It’s Time to Pay Attention

The following article is based on a speech given by Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction . . .” – Ronald Reagan

For the first time in the history of our country, over half of the states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government regarding the constitutionality of the new Healthcare Reform Bill.  The focus of the lawsuits is the authority for government to mandate the purchasing of a private product to its citizens.  Ultimately, the decision will be made by the Supreme Court and the unintended consequences of that decision will be more far reaching then most people realize.  And that just might be the problem – nobody even knows that their freedoms and way of life are in jeopardy.

When being attacked personally, we tend to fight pretty well.  But when the attacks sneak up on us, it can be too late.  If there was ever any question regarding our national media – its inability to properly communicate and how it is controlled by the Government – we are witnessing it right now with respect to the case of Virginia vs. Federal Government.

Case In Point

Did you know that Virginia won its case regarding the healthcare initiative that mandates you MUST purchase private healthcare insurance?  That’s correct.  A Federal judge ruled that the Obama Care mandate is unconstitutional.  The case is heading for appeals court and then to the Supreme Court.

If you don’t believe in the “slow-cooked frog syndrome” you have to now.  Over 200 years ago, we boycotted the British government by not buying British goods.  King George III in dismay was told by his own lawyers that under British law the boycott was legal and that the King “could not force the people to buy goods.” Our Constitution was written to protect these exact individual rights and today we have a Congress and President that believe they not only have the power to force you to “buy” but that they can levy a tax penalty if you don’t.

This is not an argument over healthcare – this is about FREEDOM.

What’s At Stake?

If the federal government wins this legal battle, they will have the power to tax you for activities that you do or don’t do and can force buying decisions on you for any product or service.  Most people have no knowledge or just shrug off the seriousness of the pending decision, naively thinking, “The Government will never do that.”  We need to wake up because once you give the power, taking it back is virtually impossible – just examine the case for income tax (the problem with power is its addictive nature).  The government will continue to provide more services, while on the backside taxing us more and more for each of the controlling decisions they make on your life.

Democracy fails because people grow tired of being responsible for their own actions and situations.  And if, like the frog, this happens in slow incremental degrees, we accept it.

Over the past few decades we have accelerated the creation of laws and bureaucracies to the point where the government is:

1) the largest employer in our economy;

2) taking ownership of our college graduates through tuition debt;

3) continuing to tax our incomes; and

4) mandating that we buy certain products and taxing us for not doing it.

Who Will Suffer?

The rich will not be hurt by this new government founded on socialist principles because they have the finances to protect themselves, the middle class will be wiped out and the poor will be condemned to poverty.

We can thank history for teaching us these lessons.  The question becomes: Do we have the wisdom to act before the crisis becomes a reality?  We may already be too late.  The decision of your personal rights and freedoms is no longer in YOUR control; it is now left in the hands of the judicial system.

We no longer need Democrats or Republicans; we need principled people of character that understand the philosophy of cooperation where “it’s not about whom is right; it’s about what is right.”

The rest of Ronald Reagan’s quote is: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We did not pass freedom to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset telling our children and children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”