In a Townhall.com article written by Thomas Sowell, a particular point he made regarding the health care debate stood out to me and reminded me of something I remember hearing President Ronald Reagan say in one of his early speeches. First Mr. Sowell writes:
"But where are Americans to turn if we become like Canada? Where are we to go when we need better medical treatment than Washington bureaucrats will let us have? Mexico? The Caribbean?"President Reagan made the same point in his historical speech he gave for Barry Goldwater when he ran for president, the speech was called "A Time For Choosing", in it he states:
"Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, "We don't know how lucky we are." And the Cuban stopped and said, "How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to." In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to."Folks, I agree with both points here, we have to stop and really think about what we are losing each and every time we ask "big brother" to solve our problems. Something I've come to realize about government involvement in anything other than what it was established to do is this, whenever we want the government to provide us something, they first MUST take it from us in order to give less of it back to us. Whatever it is we have received from our government is far, far less than what we could have had we done it ourselves. Many of us Americans seem to forget that we are a great and truly free country, a model for the rest of the world. People from all over the world flock here for freedom. Many of them make great sacrifices, risking life and limb, just to get into this country and to live free. This includes those nations who already have government controlled health care systems, Canada and other nations come to the U.S. to receive cutting edge medical attention, that they do not and cannot get in their own countries Not because we are smarter, more talented, or are better people, but because we are a free nation. Our medical system is not too far gone where it is stifled by government bureaucracy.
Lets remember these words spoken by to very wise men both past and present, we have to consider that if we continue to give up our freedoms we will reach a point where we will have no where else to turn to . If this health care bill passes, I have no doubt it will be a complete disaster and the truly sad part is that we will not be able to reverse this decision once it is implemented. I think as citizens we tend to forget that the government as an entity, is not here to take care of us. They are not motivated by love to do good things for us as a people. The government's goal is and always will be to simply manage us. The only way to truly manage anyone or anything is to develop ways to control it. This health care reform bill is no such thing, it is neither about health, nor is it about caring, it is merely about control.
I think right now in our great history we are at an impasse. We have reached that fork in the road where we have to choose. The stimulus package, health care reform, the cap and trade bill, etc. are all indicative of where we are headed, and the future is not looking to bright. One road looks dark and dim for us as a country and down the other there is light. Right now it looks as if we are choosing the darker road. There is hope though, I've seen glimpses of hope in these televised townhall meetings that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. I've seen hope in the tea parties taking place all over the country since President Obama took office, and I see hope in those who choose to speak up on the issues and actually get a little mad about them.
Lets not let up, get mad, then speak up to those who are making these choices for us, those who we have allowed to serve us. Lets take back our freedoms one policy at a time.