What Freedom Demands

posted at 10:12 am on March 22, 2010 by Doctor Zero

Tonight, self-appointed wise men in Washington are steamrolling the objections of sixty to seventy percent of the population, and forcing a massive health-care bill down our throats “for our own good.” Presumably the backroom deals, corrupt payoffs, Congressional Budget Office accounting tricks, threats of unconstitutional parliamentary maneuvers, and betrayals of principle are also for our own good. What do you know? Banana republics turn out to be the highest evolution of government – the only form of the State equipped to take proper care of its citizens, by lying to them and trapping them in legislative cages over their howling protests.

Tonight is not the end of the ObamaCare saga, but it does mark the beginning of a slow turn by the American ship of state. It doesn’t have to be a turn to the left. On the contrary, it could be the first overture in a rebirth of our commitment to freedom, and the last gasp of an exhausted statist ideology, long overdue for its disposal in the waste bin of history.

The decision is up to us. Our representatives will fight various legislative battles in the months to come… and then we will speak in November. As the voters of the United States ponder what to say, it would profit us to think long and hard about the freedom Democrats are trying to take from us tonight, and what freedom demands.

Yes, it makes demands. Freedom is not a gift. It is not given to you by the government, in a precise dosage that can be adjusted to match a politician’s diagnosis of what ails the body politic. Your forefathers won an impossible Revolution against an invincible foe to declare the self-evident truth that your rights descend from your Creator. Whether that Creator is a transcendent God, or a random combination of genetic material in the primordial soup, it is a power that existed before the first king assumed his throne, or the first president was elected. Liberty burns in your imagination, flows through your veins, and rings through your words.

This radiant idea has burned through all the bloody clouds of the last three centuries: you are not clay to be sculpted by the will of another. You are not a racially inferior inconvenience, to be marched into a concentration camp. You aren’t a class enemy to be exiled by dictators. You are not a disposable cog in the machinery of collectivist economics, or a mouth to be starved by the failure of collective agriculture. You are an American, and through a dereliction of their duty as elected representatives, the Democrats have forced you to choose whether you will retain the full measure of the honor and dignity your Constitution asserts for you.

If you choose to obey their demands, it will be the last such choice you make. Your opinion was disregarded on this travesty of a health-care bill. It will not be solicited in the future. Fifteen thousand new IRS agents will ensure that you comply with endless future “adjustments” to socialized insurance, until it mutates into socialist medicine, and bankrupts us along with the crushing weight of other unsustainable entitlements. On that dark day, you will be fighting battles, not making choices.

Like your muscles, heart, and lungs, freedom is a part of you, and it makes demands. You cannot exercise freedom in the absence of responsibility. That means you must accept the challenges of a complex, fast-moving world. You must exercise your influence in that world, and money is the medium of exchange that transforms your labor into your will. You have to demand the best return on your investments, and the best quality for your purchases. This requires education, to gather the information necessary for making wise decisions.

We are currently paying the price for decades of turning away from those demands, and trusting government to insure our quality of life. It’s understandable. The free market is huge and powerful, and it does not pause to adore the millions of individuals passing through it… and occasionally stumbling. We feel overwhelmed by the waves of information crashing around us. In the case of an arcane discipline like medicine, we don’t feel as if we understand it well enough to make informed decisions, and our will is expressed through an insurance system that has already been turned into an incomprehensible mess by government regulation. It would be so easy to let righteous politicians with limitless power and money take care of us, tapping into the vast fortunes of the super-rich for the benefit of all, and transforming health care into a “human right” – which means the little people won’t have to think about it any more.

If you are in thrall to this temptation, consider what you are being asked to surrender. Hidden in ObamaCare’s thousands of pages are countless legislative snares, and subsidies designed to convert your freedom into benefits for favored constituencies. The money drained from our economy into this health-care sinkhole will reduce your freedom – even when it’s money from the wallets of other people. That’s because a collapsing free market will eliminate choices and options you currently take for granted. Mandates that wipe out part-time employment will destroy services your family needs. Jobs shipped overseas to avoid crushing penalties are employment opportunities forever denied to you. Higher taxes on corporations slither down to you as elevated prices on goods you may no longer be able to afford.

