"You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.
"I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy."
Freedom lovers might enjoy reading the remainder of Ms Paglia's article: Obama's healthcare horror
Strangely, in her article Camille Paglia calls herself a libertarian. Is this becoming the new fad among leftist intellectuals? Will government worshippers start re-labeling themselves as libertarians even though they ultimately favor forcing government solutions on people? Will the label "libertarian" be hijacked like the long-ago redefined labels "liberal" and "progressive?"
Or is Camille Paglia in the early stages of transitioning to becoming truly libertarian, beginning to see the light in some areas but still unable to see truly clearly through the murky cloud of Marxist smog polluting the atmosphere like thick factory smoke around the university professors she hangs with?
Paglia still favors framing her discussion in terms of class differences. Choke! She cannot see that classes are imaginary constructs and there really are only individuals. In her article, she writes: "In general, middle-class children today are more closely supervised at pools because the family can afford to have a non-working parent at home -- a luxury that working-class kids rarely have." She cannot see that her beloved working-class people in the old days always had a non-working parent at home ... but that was before oppressive government taxation and government-caused inflation forced both parents to find work and leave children unsupervised.
In her article, Paglia shows that she has opened her eyes to a tiny squint and is beginning to see the immorality of the left. She writes, "The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable 'casual conversations' to the White House." What she cannot yet see is the left was never moral in the first place. There is nothing ethical about desiring to institute Utopian programs by government force. It is morally wrong to want to rob from rich people who have produced goods and services, and redistribute wealth to those who have not chosen to be producers.
So we say to Ms. Paglia, don't stop at opening your eyes just enough to see a glimmer of light. Go all the way. Go the distance. See the real cause of society's problems and the real solution. Become a real libertarian.
In the meantime, libertarians have been handed an issue from heaven: the attempt to force government health care on everyone. Will they ride this issue to the top? Or will they continue to blindly content themselves with low percentage issues?
If you are just waking up to your innate libertarian side and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of Obama's religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
For the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles
For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism
“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)
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