"During a town hall meeting at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said [to a high school teacher] there is 'no place in the Constitution' that mentions health care or education, or even gives individuals the right to own a telephone," reports CNSNews.com.
"Warner also indicated that the high school government teacher was perhaps suggesting that government-run Medicare and Medicaid should be dissolved," says CNSNews.
Then, quoting Warner, this:
So I take, I take by your question, I take by your question , I take by your question that you would get rid of Medicare and Medicaid? . . . Or would you, are you, let me make sure I understand, you’re advocating doing away with Medicare, right? Because that’s a government program. I just want to make clear that you are suggesting doing away with Medicare.
This smacks of scare tactics. This is a senator trying to scare people into accepting un-Constitutional tyranny because some in America have gotten used to some of the benefits of big government -- benefits which clearly are temporary (watch what happens when the money runs out) and bait for tyranny (watch what happens when all matters of health are subject to government rationing, bureaucratic impositions, and political calculations).
The senator seems to suggest that America is too far down the path of Big Government to correct course and push instead for positive change based on Constitutional content and Declarational norms.
But he is wrong. We are human beings created in the image of God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights." We are not locked inside or limited by the machine, the system, the establishment, or the confines of any federal closet.
Here are three additional points:
First, two wrongs do not make a right. And 138 Constitutional wrongs do not make a right, either. Just because America made a wrong turn years ago, it does not follow that we cannot retrace our steps, locate the proper direction, and get back on track. That is, if the destination is freedom, and our cause is that of liberty.
Second, real reform means addressing the challenge at the crucial point -- and the crucial point governmentally is the abandonment of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by political elites headquartered in Washington, D.C. The status quo of an imposed federal hegemony is unacceptable.
The issue is not: We can have healthcare reform "if it is paid for," for that opens the door to any kind of federal encroachment as long as the money is there (or can be made to appear to be there).
Understand: For tyrants or pretend "messiahs" who want total control, no price is too high to achieve their goals. But for those who prefer neither black or white, red or yellow at the slave auction, no price is worth it to sell our liberty, forfeit our souls, and abuse our posterity.
Third, the senator misses a more germaine question, for those who prefer a humane and dignified liberty over an inhumane and belittling tyranny, namely:
A) Are Americans better off with healthcare overhauled and run by politicians? Or
B) Are Americans better off with politicians and government overhauled by the norms and content of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights?
Our Founding Fathers chose the path of liberty. Their children know what to do.
We Americans have seen this before. We have seen the smiling faces, but also the sharp teeth.
We have refused the bait and faced down tyranny before. And with a "firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence," we can do so again.