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We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations About Obamacare)

The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

Laura Hollis

 

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

1. The President is not a king
Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! (In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! — is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)

2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy
People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) — IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good for ‘the people.’

And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?

But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)

3. Obama is deceitful
Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.”

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.

4. The media is responsible
And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.

The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact which even the Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, the New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin.
The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.

Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)

6. We are not SUBJECTS (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away) We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.

The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”

Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.

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  1. First I must apologize for WordPress somehow overlaying your prose on part of the top line. It has something to do with some bad CSS, which I’ve been trying to learn how to fix, but I know nothing much about CSS so it’s a pickle!

    Sen McConnell needs to disappear from the scene. I was high on Rand Paul until he ditched his dad at the RNC. Expediency over Principle doesn’t work for me.

    I have oft’ said that voting is not the answer, not after seeing the Dem-Rep monopoly offer up two socialists who got 98% of the vote between them. The ABO crowd jumping on that disastrous bandwagon bodes fatal ill. It’s a darn shame that we have only the coming Great Collapse to save us!

    1. Okay, changing themes fixed the above. We’ve also built a new header, and ditched AddThis while trying Sharaholic. The overwrites in comments are gone at last.

  2. Dean,
    Voting statistics I quoted are for Registered Voters 37% of which did not vote in 2008 and 38% in 2012.

    It’s long past time to expose the Lie, that a majority of the people support the policies of this or any other administration.

    I cringe every time I hear the President talk about our “Democracy”. If it was a true Democracy it would take over 50% of the Registered voters to all vote together, in order for someone to be elected, not 33%, but again the Media reports about how the President received 51% of the vote, and make it sound like he was elected by a landslide.

    Local elections are even worse, but the People blindly accept what the Media reports. Just imagine what would happen if an election was declared invalid because the Candidates did not receive enough votes.

    In Congress if they can’t get enough votes a piece of legislation dies, but when it comes to electing our Representatives, it only takes a Majority of those that actually show up and vote.

    Where do you draw the line?

    If only 20% vote it would only take 10% plus 1 to win, would that still be a valid election?

    1. While yes, I see your point, we’re in WAY too big a mess to fuss around with voting we cannot fix. It has taken since 1779 to get into this dilemma, and I see no way out except by hitting Reverse for equally long. Our country is already lost to collectivism and debt, and the sick progressive mentality is fully in control.

      We have more windmills than we can possibly tilt! At the bottom of our header shows several pages everyone should read. How about this for starters?

      http://web.archive.org/web/20161102085104/http://noruler.net/essence/

  3. Randy, “Can you tell me where we have an outlet that will actually report the truth?”

    Most of the MSM merely publishes stuff from the AP, which often has a buried a leftist slant.

    I have several subcriptions to receive email notices. Even so, it behooves us all to examine for truth, but the right sources certainly help..
    Online subscriptions for news and comment
    The Washington Times seems a better news source than most.
    I trust lewrockwell.com and mises.org, and has some solid authors.
    ActivistPost brings in quite a lot comment on recent stuff, a bit out over the edge.
    Natural News is about way more than fish oil!
    American Thinker is very good
    Articles from any of those are worth reposting and discussion.

    1. I also receive News from a lot of alternate sources.

      I guess what I really mean is how do we get honest reporting on the fact that the Country is being run by a Minority of the Population. Where do you ever see reported the Fact that it is only about 33% of the Registered voters that are determining the outcome of elections?

      I hear lots of people claiming that we are a Democracy, but if we were, wouldn’t that mean that for an election to be valid, the person elected should have received over 50% of the vote?

      Same thing holds true for a Republic, which is what we are supposed to be.

      I don’t ever remember seeing anywhere any media pointing out the fact that a Minority is determining virtually every election.

      I wonder what it would cost to have a full page ad taken out to do so.

      1. I would question your “minority of the population”, in that the “population” includes many who can’t vote, as in non-citizens (both long-term visitors and those now infamous illegal aliens, minors, illegal and felons. ‘Tis majority (of voters) who rule. The main thing (of many) which would serve to correct this would be runoff voting, which should remove concerns about wasting one’s vote by not voting for the now-socialist picks of the Dem-Rep Monopoly. But we can’t expect those who rule to change the rules which give them the power!

