The America you wake up in tomorrow won't be the same America as today. It won't be the America you grew up in or that your parents and grandparents knew. It won't be the America you hoped to pass down to your children. It won't be a free America or a prosperous America, and it certainly won't be a peaceful America. If the health care bill the president and Congress passed is allowed to stand as the law of the land, then this is probably the beginning of the end of the United States of America. We've gone from Madison to Marxism in less than 250 years.
Let's be clear. The health care bill isn't about anyone's health. For a cool 50 billion dollars, we could have literally handed out $10,000 checks to 5 million sick uninsured individuals to help them pay their medical bills. It's not a perfect solution, but it would have been smarter and cheaper than remaking the entire health care system in the image of Big Government. The truth is this is all about power, and the new bill puts one-sixth of the economy under total and direct federal supervision. The president's health care bill wrestles power away from the people and strips many decisions from individuals, families, employers, doctors, and private health insurance companies. If you are a health care provider, you will now be forced to comply with 2700 pages of rules, regulations, tax increases, and federal mandates. If you are an individual, the government will pick "the right coverage for you" or you will be fined.
Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government the power to tax individuals for not buying a particular commercial product. This is, for lack of a better word, fascism. If the government can force you to buy a certain type of health insurance coverage, what's to keep them from making you buy a certain type of car like a hybrid or requiring you to put solar panels on the roof of your house? What's to stop them from getting in bed with all sorts of businesses and industries, forcing you to buy an energy-efficient, government-subsidized GE appliance for instance? When government takes this kind of control of our economy, what does that do to the private sector? It lessens choice and competition while discouraging innovation in the marketplace. That's never good for the people.
Under President Obama, the slippery slope to tyranny just got a lot slicker. If the federal government is no longer restricted by the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution, then it has carte blanche to control every aspect of our lives. In other words, it has infinite power. The Madisonian social contract we entered into as citizens to protect our freedoms has been turned into a leviathan that asks every citizen to submit to the government's ever-expanding will. That's why even if the health care bill somehow manages to lower premiums and provide affordable insurance for a few extra million people (which I highly doubt), the precedent it establishes for usurping our founding principles isn't worth it. Period.
The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. And as the citizen gets smaller and feels the unjust burden of the government's iron fist coming down, as they see their choices limited, they will act out in panic. They will fight for the few liberties they have left. Dissidents will be deemed enemies of the state. Neighbors will stop trusting neighbors. The nation that remains will be deeply divided. This is the "permanent revolution" Marxism promises, and what is progressivism if not a sister ideology of Marxism? Who is the trusted steward on the Left who will keep these philosophies separate? When you dance with the devil, he usually leads.
If the courts allow this law to stand, we are staring at the face of totalitarianism. That some see this as benevolent totalitarianism in the short term is of little comfort. America cannot and will not stand for such a dramatic shift in the balance of power. The good news is the Supreme Court is currently in our favor and there are still a couple of elections to turn this thing around. I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but I believe that if we fail to undo this, the United States will cease to exist. Government won't have the consent of the governed, and states will most likely secede. This is a more realistic scenario than it has been in the past 150 years. It could happen in our lifetime.
No one can accuse Obama and Pelosi of being cowards. Their plan has been put into action. Was it worth it, Democrats? Does the end justify the means?