I won’t lie, the November election was a stinging defeat for Republicans. Only about 1 million more voters voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 than voted for John McCain in 2008, which is completely dumbfounding considering the polls leading up to the election and the state of the economy under Obama’s first term. And that on top of the blow the Supreme Court gave to the American people which removed all pretense that government was the servant of the people. Looking back over these last several months I’ve come to the realization that I simply do not recognize this country any longer.
We as a people are irredeemably envious of everyone around us, spoiled, materialistic, ignorant — of history, of principle, of human nature –, and simply deserve everything we get from this point forward. We are all now slaves to government; a government that restricts and removes our rights and our privacy more and more each day. A government that punishes success and rewards failure. A government that divides us and sets one upon another. And half of the country applauds and asks for more. Our media lavishes praise on and proclaims the very cancer as the “second coming“.
Obama is no second coming, rather he’s the beginning of the end. Obama’s ballyhooed change is all around us. The economy hasn’t recovered from the recession and threat of a double dip is very real because those running the government today do not believe in the very economic forces that drive the economy. Businesses all around the country have reacted and are cutting back the hours of their employees and converting full time jobs to part time jobs in order to skirt around Obamacare laws. Action that will only exacerbate the economic troubles our country continues to face. When combined with the reality of a dwindling workforce and its impact on entitlement spending and the national budget one can’t look at the state of our nation today and feel anything but a deep foreboding.
Today’s SCOTUS ruling upholding Obamacare’s Constitutionality is not only an affront to the very principles this nation was founded upon, but also the end of any illusion of freedom we had left. As of today non individual in this country has any real control over the limit government now has on them. As of today, we are a nation of slaves beholden to government. As of today government is no longer “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Today, government is master and can now legitimately rule our lives like it has never been able to do before.
I won’t bother commenting on the ruling itself, other than to say I am ashamed of Justices Kennedy and Roberts. They swore to uphold the Constitution and did exactly the opposite today. Our forefathers — Madison the least of which — which weap in shame at what was committed today. What I did want to comment on, and particularly for the scurrilous Americans that voted for Obama, are the very likely unintended consequences of today’s ruling. That slippery slope is a bitch, and I hope every single individual that voted for Obama tumbles right over it.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that Government can control what you eat, and can punish you if you do not adhere to the inevitable dietary regulations that are coming. Don’t believe that’s possible? Go talk to New York City and Boston. Today the Supreme Court rules that government can control how much energy you consume, and can punish you if you you do not adhere to the inevitable restrictions that are coming. Don’t believe that’s possible? Go talk to the U.N., and the passel of lawmakers in states and the federal level that are working hand in hand to enact carbon taxes. Today the Supreme Court ruled that Government has ultimate say in your healthcare and can punish you if you don’t adhere to the regulations. Many of which are already in place. Don’t believe that? Go talk to the 43 Catholic Denominations that are currently suing the Government for trampling religious freedom. Wait and see that its inevitable that rationing will occur. As has been the case of every single nation that has implemented a national healthcare system.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that we are no longer a single people. As of today we are “us” and “them”. As of today we are a nation of mob rule; a nation in which those who pay no income taxes — some 50% of all working adults — make the rules under which the other 50% of adults who do pay income taxes have to live. Its the ultimate socialist society in which the productive half of the country has to support themselves, along with those who are not productive. And have zero say about it.
I see little reason why those individuals who do not believe in our founding principles should enjoy the very system those principles created. Tell me why we Conservatives should not, from this moment forth, use the very tactics of the left to defeat them. If we are not a nation of principles and laws, why should we not also actively attack Democrats? Why should we not intrude upon the homes and work places of Democrats? Why should we not destroy the property of Democrats? Why should we not perpetrate voting fraud to ensure our candidates win? Why should we not practice intimidation?
Oh you fools, you know not what you did today.
The stories regarding horrendous conditions within the British managed healthcare system are legion, and now comes the claim that the system is actually a pathway to death for the elderly. The issue of course, is that in a health system funded solely through taxation services always have to be rationed. So don’t take the article to mean that the British healthcare system is intentionally murdering people. yet at the end of the day thats precisely what its doing. When scarce resources have to be allocated, they’re more likely to be allocated to the young and that simply isn’t something we should contenence here in the United States.
