>> Thursday, March 25, 2010
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Here I am, talking about health care, already and again... Health is - as most of you know - an important subject to me. It is very dear to my heart, and I want each one of you to know that I want you to be as healthy as you can possibly be. This post is technically in response to some recent conversations I've had. Consider this, if you approve of this new health care law: The founding fathers of this very nation - this nation that has made it possible for us to even argue the merits of such a health care law - would very much have disagreed with this concept. Consider also the following quotes by a few of them:
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson (This is my most favorite quote of all time)
"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the constitution which granted a right to congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents….” - James Madison
"“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." - John Adams
"Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers." - Dr. Benjamin Rush (a signer of the Declaration of Independence)
"That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself" - Abraham Lincoln (not a founding father, of course, but still...)
The list really goes on and on. It's not about caring for your fellow man - one SHOULD do that, absolutely. But forcing another to care for their fellow man is as wrong as stealing from the one being forced. Remember that this country was created for the sake of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" - not "a happy, healthy life".
The proper way of "providing health care" is to stop the government from subsidizing the kinds of foods that make us sick to begin with (have you seen Food, Inc? Did you notice the part where, essentially, the FDA gave America the finger?) and teach everyone the truth: If you eat healthy and exercise regularly, you will not (for example) get type 2 diabetes, gain 60+ pounds, and die of a heart attack. If you eat junk and/or are lazy, you (or worse; your children) will get or inherit a debilitating disease at some point in your life. Frankly, it's more insulting to think that someone can eat McDonald's every day and then assume they have the right to make everyone else pay for their inevitable heart surgery.
Or, to sum it up: Eat right. Exercise. Be free. Be good. Don't steal. Then, because of this, be happy.