I telephoned Senator Lieberman's office today, and urged him to hang tough on health care, and to also support Senator Ben Nelson's protest against taxpayer subsidies for abortion. As a Connecticut resident, I urge my neighbors in this state to do likewise, and the same goes for anyone else who can afford the phone call.
Doubtless there are many things that can be done to improve health care in this country, but there are just as many things that can make it worse. At a time like this, some wisdom from our country's founders may be in order. Here's some wisdom from Ben Franklin, circa 1753:
To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike; but if we provide encouragement for laziness, and support for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance? Whenever we attempt to amend the scheme of Providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we had need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good. In New England they once thought blackbirds useless, and mischievous to the corn. They made efforts to destroy them. The consequence was, the blackbirds were diminished; but a kind of worm, which devoured their grass, and which the blackbirds used to feed on, increased prodigiously; then, finding their loss in grass much greater than their saving in corn, they wished again for their blackbirds.
Franklin went on to say a lot more on this subject, and you can read it here. And then there's the idea of taxpayer funding for abortion. Perhaps such a proposal should come as no surpise, given that American citizens have been forced over the past four decades (by well-intentioned but deeply misguided federal judges), to permit abortion on demand in this country, despite this country's alleged status as a "democracy" and a supporter of "human rights" and "constitutional government." Of course, the founders of this country opposed taxpayer funding of abortion, and opposed even private funding of abortion; here's what James Wilson (a lesser-known participant in the Constitutional Convention) said about it:
With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and, in some cases, from every degree of danger.
I fully support those words of James Wilson, and if present-day politicians like Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson can breathe some new life into those words, then all I can say is: thank you.