The theme of freedom has been popping up several times lately, which for me usually signals the beginning labor pains of a blog post struggling to be released. The sooner I tackle it, the quicker I can get some relief, thus today’s post.
It all started with ColorStorm’s “Finally, Utopia”, written with his usual trademark wit layered over deep truths. What is utopia really, but a place where all your needs are cared for? Sounds great, right? What if in return though basic control of your life was handed over to others? Is that a good deal? To some it would seem so and I encourage you to read the post to find out why.
Next we have Citizen Tom’s “Manipulated Again?”, a dead on portrayal of how we allow ourselves to be swayed by negative political campaigns and thus open the door to very, very poor leadership. Why do we let this happen and become bedazzled by miscreant, strongman candidates who think very little about the Constitution except how to get around it during their naked power grabs? Tom’s post answers these questions as well as the equally engaging comments section.
And finally, we have the always insightful insanitybytes22 with her thoughtful post on the unhealthy trend of equating politics to war and demonizing opponents as enemies. As usual, the comments section was hot with discourse and was where I found myself in a lively discussion with Brian over the horribly misnamed Affordable Care Act, a topic I can rarely contain myself from responding to.
ObamaCare gets me riled up in ways nothing else in politics does. Its passage was very well played by its creators, who used the sick and vulnerable to emotionally manipulate people in to thinking something, anything! had to be done right now! and that those of us questioning its effectiveness and affordability were in favor of poor people dying in the streets.
It was a disgusting display of seediness by power hungry politicians who thought nothing of pitting citizens against one another to get their bill passed. Oh and they lied, a lot, which I wrote about in an earlier post, Pathological lying and ObamaCare How one Begat the Other.
“They lied about prices going down, they lied about being able to keep your doctor, they lied about how superior your new O’Care plan will be, they lied about how wonderful it is that people are being dumped in to Medicaid, they lied about how non disruptive it would be to those with existing plans, they lied about the bill not adding to the deficit, they lied about taxes not going up and they lied about all the new jobs that would be created. My God they even lied about the most basic of things in promising to have the bill negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN. Remember that? How quaint it all sounds now.”
ObamaCare is an affront to individual liberty and forever changes the power structure between the federal government and its people over the most intimate area of their lives, personal healthcare.
The question again comes back to why do we allow things like this to happen? Do we really value individual liberty so poorly, or have we simply lost the knowledge of its importance?
The latter reason is more compelling. I know so many good and otherwise intelligent people that are completely willing to hand over their personal power to that inept blob of bureaucracy we call the federal government and for what? Some sense of security I suspect and the false impression that large, intrusive government programs equates to compassion.
In reality most do not. As they permeate in to society, their mission becomes about protecting and benefiting the managing bureaucracy and the cottage industries that support it. The needs of the people who use these programs become secondary to growing the numbers and keeping them dependent, while their self worth and initiative erodes.
The American people are waking up to this and are increasingly mocking those that try to demonize people passionate about reforming such decayed systems. Tough love that leads to empowerment is always the better route and the truth of this is becoming more and more apparent, which gives me hope.
If however we really do hold freedom in such low regard, then the situation is fatal and Benjamin Franklin’s warning about the iffiness of keeping our republic rings true. This is not a mere case of proper teaching but a moral issue that runs through the soul.
People that do not believe in their own power to direct the course of their life will always choose others to do it for them Politicians know and exploit this by dangling the illusion of safety in return for more government. This power transfer from individual to government becomes larger and more intrusive in direct proportion to the shrinking choices of its citizens.
As a free citizenry that elects their leaders, we have a say over this balance and this next election provides a tipping point. One road leads to increased statism, less freedom and eventual tyranny, while the other puts forth a blockade to stop the slide and change the course toward freedom.
Electing the right person for this is vital, but it can be difficult to discern truth amidst the daily drama and backbiting of political campaigns. In my view, we should not be bickering over whether a person supports this or that hot button issue, but if they will bring our society towards empowering individuals over government.
The candidate that understands this also means a reduction in his own executive power and actively campaigns on it is the right one for the job.
I have not decided yet if that person exists, have you?