Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obama Care

DISCLAIMER: Before I start this post, I want to be clear that I am in no way trying to start a debate.  In fact, I'm going to turn off the comments on this post.  I have my opinions, and you have yours.  There is a lot right with this bill, and there are some things that are wrong as well.  However you or I feel about this won't change the fact that it was a historic decision on so many levels.  For that reason, I want to record my thoughts at this moment...

Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama Care Bill that will require all Americans to be have health insurance.  To be perfectly candid with you, I don't really know what a lot of this means.  I don't think any of us really do.  It will years, possibly even decades before we know the true ramifications, be they positive or negative, of this act.

As I write, I feel so ill equipped to even have an opinion on this subject.  After all, a group of elite men and women who have dedicated their entire lives to studying the US Constitution, should know far more about what it legal and what isn't...or do they?

Do they know that forcing small business owners to provide insurance to employees would cripple many and thus threaten the American Dream.

Do they know that that I'll be the first in four generations not to own my own business, not because I am not capable of running it, but because the risk is too great.

Do the honorable judges know that for many this ruling isn't about health care at all?  This ruling gives strong foundation to the threat of big government, the very thing our Founding Fathers warned against.

I also have to wonder about citizens.  Do we truly know what the document signed on July 4th 1776 even says?  Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter." 

Have we ever really read The Declaration Of Independence, The US Constitution, or The Bill Of Rights? In this day and age, a quick google search is the only effort required.

Do we realize that all common sense had been removed from the law?

How many of us actually made it to the polls to vote?

Do we realize that we have rights as citizens to abolish this or any government that is getting too big?

Do we even care?

For me today's ruling wasn't about Heath Care. For me, today was about the threat of an increasingly powerful and possibly dangerous governing body.    Isn't it ironic that nearly 236 years to the day after our Founding Fathers declared independence from a large and oppressive government, we are faced with the same threat. Do we really call that a progressive society?  I think not.