A swelling government reduces the size of the private sector… the galaxy in which free Americans burn as stars. Common sense tells you that a nation with a gigantic government is less free. What is the proper name for a system in which the State controls everything, and the private sector is completely gone? Why should free men applaud heavy steps taken in that direction? What about the freedom of Bart Stupak’s constituents, who foolishly trusted him to resist the tyranny of forcing pro-life taxpayers to fund abortions? Today they watched Stupak’s honor shrivel into a meaningless piece of paper, offered by a compulsive liar, whose every commitment comes with an expiration date.

The call of freedom requires you to turn away easy solutions offered by corrupt politicians. It’s not a “solution” anyway – just the gateway to another, heavier imposition on your liberty down the line. If its authors believed otherwise, why would they use tricks and lies to chisel out a “deficit-neutral” ten-year forecast from the Congressional Budget Office? A free man dismisses such deception with contempt, and demands to know what happens in Year Eleven. A free woman looks at a “crisis” in a heavily regulated market and commands government to remove itself to undo the damage it has already caused. What is the final form of a State that is rewarded for its failures with more power? We already know that name, don’t we?

Tonight, the Democrat Party declares war on the American middle class. They are gambling on the forced creation of an entitlement we’ll be too exhausted and weary to reject – no matter how poor its quality, corrupt its inception, or unbearable its cost. We do have one last chance to strike this down. There is no reason any Democrat up for re-election in 2010 or 2012 needs to retain their seats. They don’t own those seats, any more than the Kennedys owned Massachussetts. There’s no reason the Democrats need to exist as a viable political party after 2012. Obama can be their last President.

It would be incredible if the American people could bring about such a transformation of their decadent political class, in these coming elections.

Sometimes freedom demands that you do the incredible to preserve it.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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Let them have their day, Patriot. Every dog has his own. And some days are longer than others.

Time is the telling factor, I tend to believe.

Funny, too, DR isn’t an American. He never grew up under our way of life, with our history. He doesn’t have parents who instilled in us the things ours did. He doesn’t have our motivations but, rather his own. He doesn’t grasp that all a person’s motivations stop at his/her neighbor’s front door.

That detail is the telling, final thing.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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My country looks out for its citizens in a different way than yours does.
The cracks in your system through which the poor tumble are massive. Ours are relatively tiny. You care less about your fellow citizen than I do – we and the rest of the G20 think healthcare is a basic right of living in an advanced, civilized society. You don’t. Whoopee doo.

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Let them have their day, Patriot. Every dog has his own. And some days are longer than others.
Time is the telling factor, I tend to believe.
Funny, too, DR isn’t an American. He never grew up under our way of life, with our history. He doesn’t have parents who instilled in us the things ours did. He doesn’t have our motivations but, rather his own. He doesn’t grasp that all a person’s motivations stop at his/her neighbor’s front door.
That detail is the telling, final thing.
Liam on March 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Yes.
One things for sure, if DR can’t figure out any differences between Socialism and Progressivism, then there aren’t any.

Maybe that’s being unfair to him given his Insightful responses, but at least one of the other Statist trolls could have jumped in to handle the load.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Tell me–that insult you made earlier to a certain Latina–who is American as I am–get you in some sort of Dutch with HA administration?

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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oooooh which insult was that?

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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Wait – you’re the lady who gives her party a pass for never doing a thing/failing miserably to overturn Roe v Wade in 26 years, right?

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Explain the Difference between Socialism and Progressivism?
Why don’t you show everyone how smart you are by answering the question.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Explain the Difference between Socialism and Progressivism?
Why don’t you show everyone how smart you are by answering the question.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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Look at you, doing nothing whatsoever to overturn Roe v Wade and blaming liberals for all those abortions when the country and parts of the country are/were under your party’s watch at the federal and state level. So…so…effective.

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

There’s no reason the Democrats need to exist as a viable political party after 2012. Obama can be their last President.
It would be incredible if the American people could bring about such a transformation of their decadent political class, in these coming elections.
Sometimes freedom demands that you do the incredible to preserve it.

The sentiment’s good but the closing vision is child-like. Making a goal of the impossible is weak.

rcl on March 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Maybe that’s being unfair to him given his Insightful responses, but at least one of the other Statist trolls could have jumped in to handle the load.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Maybe the others abandoned him?

