By Alan Burkhart
The clock is ticking down toward Zero Hour in the Great American Health Care Debate. With almost every public opinion poll in the country showing a heavy bias against the left's so-called health care reform, the Democrat party continues to forge ahead with a legislative monstrosity certain to finish breaking the US economy.
At this point, Obama, Pelosi and Reid have shown a willingness to circumvent every rule, payoff who they must, and gleefully lie to everyone within earshot to attain the leftist nirvana of government-run health care. And they will succeed, at least in the short term. I'd love to be wrong, but I truly fear this bill will land on President Obama's desk.
My friends, what I am about to say is not something I say lightly. I am a believer in the rule of law and the benefits of a peaceful and orderly society. But we are faced with an unprecedented violation of the core principles set down by our Founding Fathers. By pushing through this vile, costly and completely unconstitutional legislation our government will have stepped too far over the line. If this legislation passes, the time will have come for the American people to stare our government in its impudent face and simply say, "No."
As of this writing two states have passed legislation to deny the federal government the ability to inflict its punitive and costly health care agenda upon them. Thirty-five other states are seriously considering similar measures. But that is not enough. That still leaves matters in the hands of politicians. Americans must speak with one voice and refuse to be bullied. The legislation is questionable at best, criminal at worst. There is therefore no reason why any of us should allow ourselves to be subjected to it. The federal government must be reminded that they are our employees, fully answerable to the people and the Constitution they supposedly defend.
Imagine for a moment if a significant majority of individuals and businesses simply said, "No." Imagine doctors and hospitals refusing to jump on the band wagon and continuing with business as usual. Imagine employers all around America refusing to pay penalties or to alter their employees' coverage. Imagine the frustration of the left when they realize that their collectivist pipe dream, after so much blood, sweat, and bribery, was summarily shrugged off by the American people. How comical would it be to watch Harry Reid stomping his tiny feet in impotent rage on the sidewalk in front of the Capitol while better people ignored him for the insignificant little man he truly is.
Our government governs only by consent of the governed. It's past time we revoked that consent and showed President Obama and Company their proper place in the greater scheme of America. They cannot arrest an entire nation (especially if most law enforcement ignores them, too). They cannot even begin to ask the military to act against the people – the mutiny would be almost instantaneous. They would, after a time, be forced to concede defeat and crawl back under their slimy socialist rock.
No one needs to pick up a gun or hurl Molotov cocktails at the White House. Peaceful disobedience will suffice. If Americans respond in sufficient numbers, the Great American Health Care Debate will be resolved with finality, and the Obama government will fade into obscurity even while he is still in office. What a grand thing that would be.
Such an act would be perhaps the greatest thing we can do for our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. We are not the Europeans. We are not a third world socialist republic. We are not a welfare state. We are the people of the United States of America, and we conduct our business a bit differently than the rest. We do not need nor should should we tolerate a nanny state government running our affairs.
The time has come to remind Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid of who they work for. Just say, "No" to Obamacare and let the chips fall where they may.