My congressman is Jim Moran, and it’s going to be hard to unseat him in Virginia’s 8th CD. Let’s put it this way: the 8th looks more like San Francisco or the Upper West Side of Manhattan than Virginia. It is not, as I tell folks, part of the “real Virginia.”
Let me put it differently: if James Madison were to seek public approval of his then-radical bill of rights in the 8th CD as it now exists, he’d never have gotten it out of committee because it places too many limits on big government.
Madison understood that rights are inherent in individuals. Rights are not given to the people by the government; just the opposite. But Jim Moran, I am certain, believes the opposite. At least he never met a big-spending, deficit-creating entitlement he didn’t love. The point is that the health care monster is just the government, padding in on cat’s feet, with the best of (stated) intentions. The goal? Call it socialized medicine, but whatever it is called, it substitutes the government for the individual. And we will all pay.
Here’s part of Moran’s stock reply on health care “reform:”
One-third of those without insurance today have jobs, yet still lack access to health insurance
Fascinating. I always thought that “access” meant just that. And, if you have a job, you can pay for some kind of insurance. You are not forbidden from doing so.
Moran’s gripe is really that it costs too much for some, and the government is the best arbiter of who should be compensated. But it’s surely not a question of “access.” For Moran and other liberal Democrats, which is to say the Dem leadership and most Dem members of Congress, it’s best if we come under the government’s yoke. After all, it is the government, according to liberals, that knows best.
If you believe this, let me know how your next visit to the DMV goes. Or, for that matter, check the fiscal bleeding of the USPS, another government monopoly-by-law. But, aside from costs and deficits, both guaranteed to skyrocket under ObamaCare, there is the incursion on our liberty: you will buy insurance, or we, the G, will find you, fine you, and jail you if you don’t comply.
I’m left with this quotation from Mr Madison, who seems to have captured the health care debate in terms of liberty:
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
This is the true threat.