While there are a litany of issues — severe and other wise — with the patch work of healthcare and insurance systems here in the U.S., I don’t want to see us march down the road of Britain like a bunch of lemmings either. We can do much better, and without consigning our elderly to the deathchamber of centrally managed healthcare. Foremost is controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs, which Obamacare doesn’t even begin to provide. The issue of ever increasing cost is a complex one with no single solution, yet the first step should be to enact Tort reform enabling Doctors and Hospitals to control their insurance costs. Those costs are passed along to each of us in turn, and doctors are forced to defensively order batteries of needless medical tests for no other reason than as insulation from possible future legal proceedings. The costs of which are also passed along to us all.
Secondly, Congress should enact cross state insurance pools, and allow insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines as well. Larger pools mean lower premiums, and that is never a bad thing. Third, the States and Congress should enforce existing laws, or enact them as needed to better regulate the industry and vet premium increases. There should be clear, convincing documentary evidence required for premium increases. And that simply isn’t my impression now. In most cases I’m a proponent of less regulation, but I believe the record is clear that in the healthcare insurance industry, the industry has failed to regulate itself. And that lack of self regulation has caused great harm.
Beyond controlling cost, the States and Congress also need to address egrgious industry practices that directly harm consumers. States and consumers need real teeth to combat those practices that can, and have lead to death or debilitation through lack of medical treatment. Examples of which are the well documented policies of insurance agencies to intentionally deny claims for non-medical reasons, and the intentional cancellation of consumer policies when healthcare claims are made. My sister-in-law is an example of this second practice. She lost her healthcare three years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. After nearly 20 years of maintaining healthcare insurance, and being in good health, the company refused to renew her insurance at the end of the term after submitting her claim. She was unable to find comparable coverage afterward that would cover her (pre-existing condition), and couldn’t afford the one policy that would. Practices such as these should come with very real consequences to the companies that practice them, and what’s more, can be done Constitutionally.
That Democrats have refused to discuss, let alone enact, many of the similar proposals Republicans have put forth over the last 20 years shows that the Obamacare is more about politics than it is about ensuring the health of American citizens. Obamacare will eventually lead to single payer system, with its inevitible rationing and treadmill to the “death panels” which Britain itself is experiencing.
I know its a rhetorical questions, but come on? Really?
“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman, not her boss,” Sen. Gillibrand said.
“It’s time to tell those Republicans mind you’re own business,” Sen. Lautenberg said.
Please tell me Democrats know that women actually do have the right to purchase their own health insurance now. Please tell me Democrats understand the difference between forcing religious institutions to directly or indirectly provide elements of healthcare that run counter to to their religious tenets; and someone employed by said institution going out and purchasing her own insurance. Please tell me Americans are not stupid enough to fall for this.
Beyond that there is an entire layer of irony here too. First, an entire political party that champions “Separation of Church and State” using the State to intrude in a religious affair; and secondly the Catholic church that supported Obamacare now complaining because it was impacted in a way unforeseen. Dance with the devil….
This is what infuriates me more than anything about politicians. You can’t trust anything they say. It’s why I respected George Bush as much as I did, despite his high spending, because when he spoke you knew he was saying what he meant and meant what he said. President Bush would honor his pledges, or at the very least give an honest effort toward doing so. But he was an anacronism, a relic of a time when men honored their words and others judged a man by that.. Sadly those days are long gone. Today a politician will say anything to get elected, and once elected, will do and say anything to stay elected. Exactly why so many now hold Congress and government in contempt.
Republicans should take close heed. If they do not see the brewing anger in the country today, and do not understand it for what it truly is, then the party is lost. That anger in America stems from the frustration Americans feel that government no longer serves them; that government by, and for the people is over. And if the party ever stood for anything at all, it needs to rediscover its core beliefs of limited government and economic freedom or it risks losing everything it’s gained in the last two years. And I say that not from the perspective of party, but rather from the perspective of principle. It always was and always will be the principles that matter. Republicans are trifling emotions they ought not be trifling with if any of them think they can ride the wave of Tea Partiers into the majority and then not faithfully carry out the agenda we want.