Some thoughts

23 03 2010

I’m actually kind of glad I didn’t immediately draft some rant about the passage of the so-called health care reform bill Sunday night.  It’s given me some time to think things over.

My first thought would have been to write something along the lines of “Revolution!  Etc.  Etc.”  But I can’t afford to be on any more federal watch lists; it might cost me my health care coverage some day.  Besides, with the cost of ammo these days…

Does this piss you off? Good, it should. Use the energy for something productive.

Seriously, though, violence won’t solve this.  And I have no faith in the Supreme Court somehow deeming Obamacare unconstitutional.  True, an individual mandate means that there effectively no limits to federal power over our lives, but that should have been fairly apparent anyway.

Repeal might be viable…if Republicans can figure out what their message is, keep the populace fired up, and come up with a real alternative.  Paul Ryan has done a pretty good job of creating solutions with his Roadmap; even so, I’m not sure how much damage will be done if it takes a year to push back legislatively.  There are a lot of potentially damaging quirks contained within the text of Obamacare that will go into effect immediately.

So even repeal is a longshot.  But damn it, nothing bothers me more than people who claim that voters are too stupid to change, or that we’re already screwed and we should just lay down in front of the oncoming train.  You all make me sick—that attitude is more disheartening than the fact the bill passed in the first place.

I’ve said this before:  I’m 21.  I’m not stupid enough to believe that the government is here to help.  I’m not the only one who lacks the blissful naiveté of so many of my young, retarded  peers who actually think this is going to save them money in the long run.  I’m not willing to let the federal government crush my Norman Rockwellian American Dream.

I don't deserve a big house in the country, but I deserve the right to earn it.

It may be harder to succeed in this country after this “reform” goes into effect—I think that’s a feature, not a bug.  Notice that Madame Pelosi was quick and eager to point out that free!  free!  free! heath care would enable individuals to pursue their creative dreams, shunning productive jobs and becoming artists or writers instead.

That statement was laughable on the surface, but troubling if you think about it: why didn’t she suggest that universal health care would enable people to start businesses and become self-sufficient?  Because there are very few starving successful business owners, and self-sufficient, individuals don’t need the pitiful table scraps that Pelosi is gracious enough to toss their way.

This is kind of cool, actually, because being successful at whatever I end up doing won’t just be nice because I’ll be able to track down that Maserati 3500 GT—it’s also an act of defiance against the fun-hating, success-hating husks of human beings in Washington.

This is not the time for defeatism.  For God’s sake, don’t accept anything in this country as an inevitability.  That false sense of inevitability is exactly what the left counts on to advance their agenda.  Use the progressives’ idiotic mantra against them: yes, the Constitution is a living, changing document, and it can be changed to affirm liberty instead of encroaching on it.

Oh, and if all else fails?  We’re out of money.  It’s kind of hard to expand a welfare state when your credit card has been revoked (or will be revoked shortly).  Sure, they can raise taxes, for a while—but we’re in so deep, that ain’t gonna help much.

So think happy thoughts!

Edit:  I’m not for giving “our” representatives carte blanche to modify the Constitution—they don’t exactly have the best track record of keeping government small.  But I do think that we can use Constitutional process to shift the powers of government back towards where they were intended to be.

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