9/19/2009

Nationalized Health Care

For my entire adult life, I have worked and struggled and sacrificed most of my dreams to provide for my family, and to make sure each one received medical care as they needed it. I have foregone opportunities because I could not afford to take the chance of not having health insurance, for even a short while.

Now, with my children grown and able to take care of themselves, I am being asked, no, told that I must now support a new, more "socially just" system that will provide health insurance to millions of people who do not take personal responsibility in their lives, who do not, and will not make the necessary sacrifices to take care of themselves and their families. I must accept a lower standard of care, and outrageously confiscatory taxes, in order to provide this "free" service to millions of people, a huge portion of whom are of virtually no value to society.

I wonder why, and what is the morality behind it, that I must pay for the health care of other people's children? It is the parents' responsibility to provide for their own offspring, to feed them, educate them, and keep them healthy. It is not mine.

9/02/2009

Hard-Learned Lessons

Each generation, it seems, has to learn first hand of the depth of corruption of the Democratic party. After years of bitching and complaining, name-calling and slander about the Republican party and it's leadership, the Democrats have finally convinced millions of otherwise apathetic young voters to come out to the polls and end the Republican corruption. Well, congratulations to you, young voters. You have gotten your wish. Who knows how long this brave new socialist world will last? You have believed in a saviour, and now he (with the assistance of his co-conspirators, thugs, demagogues, criminals, liars, thieves, and henchmen) is busy delivering on his promises, by stealing money from people who work, and giving it to his own political supporters.

This change in government is not just switching from Republican to Democratic leadership as it has been in the past; since the Democratic party has become dominated by those whom we used to call Communists, Socialists, Fascists, and Anarchists, the whole system is in danger.

These people are trying to institute such changes in the American form of government that it is nearly as bad as if we had lost a war with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and been taken over by soviet bureaucrats and regulators.

I can remember when I was a child, I used to hear a then-common phrase: "It's a free country, isn't it?", meaning "I can do whatever I want to, as long as it harms no one else". It's been decades since I've heard this phrase, or even the sentiment.

Over the past several years, I have heard the leftists repeat various versions of the Benjamin Franklin quote about freedom and security: "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." I don't know about whether they would deserve neither, but that is what they will get, for sure. The quote has been used to beat up on George W. Bush, because of the Patriot Act, wherein the government took upon themselves the right to monitor communications with foreign enemies.

Now, we are in a great battle about nationalized health care, where the left wants the government to provide us with the SECURITY of free health care, in exchange for our FREEDOM to choose whether we want to participate. They, who know better than we, will TAKE our money, and give us minimal health care, after siphoning off trillions of dollars for the vast bureaucracy that will be administering this boon from our "generous" government.

The opportunities for corruption are vast. It will be bad for our country, and bad for our citizens, and bad for the people of the earth. I am against it, but there seems little I can do about it. Too bad. I am mostly concerned with the lower quality of life that my children and their children will enjoy due to this power grab. It is very sad.