, especially with the government involved. Add to that the fact that 45% of doctors say that they will consider leaving the profession if health care reform becomes law, and you have the makings of a health care crisis which will far exceeding the current one. If only 25% of those doctors actually leave the profession, those doctors will be the ones who care. They will be the ones do not want the government telling them who they may treat, when they may treat them, and how they may treat them. The doctors who remain, will be those with the least concern for their patients. The flip side is that in the private sector, a persons worth, in terms of compensation, is determined by a number of factors, not the least of which is, the number persons available who are skilled in a particular profession. As there will be fewer doctors, the market value of the service performed by those doctors remaining will increase, along with the cost of health care. As there will be fewer doctors, and costs will dramatically increase as a result, health care rationing will be unavoidable.

Since Rahm Emanuel and former President Clinton agree that the goal of the health care reform is not necessarily to get it right, what is the goal? The same goal that these socialist statists have been striving for all along; power. Government programs are not so much about solving problems, which they never seem to do, as they are about exerting control. Political correctness and hate crimes legislation are not so much about protecting the vulnerable, as they are about crushing free speech through intimidation. Gun control is not so much about crime reduction, it actually has the opposite effect, as it is about disarming the people. Our founders never intended for our government to be the privilege granting, property confiscating, rights trampling, regulatory, tax and spend monstrosity that it has become. The statist have every intent to expand government power and control until Americans are nothing more than a society of serfs.

America is awakening from a long, ignorant slumber. We have made our objections known to our leaders and they have ignored us. We have gathered in great numbers in Washington to protest and they have mocked us. We have been here before. Two hundred and thirty three years ago fifty five brave souls pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in signing the Declaration of Independence. One line from that document stands out as one upon which we should seriously reflect today; “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” America finds itself today at exactly the same crossroad; will we choose liberty or will we choose tyranny?

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