LOST: The Greatest Right of All, The Right to Say “No”
Enough of the numbers crunching. Enough of the blue pencils.
From the beginning, a year ago, most of us (conservatives) saw the Health Care bill proposals being leaked from Congress for what they were; a massive assault on the Constitution and the whole notion of individual liberty. The pages of RedState are filled, from summer ’09 on, long before I hung out my shingle here, with calls to arms about “Liberty!, Freedom! The Constitution!”… while the media and the GOP fell in line to discuss the numbers; add to deficit or reduce the deficit?, raise taxes or lower them? Improve medical care or lessen it? They looked a the Constitution as if it were an omelet, wondering only whether to add onions or green peppers.
But while they debated, Obama used the complicit media to speak only to his team…their plantation poor who ain’t going nowhere, nohow, the unions, the government workers, the bureaucrats, the political elites, the illegals, the young and the useless…none of whom ever created a dollar and made it multiply, and some of whom never had a job or paid a tax. And here in these safe surrounding, he lies, with lies that are shared by everyone in the room, for they all do indeed benefit from this new health care plan.
He talks at the rest of us. And yes, somewhat downward, but that’s the least of his sins.
Obama the Prince of Fools, and America, the confederacy of Fools
The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.- Anonymous
This is what we often refer to as “after the politics”
From the beginning of my tenure at RedState we have seen several diaries and front page pieces here asking why the Republicans in the Senate (actually the House as well) either can’t see the Liberty/constitution-dimension to this bill, versus the raw numbers and the myriad of contradictions, such as death panels, or feel uneasy speaking of liberty and the Constitution in loving terms. Last year, on another site, I asked this question, “Why can’t Republicans get all warm and fuzzy about the Constitution?”
Well, if we are to win and repeal, and then move onto that “after the politics” arena of saving the culture, we have to bring more people into our camp than just the lingering Republicans out there. We have to find all those “liberty buttons” that virtually every man and woman still have, and go to all the places they reside, places we really don’t like to be seen…then push those buttons.
If Paul Ryan can get lit up and eat Obama’s lunch over hidden provisions in the bill that don’t square with his public utterances, imagine what he can do with a list of the “penumbra of lost rights” that emanate from this single law.
And that first right is the right to say “No” to the state. This transcends health care. This transcends morality. This transcends legality. This is tyranny on the hoof. Not “in being”, not “in the oven” but fully matured tyranny. It is also now the law of the land; if Congress wants, it can deny us the right to say “no” on ANYTHING. EVERYTHING. The rest is mere administration, as Stalin would say.
And speaking of “in being”, no longer being able to say “No” also negates many “Yesses” in a life of freedom, such as saying yes to an abortion, as a matter of “choice”. ladies. The state now can mandate abortions as they do in China, and have all the facts and figures and bureaucracies in place to do it. Just because they haven’t in the first two weeks doesn’t mean they can’t, or won’t. For certain they will. Now it’s only a matter of when. They don’t even have to pass new laws, only regulations behind a veil of bureaucracy. And when they do your “chosen Yes” goes up in smoke.
That’s right, Congressman Ryan (my son was classmate and slight friend of his in college), when the state orders a woman to have an abortion, denying her the “right of no” she used to have, it also completely wipes away the “yes” of those who always thought they had a choice, only now they don’t. Think about it, gals. When you put into the hands of a pro-abortion apparatus to guarantee your “choice” to postpone those ugly stretchmarks until you’d finally made partner in the firm, your should have known your choice would eventually disappear. Now it’s gone, and the countdown has begun to when it will be reversed.
I appreciate the growing clamor from Congress about “repeal”, but it must now be tied to these fundamental lost rights. Boehner and Ryan, Coburn and DeMint all have staffs who are more clever than I am, and they could come up with a list of lost rights that would take Martin Luther two extra nails if he hammered them onto the door of a church.
But hammer them you must, into every sound byte, every public comment, every speech on the floor, and into every dense head at Harvard, every Mom at the lottery line at 7-11, and every Bubba gassing up his bass boat.
What part of no more “no’s” do you not understand? The power to deny you that “no” is now universal. From this day forward, it is simply a matter of who the alligator eats first.