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Dave you just answered a question about Socialism with a comment about Roe vs Wade. You are exhibit A in WTF is wrong with the left and the debate of where the country should go.

Conan on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

oooooh which insult was that?

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Of, so you’re saying there are so many you lost count?

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Look at you, doing nothing whatsoever to overturn Roe v Wade and blaming liberals for all those abortions when the country and parts of the country are/were under your party’s watch at the federal and state level. So…so…effective.

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

A lot of people have worked hard to overturn R v Wade, and YOU know it. You just won’t allocute to the fact. You like the tidiness of what you want, to further justify your anger.

And, really, Dave, you have a lot of it.

If you question people for not having overturned Wade, then maybe you’re trying to say you want it to happen? If so, then get onboard!

Oh, wait! Never mind. You’re not an American Citizen.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Explain the Difference between Socialism and Progressivism?
Why don’t you show everyone how smart you are by answering the question.
Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM

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Look at you, doing nothing whatsoever to overturn Roe v Wade and blaming liberals for all those abortions when the country and parts of the country are/were under your party’s watch at the federal and state level. So…so…effective.
Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

That’s another thing that makes you look bad – forgetting who has said what.

I’m the one that asked: What is the Difference between Socialism and Progressivism?

I mean, it’s not like all of our comments are listed out or something.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I mean, it’s not like all of our comments are listed out or something.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

But some of us are keeping posts by liberals. Fun, fun, fun!

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I mean, it’s not like all of our comments are listed out or something.
Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

But some of us are keeping posts by liberals. Fun, fun, fun!
Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Oh yeah!
ROFLMAO!

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Since you claim to be, sooo self-admitted, you’re so smart, you should know many have been working for years–decades, even–to overturn R. v Wade.

You know, you defeat your own arguments without really trying, by applying your brand of circular logic. In a lot of ways, we like you! I, for one, love using YOUR way of doing things against other liberals.

I’m a Con and you’re a lib. But what you hand me against others of your ilk make me like you! You’re the best argument I can ever make against liberals.

Laugh at that, fuzzball!

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I saw one the other day, from crr6 in December, that said “Say goodbye to your freedoms you conservatives! hahahahaha”

Not an exact quote, but at about 98%.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

trolls have turned this post into a toilet

urbancenturion on March 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I post a reference to the subject and it’s ignored for the trolls’ circle-jerk.

Some of these guys need banning.

rcl on March 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

trolls have turned this post into a toilet

urbancenturion on March 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

And we gave them the flush. Not perfect, maybe, but not too shabby.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Maybe that’s being unfair to him given his Insightful responses, but at least one of the other Statist trolls could have jumped in to handle the load.
Chip on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Maybe the others abandoned him?
Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Yes, that could be the case – they realize how inept he makes them look so they just pretend he’s not there.

Sort of like a crazy aunt that people keep locked away up in the attic.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

True liberals can state a case for their beliefs. Hell, so can true Marxists. We can disagree, but at least we can have a genuine discussion on political theory.

Dave Rywall, and all the other liberals here, can’t do that. They’ll go back to the Civil War to try ‘asserting’ their point. To me, that’s neither a true Marxist nor a liberal.

If you and I can make an intellectual case, why can’t any of the libs who post here? I mean, if they’re Marxists, then let’s have at it! I don’t want to hear a true Marxist lead in with, “Well, you…”

I want their theory, I want their political justification. Marx was never emotional. He was logical in his own way.

I want the Marxist logic. But not one liberal who posts here, insulting us and changing subjects and all else they do, have ever once been able to move me toward their side.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:42 PM

To Dave Rywall:

You are a liberal and I’m an American Conservative.

Motivate me to your way of thinking.

Regards,
Liam

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I don’t really know what they can’t articulate what they believe – either they’re incapable of doing so, or they know it’s a Loser ideology and can’t talk openly about it except for cozy confines of academia.

It really looks like the only way they can sell it is by disguising it, hence all the name changes.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Modern American liberals have abrogated even Marx.

Marx and Engels wouldn’t be any happier than would Washington.

The Left speaks about Marx, but they’ve devolved from him. Marx would probably deride them, too. It’s like a sin against sin.

