Not that there's been any clamoring for me to follow up on yesterday's healthcare reform commentary, but here's the follow up anyway:
1. I don't like the healthcare reform package. It's a mandate to buy a product which will strengthen an industry without fixing the reason costs are spiraling as it is. HOWEVER:
I. This is not the end of American Liberty as we know it. I think it's too far, but we already have: government run retirement called Social Security; government run schools; government run medical for seniors and the poor; government run food programs; government operated disability insurance. All of these take from some, many, or all and redistribute. All of these have already begun the shift to a socialized country. Each of these creates two classes: those dependent on the government system and those wealthy enough to do whatever they please. This is just another in a long slide towards a socialized economy.
II. This is not the end of freedom of religion in America. A few comments on this: your tax money already subsidizes abortion. It's true. Else how did a girl I knew in high school have an abortion at an Arkansas Health Department Clinic? (At least that's where she stated it was). That there is an accounting trick to ease our consciences doesn't matter. It's still being done. Also, government is already involved in pushing back against any religion it dislikes. That's why terrorists are just terrorists but recent ATF raids were on the "Christian Militia."
And even if this does cause the government to finally lock down on freedom of religion, what of it? Are Christians free in China, where the church is growing? Are Christians free in Iran or Pakistan where, again, the church is growing? Has anyone heard the Nigerian Baptists calling for a Great Commission Resurgence between being slaughtered by the Muslims there? Or is the church growing there anyway?
III. This is not evidence that President Barrack Hussein Obama is the Anti-Christ. An anti-Christ? Perhaps. The Big One? No. When you get someone that both the Israelis and the Arabs like, then you'll be on to something. He's a President leading America in the same direction as FDR, LBJ, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton did. Let's not idolize FDR, folks. He was effective as a wartime President, and his programs helped a lot of folks in the Depression, but did he protect free markets and small government? Nope. He's another big government tax and spend liberal. Nothing great or greater about him. Whether he's 1-term or 2 will show how Americans really feel. If it's 2, then we're in trouble.
Now, I've expressed reluctance before at the "repeal it" response, but I'm going to waffle back on that. Repeal it, fine, if you've got a better, more sensible plan. Not just to put us back where we were going, but something. And make sure it includes tort reform.