Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Health Care Fiasco

We watched the Blair House summit until our teeth went to sleep. Well concealed in the 60,000 words expended (a verified number) was the actual purpose of the event. Many naïve viewers believed it was to offer a superior product in the healing arts to millions of Americans who now lack any assurance of care. Others saw it as an attempt to project one side or the other as the protectors of the poor, downtrodden, and disenfranchised citizens who lack care. Still more realized that it was little more than an opportunity for yet more posturing by politicians.

While they discussed the issues in terms of health care, one rarely heard mention in the room of the real villain. Nearly to a man, they ignored the substantial issue at the root: federal government control of our nation’s health care. This is the issue which was truly under debate.

My desk copy of the U.S. Constitution is dog-eared and worn to a frazzle. It is often difficult to locate among the phone bills, pencils, calculators, magazines, cell phones, post notes, maps and other junk which clutters the area because it is a very small document. It is there somewhere because I just checked it to find some Article which covers an issue of current interest. Perhaps you can help me here. Locate yours and reveal just which part of the document covers health care for every citizen. That would be the same proposal which occupied the space in front of Paul Ryan (R-WI), conspicuous by its immense (2400 pages!) size, as he was ridiculed by the president.

Ah, I found it! Let’s see here, Article X., states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

“The powers”—“are preserved”—“to the people” are the key words in this article in my opinion—and apparently in the opinion of the founders. These are the words so often ignored by the president and our representatives in their headlong effort to dismiss our constitution. “To the people” has been replaced by “domination of the people.”

To ignore the will of the people is to ignore the intention of the framers of that sacred document. This morning, the president was strongly disapproved of by 42% of the people. In terms of simple disapproval the figure was 55%. His strong approval was at 22%, leaving a gap of -21 and simple approval was 43% with a margin of -12. For those who do not follow the results of the Rasmussen polls of likely voters, this represents the absolute lowest poll numbers in the president’s short history in both categories.

Mr. President, the people disagree with you!

On January 21st in 2009, upon your inauguration, you enjoyed the support of 65% of the citizenry. A mere 16% strongly disagreed with your policies and programs. That statistical advantage has been squandered by your arrogant usurpation of federal power in spite of citizen objection and has become an obvious desire to destroy the country. What began as an exercise in racial parity has now descended to the level of treasonous intent. The issue has nothing to do with a ruptured appendix or a life ending cancer. It is simply a matter of whose country the United States is; the people’s or the 535 career politicians who “run” it; which of course would include you.

Our ancestors, fathers, brothers and sisters, both past and present, have paid with their lives to insure the principals outlined in our Constitution. Today’s young men and women also struggle to bring freedom and legitimate governance to oppressed peoples in dark corners of the world. They were the “people” whose rights you would so cavalierly trample. The strength of this nation has been constructed upon their sacrifice and they have the constitutionally guaranteed right to be heard.

The conclusion is that we must recognize that nearly everything which comes before the powerful in Washington needs to be reassessed as to its compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the will of the people. They fight the wars, pay the taxes, maintain the infrastructure, provide the commerce, provide the food and shelter, and pray to Almighty God for the success of the nation. Hear them!

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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