Engels had a mistress, which Marx criticized. Not because having a mistress was somehow bad but, rather, having a mistress was so ‘middle class’.

We cons think Marxism is bad. Which it is. But modern libs can’t even measure up to Marx. What does that say about them?

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Marx was a humanist, wanting better for his fellow Man. Though his theories are way off base for a number of reasons, he sought no genuine spite against his fellows.

Modern liberals, as stated by this recent vote–and among those like Dave Rywall, crr6, simplesimon, and so many others, is nothing but hate for their neighbors.

Modern liberals can’t even be counted as Marxists. They can only be counted as the worst kinds of people.

We Conservatives want to be wealthy. We also want everyone else, no matter race, gender, or political stripe, to have chance to be wealthy, too.

I see no crime, no sin, in that ideal.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

People have to realize that definitions change through the years. There was a time when “Computer” meant a Person who computes.
The Left has bastardized the word ‘Liberal’ so much that it’s almost 180 degrees out of phase with what it original meant.
The present day definitions are the only things that count right now.
The commonalities between the many varied versions of Statism are much more numerous that their differences – and those difference don’t matter hill of beans anyways.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

To Summarize:
Boys and girls, today we learned that

Dave Rywall

Doesn’t know and Doesn’t care, How many Millions of people have died under the yoke of Statism (Like in the former Soviet Union)

And,

Dave Rywall

Doesn’t know of any difference between Socialism and Progressivism.

Chip on March 22, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Dave Rywall:

You talk much, but say so little. You might well be passionate but, in the end, YOU do not persuade.

That, in the end, is the final definition of you.

Liam on March 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Doc you’re absolutely right on healthcare. You know Obama’s next step? Amnesty for illegals and more legal immigration. To create new voters just in time for 2012. I know it sounds crazy, but we can actually get rid of Nationalized healthcare in the future in 2010 by voting in a new congress. Then eventually overturning it. However, if Obama radically changes the demographics to bring in a large swath of un-assimilated Democratic voters before 2012, The GOP is dead. Right now unchanged, we’ll have the demographics to crush them. You change them though, and we’re screwed. The media will float the 2050 story line: White people are dying, invite the third world in to repopulate everything. This is a sensationalized reality they wish to create based on current levels of legal/illegal immigration and birth rates. Amnesty will make this scenario a reality. However, if we shoot Amnesty down God willing, then this scenario disappears. The Center for Immigration Studies does excellent research on the topic of immigration itself. Mark Levin used their research for his excellent book. Mark Levin points out as well: ALL immigration must be lowered! LEGAL and Illegal. A lot of Republicans only hear Illegal, but all immigration must be lowered. Then we enforce our laws, build a physical wall, assimilation and English as the official language. If Amnesty prevails though, say hello to permanent Statism, Because then there’s no way to ever repeal anything. Anyway Doc, please visit the Center for Immigration Studies website, they have a lot of research posted there. You can see many charts, analysis and other things. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve researched everything. Contact Mark Krikorian too, or Steven Camerota, they’re both researchers there.

Humphrey007 on March 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

First class commentary Doc…
~tips hat~

jerrytbg on March 22, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Well spoken, Doctor Zero, well spoken.

Theophile on March 22, 2010 at 10:04 PM

There’s no reason the Democrats need to exist as a viable political party after 2012. Obama can be their last President.

Absolutely dead on Doctor….we will not surrender.

Baxter Greene on March 22, 2010 at 11:29 PM

The cracks in your system through which the poor tumble are massive. Ours are relatively tiny. You care less about your fellow citizen than I do – we and the rest of the G20 think healthcare is a basic right of living in an advanced, civilized society. You don’t. Whoopee doo.

Dave Rywall on March 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

The difference is more fundamental, actually. This country was founded as an individualistic society, not a collectivist society. It continues to drift toward collectivism, which will erode individual rights.

Of course, we have a different conception of rights than you do as well.

None of which changes the fact that your entire country, and most of the western world, continues to leverage the strength of our military as its primary means of defense.

Your nation is our pathetic, dependent younger brother and your way of life is only possible because we are what we are. The only reason your silly little nation isn’t a US Territory already is because we don’t need you, and would rather not bother with Quebec anyway.

But thanks for playing.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM