We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations About Obamacare)

The  unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely  flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking  aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by  while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press  systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our  freedoms.

 
 
The  President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice  John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away  our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow  it.They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They  make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses,  and we allow it.They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply  held beliefs – and we allow it.

 
 
Where  is your spine, America?

 
 
Yes,  I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read  blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union  complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly).  Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much  of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks.  Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

 
 
Perhaps  you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

 
 
1.  The President is not a king.  Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official,  someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a  dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force  of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he  deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we?  Racists!

 
 
And  while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally  transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with  cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! (In  fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in  general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play  basketball! — is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free  world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and  what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important  to concern himself with?)

 
 
2.  It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed  philosophy.  People are marveling thatHealthcare.gov <http://healthcare.gov/> was  such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a  product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for  that here <http://townhall.com/columnists/laurahollis/2013/10/22/what-obama-could-have-learned-from-entrepreneurs-n1729682> .  But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure, or even a  product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

 
 
I  have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner.  And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of  millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion,  the theft of the public’s money and property, and freedom (read insurance,  and premiums, and doctors) — IS what central planning looks  like.

 
 
The  central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with  your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s  good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have  been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and  Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the  same imperial impulses: “we know what is good the ‘the  people.’

 
 
And  they are always wrong.

 
 
There  is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been  after wars, revolutions, or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos  for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning  produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and  the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for  hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for  meat in the grocery stores?

 
 
But  communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the  Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la  Revolución!

 
 
Contrary  to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding  Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set  up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the  Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your  behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and  famine.)

 
 
3.  Obama is deceitful. Just  as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone,  neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare  plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama  has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies  which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my  word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard  Wolffe <http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1746/article_detail.asp> , “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has  refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic  records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed  Klein <http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/17/new-rev-wright-audio-controversial-pastor-thought-obama-became-a-liar-video/> , that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is?  You have to tell the truth.”

 
 
Did  Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can  keep it. Period!”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.

 
 
4.  The media is responsible. And  had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this  much, much earlier.

 
 
The  press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people  from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit,  incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would  have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than  we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare,  Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs  about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying  – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this  administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012  reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington  Post <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/11/19/president-romney-yes-if-the-election-were-held-today/has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas!  Happy now?)

 
 
Instead,  they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power,  disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to  spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of  low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to  report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated  lies,The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the  President “misspoke <http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/03/nytimes-obama-misspoke-when-he-claimed-americans-could-keep-their-health-insurance/> .”)  They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.

 
 
5.  Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The  computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster.  What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be  a disaster <http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/161901> ,  too.

 
 
Millions  of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions  more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama  administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

 
 
The  exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting  Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and  redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

 
 
When  the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for  care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake),  then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality  and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions  made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be  covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

 
 
That’s  just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already  greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well.  They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying  to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It  will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by  people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians.  (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like  your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)

 
 
6.  We are not SUBJECTS.  (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away). We have tolerated  these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is  no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their  image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health  care.Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables  them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

 
 
I  will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea  Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more  relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be  the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the  larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history  class, we can give them a refresher.

 
 
The  2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your  senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for  us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we  won’t vote for you. Period.”

 
 
Laura  Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the  University of Notre Dame

 

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