Our nation was shamed on Monday. Most of us probably didn’t hear Barack Obama’s speech but if you felt a little uncomfortable as you went about your routine, make no mistake. That feeling was shame for giving up a little more of the freedom we took for granted.
The president’s Rose Garden appearance sought to turn Healthcare.gov, the government’s newest technology boondoggle, into a popularity contest:
And the number of people who have visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems.1
The president reminded us that Obamacare could free us from “pervasive fear”2 over disaster from an uninsured health problem, but never mentioned the ethics of spreading fear or using carrot or stick coercion to encourage our dependence on big government for health care.
Slaves to fear don’t need freedom, liberty, or firearms.
The White House fear campaign covers most of the Democratic Party’s favorite issues. Democrats have sensationalized gun violence while trying to trade freedom and liberty for security. Some of the loudest congressional voices forget that much of the problem is not nationwide, but resides in the backyards their policies helped create (see: Would King Be Proud of Chicago’s Safe Passage to School?).
The president encourages us to choose officials who will limit freedom by regulating our actions:
So to change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you’ve got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength, and it requires persistence.3
Of course, if you don’t have any money you won’t be purchasing anything.
Life in America is dangerous unless you are dependent.
The Obama administration has never been shy about reminding us of the pitfalls of life in America. Getting older can make us fear for our financial well-being, but if we accept dependence on Social Security we are guaranteed a dignified retirement and even an income by the grace of the government:
President Obama believes that all seniors should be able to retire with dignity, not just a privileged few. And, he believes that all Americans deserve to know that, if they become disabled or if they lose the breadwinner in the family, Social Security will be there to protect them.4
There are better ways to fund retirement than letting the government decide how much of what it removes from your paycheck will go back into your Social Security pension. Despite the wisdom of investing, fear helped the White House convince many Americans that we needed to be protected from Wall Street greed and the risk of taking responsibility for our own future, as if relying on a failing big government entitlement was a safer bet. Naysayers to financial reform were vilified:
Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to stop Republicans in Congress from fighting these reforms. Backed by an army of financial industry lobbyists, they’ve been waging an all-out battle to delay, defund and dismantle these new rules.5
For those not working there are no Social Security contributions and unemployment is disastrous in its own right. Apparently, enforcing big government spending cuts is also dangerous if you need Uncle Sam to rescue you from an employment emergency, something the newest jobs report revealed is still an issue for over four million people.
People receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits would see their benefits cut by as much as 9.4 percent. Affected long-term unemployed individuals would lose an average of more than $400 in benefits that they and their families count on while they search for another job.6
Anyone who disagrees with the White House is our enemy.
What does Obama’s flock need to be protected from more than anything else in a dangerous country where hapless innocents walk through a minefield laid by conservatives? They need to be saved from anyone who doesn’t endorse what the White House wants us to believe.
When it comes to dependence on a government controlled health care system, did we need to limit our freedom to choose for the sake of 15% of the country? The president assures us that the government health care train will keep “running at full steam”7 even though 85% of Americans already have what they need:
For the vast majority of Americans — for 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance through your employer or Medicare or Medicaid -– you don’t need to sign up for coverage through a website at all. You’ve already got coverage.8
Well, we have coverage now. It remains to be seen whether we will have the freedom to keep it.