As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion. Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors. We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.
I identify with Sarah Palin on so many levels, one of the most significant being a close relation to a human being with Down syndrome, our brother Ralph, who will be celebrating his 50th birthday on October 4. Dismissed by some in the medical profession as a lost cause and a "stigma" to be institutionalized (lest he cause embarrassment for the family, my dad in the process of becoming a surgeon at the time), thanks to parents with a strong moral foundation rooted in the Catholic faith, unconditional love for their child and an unwavering commitment to each other, that "stigma" went on to lead a productive, happy, joyous life. Ralph will always be my hero, as is true of my mother and father, who are both perilously at an age where-- as per this proposed bill -- they'd be required to have "death counseling".
Some like Jake Tapper have chastised Palin for her rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is, the handicapped and the elderly are absolutely imperiled by the Draconian provisions of this bill, more than any other segment of the population. When you have a system driven by cost, rationing is the inevitable result. And the first ones to be denied a medical procedure, diagnostic test, pain medication or live-saving prescription drugs will be those deemed "unproductive" or worse, "undesirable" by government bureaucrats.
At least Palin has the guts to call it for what it is -- evil -- in no uncertain terms. She defiantly cries out, "Hell no!" while other Republican politicians politely say "Slow down, Mr. President." I don't know about you, but I prefer a clear-cut, resounding message. Like all enemies of freedom, the Thug-in-Chief and his band of Democrat and special interest bullies have made it disturbingly obvious they have no use for dissent or dialogue; in other words peasants, to quote the President, "shut up." As far as presidents go, this is certainly a change, just not one I can believe in. I never thought I'd see the day when an American President and a major political party would openly declare themselves the enemy of the American people, but it looks like 1984 has finally arrived, 25 years late.
We've already witnessed SEIU scum beating up tea party protesters. These people will stop at nothing to ram their sinister agenda on this once free and prosperous nation. Now more than ever, we need an army of Sarah's, not a cabal of Chamberlain's. And if that bothers you Jake Tapper, well that's just too damn bad.
Kudos also to Rep. Michele Bachmann, another true leader and patriot: