"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Ben Franklin
I find it difficult to wrap my head around the fact that there are people who actually believe it's the job of the federal government to take care of those less fortunate or skilled in society. They think that the government should somehow guarantee an equal outcome for all people. As a student of history, this sounds to me like the familiar drum beat of Marxist philosophy. But hey, who am I to argue? 149,469,610 people murdered by communism can't be wrong, can they?
Where am I coming from on this? You may already know, but to recap:
I used to be a Republican. I was a registered Republican from the day I turned 18 on. However, haven't always voted Republican on a local or state level. Nor have I always followed their preferred voting for issues. I lean more towards liberty than restriction and that means the freedom of people to choose if they want to gamble or smoke or whatever. I am staunchly pro-life as I don't even see that as a political issue, but a human issue. How can you be for your race if you are against the most innocent of life having a chance? But I digress. I left the party and registered as an independent during Bush's 2nd term - in large part because of Bush and the Congress recklessly spending away my children's futures and mine. The parties have both gone so far left it's pathetic. They have no sense of fiscal responsibility... generally speaking.
How does this apply to the current national debate over "health care" reform I had on Facebook? I firmly believe that it's not a national issue. It's not a federal issue. If anything, the federal government being involved in the regulation of the health insurance and health care industries has caused a significant portion of our problems. This issue should be left up to the states to decide individually. It comes down to one simple thing? Are we at a point where we, as Americans, just don't give a crap about our Constitution? If we choose to ignore the 10th Amendment, choose to ignore Article IV, section 4. We know the left in this country hates the 2nd Amendment, but will they give up the 1st? We've already had much of it attacked by Republicans under President Bush with regard to the 4th Amendment so perhaps President Obama will just repeal state sovereignty once and for all.
To my friends on the left, where does it end? At what point do you say that you've given up enough freedoms and liberties given everyone the security and care they desire? When is enough enough? Do you reach the point of Socialism or do you hold out for full-blown totalitarian Communism?
Now, you can always blame Republicans for holding up "reform" of the system. However, blaming the poor Republicans for obstructing anything is like blaming your bank teller because last night was cloudy. They have ZERO control over what's going on. Even when they are in power, they constantly give in to what the Democrats wants to avoid being called a demagogue or racist or Nazi (ignoring the fact that Nazis where leftist socialists and had a party platform strikingly similar to the Democrats). With clear majorities in both houses of congress and the Whitehouse, what's stopping them? Me. People like me. You who are reading this. Americans fed up with all this bullcrap. You see, people in Congress likes their jobs (and they don't want to loose them) they will if they ram this down our throats against the public will.
To me, all this government control and handout mentality is crewel anyway. It takes away from the individual's freedom to rise and fall on his or her own merits. Yes, people need help, but it's not the roll of the federal government to take care of everyone's needs. Do you really think it's ok for the government to force my family out of private insurance and into a "public option" if I switch jobs after the law is enacted? We've all read what it's like in the UK, France, Canada. They die on waiting lists. They give birth in the bathroom. Bureaucrats decide when people should die - when they are no longer worth putting money into. Is this where we want to take America?
Yes, I feel for people who need help. It breaks my heart that families suffer among us. That's why I, and most of my family, support heavily the work of the Salvation Army and others. We do our part to help those in need - as many Americans do through charities. And no, they can't help everybody but they do the best they can. However, when the tax cheats that run congress take away more of the money from those who support our charities, we can help less people. When the unconscionably corrupt narcissistic power mongers running our country take away more money from the people that employ us, they cut jobs. When those who write the tax code and lecture us about it (while failing to pay THEIR taxes) tell us we have to do our patriotic duty and cough up more tax revenue. This, my friends, is when we ALL need to stand up, make our voices heard across this land and tell the left "this far, no further. You shall not pass."
May God bless the United States of America again with true, honest, trustworthy leadership before it's too late.