Saturday, July 17, 2010

Health Care Mandates and a Free Society

I think people often assume that those of us on the right support everything former President Bush did during his tenure. I admit that I am sick to the gills of leftists, liberals, self-declared moderates, pseudo-independents, et al, using former President Bush as a scapegoat for every single failure of the Obama presidency. Declaring mindlessly that everything from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the economic collapse of Fannie and Freddie to the failure of Congress to put forth a budget to Iraq to Afghanistan to the weather rests solely at the feet of George W. Bush is absolutely ludicrous. If you can no more support Obama than by blaming his predecessor, then Obama is a weak president and a failed leader, indeed.

I recently commented that the single most reprehensible act committed by George W. Bush was to promote and sign into law the first bailout. By doing so, he set the stage for the current economic disaster, for the very real assault on free markets and capitalist principles, and for the socialist policies of the Obama administration. For that single act, in large measure, the blame for the multiple bailouts and nationalization of private industry can be placed squarely at his feet. He should have taken the principled position and vetoed the bailout. He did not, and we are all paying the consequences.

No company is “too big to fail.” Failure will cause short-term pain and misery, then the free market will take over and the vacuum will be filled by eager, determined companies willing to provide the same or better service at a lower cost. Nature and the market abhor a vacuum.

I speak often in opposition to Obama’s stated goals and policy initiatives promoting wealth redistribution. Health care is a prime example. Not only is it a blatant over-extension of governmental authority by using Art. 1, Sec. 8 of the Constitution to demand that every single American purchase a specific product, against his will, but the basic premise of nationalizing the entire health care system, dictating what care can be given to whom, and under what circumstances, is abhorrent to a free society.

Another thing anathema to a free society and a democratic republic of the people is the manner in which the health care bill was created and passed. For the third most powerful person in the line of government succession to tell the American people that a bill must first be passed before those whom it affects can know what said bill contains is a blatant violation of the public trust. Also in violation of the sacred duty bestowed upon our elected representatives is their failure to read the health reform legislation before voting it into law.

Some take no exception to fact that the federal government is forcing every American, by virtue of citizenship, to purchase a product against his will. I regard it as an unconstitutional violation of my civil liberties. Additionally, should I willfully refuse to buy this product the government demands I purchase, then I can be fined up to $25,000 and/or imprisoned because my government has authorized the Internal Revenue Service to enforce this mandatory purchase. Even in the best case scenario, my refusal to purchase this government-mandated product will result in the IRS using monies I overpaid to the government—my money—to pay this illegal fine, due process be damned.

I deem this a contravention of the rights granted to me under my Constitution, and I will fight to right this wrong.

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