Next Sunday is my 51st birthday. I won't be here on that day so I'm "celebrating" a bit early. For the first time in my life I'm scared of my government. That's a first I never wanted to experience.
In every life there is always some uncertainty and insecurities. We can get angry at some of them or we can be depressed or run a gamut of emotions over turmoil.
Jaded says that race relations have not been this bad in decades. Obama was supposed to be a post-racial president. He was also supposed to be a bi-partisan president. In fact, he promised to be a lot of post- somethings. Instead, he went in the opposite direction. Who could have seen that coming? (A lot of people who were deemed racists for saying so.)
It's not racial tensions that have me frightened. Racial tensions ebb and tide and there's a limit to how much rage can be spewed before it dissipates, although it could get bloody before that limit is reached. We've been bloody before and while worrying it does not bring me to full terror.
It's the whole monstrosity of government.There's a segment of the country gnashing their teeth at the Republicans, insulting them with the "Party of No" nom de plume and insulting the people who oppose this complete takeover of the country that signals the death of our Constitution.
Some want that death, yet seem to have little understanding that it is the only thing standing between the government and our civil rights. Given the numbers who want it they may well achieve their goals and that is what scares me.
The federal government is made up of three parts and it seems two of those parts are in collusion to effect that change. The "Party of No", in times past a part of the collusion, at others standing against it, has withdrawn and shed light on what happens in the shadows. It's not pretty and I had not realized that we were so far gone until they did step back.
The other side wants its cover back so they can continue to work in the shadows and resort to bullying to get it. We're called hate-mongers by people who hate us and what we stand for. If we dare question their premise or their statements, we're accused of questioning their patriotism. I used to question their patriotism but not anymore. It's just their patriotism is for something that isn't this country in its original inception but for their own conception of what this country should be.
No, it's the government that has me scared. Laws are permanent things. Once enacted they're rarely repealed. That is why there is the hot and heavy debate over the health care bill. Some of us have actually read it and know more about what is in it than the Congress that purportedly wrote it.
In just the health care bill alone there are mechanisms of control that will be permanent and subdue (if not completely kill them) our civil rights under the Constitution. And there is other legislation coming down the pike that will cement those controls in place. For anyone who has read any part of these upcoming bills, they realize that it is more about control and very little about the thing they're promising to fix. And they'll lie and lie and lie, ad infinitum to achieve their goal which is power and control.
To show you what I mean here's a small list of indignities (their so-called myths):
SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.
22 (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly per
mitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.
In addition, in the early pages of the bill, pg 170, HR3200, it specifies that any nonresident alien is exempt from individual taxes.
What that says to me is that illegal aliens will be provided for under the health care bill. Now, that's to be expected considering what who wants it. The issue is: Why Do They Have to Lie About it?
The pols say abortion isn't covered in the bill but neglect to mention that it's in there by definition pgs. 769-770, HR3200.
The health care bill provides for government sharing of your personal data, including bank records, between departments that have absolutely nothing to do with health care, pg 735, HR3200.
I'll stop there otherwise I'll be here for the next week outlining that bill. However, the pols say these things aren't in there and, yet, here they are. When that doesn't work, they say the bill hasn't been written, yet. So, they lie. Why do they have to lie if it's such a good deal?
Even if you're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because you support Obama or one or another member of Congress, remember what I said: Laws are typically permanent things.
I'm not just scared of my government. I'm terrified.
Crossposted to Hillbilly Politics