  4. Excellent Article.

    What we need is to wake people up, and make them realize that every Politician from the President on down to you City Counsel members are Representatives, NOT leaders.

    People need to understand that the Constitution was meant to Limit the Government not allow them to run your life.

    Outright Lies and Distortions, supported by the Media, need to be exposed for what they are.

    Can you tell me where we have an outlet that will actually report the truth?

    1. I like Lucianne.com. There articles are posted and discussed. It is a conservative site.
      The Washington Times is a conservative newspaper. And I love americanthinker.com. And townhall.com is good.

      Actually, there have been so many lies floating around, so much hyperbole, so much misdirection that one probably needs to read both sides, then use logic to determine which is true because our interactions re news have been so totally subverted as to be useless.

  5. Welcome aboard, and thanks for a good comment.

    We definitely agree on this. The next step is what and how we take action to bend the curve. Our ways of resistance are few, and becoming fewer. Without action all our blog-talk finds agreement but without action it comes to nothing.

    This is why I’m seeking to do more here on No-Ruler and drop the games we play at Sodahead!

  6. First, liberal and progressive are words perverted and debased by the lefts use of them to disguise their agenda.

    Who or what were the ancestors of the political left? I see two components, those who want to dictate and those who want to be dictated to. The first are the blue bloods the royalty who have always wanted the peasants as property. The latter are those who like being told what, were and when to do IE they like being property.

    The blue bloods, seeing themselves loosing their power in the nineteenth century, adopted communism where there are a few bosses at the top with everyone else as slaves to the state. That way the elites could regain the way of life they were accustomed to.

    The first decades of the twentieth century saw many people becoming aware of the agenda of the self anointed elite and not liking that agenda. To hide what they were doing and planning the self anointed sought a new label. Adopting the word progressive and a little later adding liberal as the definitions are diametrically opposed to their regressive agenda.

    That began the perversion and debasement of the words progressive and liberal.

    Finally, Yes the philosophy of those self anointed elite has been very destructive to this nation and continues to be so.

    1. I totally agree with your comment about changing the language. I’ve noticed that the political left is good at changing the meanings of words and finding words they can use instead of the best descriptor. You noted that when socialism becomes a bad word, they revert to being liberals. When that label gets tarnished, they simply begin calling themselves progressives. And, yes, I totally agree with you about the term “progressive” being used to describe a regressive agenda would be funny were it not so insidious and harmful. They’ve done the same thing to the US Constitution, tying knots in it to make it mean what they want it to mean – and no effective voices putting a stop to the violent rape of the document.

      The socialists saw they could come out of the closet when Obama was elected, or so I believe, and they did it immediately and with a vengeance, as though they have to get everything done during his tenure. Perhaps they aren’t seeing what I believe will happen – that he will never peacefully leave the Oval Office. Why should he? He does everything he wants without even getting a reprimand. Eric Holder protects him from all the mean old laws and the mean old Constitution. Both belong in a federal prison in my view.

  7. It needs to be spread far and wide! I assume that this posted on Townhall is her original article

    After seeing the results of vote 2012, when the Dem-Rep Monopoly offered America only the pair of socialists Romney and Obama, and 98% of the voters showed their acceptance of collectivist tyranny, our America is clearly Over.

    Thus my only criticism of this is the conclusion, but only because Voting is not the answer. This Government of Force must go! Unless a massive resistance movement appears soon, the irrational postulation that our natural Rights to Life and Liberty is somehow inferior to the “greater good”. Darwin would be so pissed.

    We are without much way of resisting, although we see some talk. This government of Force is on the path to destroying mankind. We had better hope that the Great Collapse arrives soon, so that we might ReStart with true Liberty.

    1. I still see voting as the only viable option. The only other way to rid ourselves of an oppressive Government is an armed Revolution.
      What will we wind up with then?
      Can you Guarantee that the Government formed afterward would be any better than what we have now?
      There will always be some form of Government, the real question then becomes where do we draw the line between a Fair Government and an Oppressive one.

      The Constitution was a good attempt to establish one, but the people have ignored it for so long now that to most it is irrelevant.

      The major Problem I see is that not enough people realize that the Country is being lead by people elected by a Minority of the Registered Voters.

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