A meandering post by Maynard
Did you hear this story out of England?
I assume the report is accurate. It certainly captures the spirit of an era.
Here’s what happened: A man found a trash bag in his yard. It had apparently been tossed over his fence from the public street. He opened the bag and found a firearm inside. He took it the police station. He was arrested and convicted for possessing a firearm; a crime which carries a 5-year minimum sentence.
The law is clear: A citizen cannot touch a gun. It’s a zero-tolerance law. There are no allowances for mitigating circumstances. If you see a gun, you call the authorities. If you touch it, you have no legal defense.
The mentality being inculcated in our new proto-fascist societies is that a citizen cannot think or act for himself. We need government oversight, government permission. When in doubt, ask. You see what happens to the man who takes action just because he thinks he’s acting reasonably. You wouldn’t want that to happen to you, would you?
How does a bureaucrat view the unwashed masses? Recently, speaking on the topic of environmental issues, Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu put it this way: “The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act.”
They’re adults. We’re children. The natural order of things is adults make rules and children follow the rules or face punishment.
You know what? Speaking in the abstract, I actually agree with Chu. People are stupid. Yes, I’m stupid too. The problem is, I don’t think Chu is any better than the rest of us morons. I don’t accept the bureaucrats as the world’s adults. And I doubt the world is going to be saved by giving the Chus of the world control over us. Chu is an agent of, not our salvation, but our enslavement.
Okay, let’s get to the point. I’m sick of talking about health care. But it’s the monster that won’t go away.
The news says Harry Reid is going to follow up on Pelosi’s blitzkrieg and is planning to ram ObamaCare down America’s throat in another Saturday late-night rush-rush hush-hush session.
Is there anything to say that hasn’t been said? There’s the overwhelming cost — and of course the 10-year price tag of a mere trillion dollars is a lie in two big ways: First, the promised cost savings in Medicare are dubious at best (note that yesterday the House caved in to physician’s demands, eliminating “savings” of $210 billion). Second, the big costs have been artificially pushed beyond the 10-year window. The plan is a fiscal time bomb. The trillion dollar price tag is basically the 5-year cost (because expenditure start in 2014), not the 10-year cost the advocates are trumpeting. So the long-term costs are vastly greater than advertised.
The unaffordable cost is the practical argument; the argument that should sway practical legislators. However, I would argue the real problem is the fundamentally fascistic nature of the planned health care framework. If this goes through, the government owns your body. That’s the endgame.
When the government picks up the tab, you get what the government gives you. As a controlled resource, it will become harder and harder, and eventually impossible, to receive health care without government micromanagement.
Note, for example, the proposed special tax on cosmetic surgery. Making certain medical procedures less affordable and thus less available is just one more way the government controls access to health care. Step by step, you are pressured into the pathway that the government has decided is “reasonable”, and away from the pathway that the government has decided is unnecessary.
It should also be mentioned that the cosmetic surgery tax is overwhelmingly a tax on women, and largely a tax on people in the lower income brackets.
Personally I don’t care. I’m not planning on getting cosmetic surgery. I think a lot of cosmetic surgery is stupid. But I see the writing on the wall. This is not the government’s decision to make. And it’s not my place to make that decision for you. Dammit, if you want breasts the size of a cow’s, I’d be a meddling jerk to tell you you can’t. (But I’m perfectly happy to mock you, just as we all gasp at that crazy cat woman.)
Didn’t Obama say something about people who currently choose not to buy insurance are taking advantage of the system? And by that same logic, anyone that indulges in any vice that has potential adverse health impact is also taking advantage of the system. The war on smokers is a taste of what the nation is in store for. You’re using more than your fair share of health care if you eat too much. If you drink alcohol. Obviously if you take drugs.
Oh, yeah, what if you ski? Skiing is dangerous. Skiers use too much health care. A lot of sports are dangerous, now that I mention it.
By the way, certain sexual practices are also particularly prone to spread diseases. It’s only fair that those be controlled too.
You think I’m being absurd? What was that Obama said during the campaign? “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.” No, Obama isn’t speaking in the context of health care here. But you see the workings of a mindset that wants to invade your life and override your most intimate decisions.
A government that fixes your body is a government that must control your body. That’s an inevitable result of the allocation of health care resources. The war on smokers and trans-fats is just the beginning. Remember, there’s never enough to go around when a thing is “free” or subsidized. Every “free” goodie comes at the cost of ever-greater control.
When it gets right down to it, your body is the only earthly thing you have. And Obama and Pelosi and Reid are working to take it away from you. Working stealthily in the dead of night. Lying blatantly about the costs. This from the people that pledged to become the most transparent administration in history.
I don’t know where this will go or how it will turn out. I do know that the fact we’ve gotten to this point says very disturbing things about American culture. Our guardians of civil liberties have been asleep at the switch, and that’s a tragedy.
I’m troubled by current events, but isn’t that always the way of things? The world has always been swayed by the tempting siren song of fools and power-mad scoundrels. There is nothing new under the sun. Our task, as always, is to testify to the truth and act accordingly. Beyond that, we’re in the hands, not of Obama, but of God Himself.
A prayer wouldn’t hurt. Psalm 109:8 has been making the rounds lately.
P.S. I talked to a Nevada resident who told me Reid is toast in 2010. Oddly, the issue that outraged Nevada was Reid failed to use his position of influence to bring the 2008 Democrat convention to Las Vegas, which was and is suffering, and badly needed the revenue. Obama thought the imagery of a Denver convention was preferable to that of Sin City, and Reid backed Obama over his home state. Now he’ll pay for that. I’m not sure whether the foregoing is true; I’m just repeating what a Nevadan told me.