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It’s Time to Dump Our Tea

March 23, 2010

I truly didn’t plan on having to write this at this time. You see, I’m not entirely satisfied with my employee’s performance lately.  Our employees work of late has been terrible! We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact;  these malicious incompetents, who have made our lives a shambles with their senseless orders. We have watched as our elected employees did as they wished while shredding their employment contracts, the Constitution. I’m afraid they’ve been forgetting who is really in charge and, I’m afraid we may have to remind them of that fact.

But that means understanding how exactly they got to be in charge in the first place.

Our Government is based on liberty and freedom. We own our lives and no other person has a higher claim on our lives. No other person, or group of persons, owns your life nor do you own the lives of others.  
At times some people use force or fraud to take from others without willful, voluntary consent. The use of force to take life is murder, to take liberty is slavery, and to take property is theft. It is the same whether these actions are done by one person acting alone, by the many acting against a few, or even by officials with fine hats and fancy titles. This government is based on our right to seek leaders for ourselves, but our elected employees are only human beings and they have no rights or claims that are higher than those of any other human beings. Regardless of the imaginative labels for their behavior or the numbers of people encouraging them, officials have no right to murder, to enslave, or to steal. They are bound to a contract we call the Constitution. This is the basis of a truly free society. It is not only the most practical and humanitarian foundation for human action; it is also the most ethical.

I’m a liberty loving man who firmly believes that constitutional liberty gives people the right to screw up and that’s what bothers me about the recently passed healthcare bill.

Why should I be forced to pay for the costs of other people’s irresponsibility?

Proponents of the single-payer national health plan can’t understand why anyone would want to oppose the faultless idea of universal health care. It’s completely egalitarian, it’s altruistic, and it’s free, they say. What’s not to like?

 “Free” is an illusion — but that’s not the point. To my mind, that question is actually irrelevant. Because there’s a much deeper philosophical objection to “socialized medicine” that is so un-PC that it is rarely if ever voiced in public. And for that reason, the opponents of socialized medicine never even mention the real flaw in the concept that nags a liberty loving American like me:

Not all ailments are equal.

A built-in false assumption with the health-care debate is that sickness is always no-fault sickness. It’s never socially acceptable to assign blame for people’s medical problems; especially blame on the patient. But I’m not afraid to confess that I’m a judgmental person. I firmly believe that some people are partly or entirely to blame for their ill health. I’m perfectly willing to provide help to people who are suffering due to no fault of their own. But in those cases which unfortunately constitute a majority of all cases where the ill health is a consequence of the patient’s own misdeeds, bad habits, or stupid choices, I feel a deep-seated resentment that the rest of us should pick up the tab to fix medical problems that never should have happened in the first place.

Now, I really don’t care if you overeat, smoke like a chimney, hump like a bunny or forget to lock the safety mechanism on your pistol as you jam it in your waistband, Fine by me. I would never under normal circumstances tell anyone how to live. That is: Until the bill for your stupidity shows up in my mailbox. Then suddenly, I’m forced to care about what you do, because I’m being forced at gunpoint to pay for the consequences.

What I don’t like about the very concept of government health care is that it compels me to insert myself into the decisions of a person’s life. I’d rather grant each person maximum freedom. I’d prefer to let people make whatever choices they want, however stupid or dangerous I may deem those choices to be. Just so long as you take responsibility for your actions, and you reap the consequences and pay for them yourself — hey, be as foolish or hedonistic or selfish or thoughtless as you like. Not my business. It’s called freedom and it’s the basis of the American Republic and what those revolutionaries were fighting for.  But Government health care, compels me to become a meddlesome busybody in your personal choices. And it will compel you to become a meddlesome busybody in everyone else’s personal choices. It forever douses the beautiful flame of individualism. Because that’s what socialized medicine does: it turns each of us into a little fascist nagging nanny who tells other people what to do and how to live.

Do we want that kind of society? I don’t. If you look at other countries with socialized medicine, Great Britain being the most glaring example, these invasive and oppressive government dictates have already started to circumscribe people’s freedom, with every kind of potentially dangerous activity or unhealthy comestible being declared forbidden — for the good of society as a whole.

But this is counter the spirit of the republic. Collectivism and Government interference with individual Liberty have unleashed a number of great evils on this world; while freedom and liberty have swept mankind into a new era.

The government serves the people and not the other way around and our current elected employee’s hold to the belief that they can make people better by making them less free.

There’s a way to fix that.

The United States of America was the first modern state formed around the principle of consent of the governed. The people are sovereign and consent to the establishment of their own government. Well our elected employee’s seem to have lost sight of that fact. We wrote to them and they never opened the mail, we called them so much that the capital switchboard shut down and they ignored it, we gathered in the streets to demand they pay attention and they mocked us. Implied in the principle of consent is the right to withdraw consent—to overthrow a regime that abuses the people through unrepresentative rule. Elections are the main vehicle for renewing the consent of the governed. Each election is an opportunity for the people to change their leaders. When a particular government loses the people’s confidence, they have the right to replace it, to throw out the tea if you will.

It’s Time to Dump Our Tea

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2010 10:47 pm

    “Why should I be forced to pay for the costs of other people’s irresponsibility?”

    Because everyone who has health insurance is already paying for people who don’t have health insurance. We need to get them in the system.

    It’s really that simple.

    • March 26, 2010 8:20 pm

      I agree with the first half of what you said there Rick, the folks on health insurance are indeed already paying for a lot of those who aren’t, and you see THAT is its self the problem. We do not need to fold everyone into the “system” we need to fix whats wrong now, which is people taking advantage of the system.

      We need to stop the hemorrhaging of money, health care is not a right, its a privilege and a commodity and yes that is mean and uncaring etc. but its true, and the truth is what matters here.

      To be done properly, we need to
      1) allow health insurance to be sold across state lines.
      2) make all health care facilities 100% tax free.
      3) allow hospitals to deny care to any but truly life threatening patients who don’t have means of payment.
      4) encourage the establishment of PRIVATE charity organizations to help unfortunate people.
      5) establish a tax offset plan for doctors, every patient they deal with for free, they write up a bill like normal and file it with their taxes, that amount will be counted as a tax deduction.

      This system would not encourage living off the dole, and it is 100% voluntary unlike the Obamacare system which forces people to do things literally at gun point. (disagree don’t pay your taxes I bet you find that gunpoint real bloody quick).

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