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Will we give away our freedom?

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On the night of March 21st, the massive bill launching a takeover of the nation's health care system by the government passed by a scant seven votes.
Following this, Peter Robinson posted a comment on National Review online. He offered a lengthy quote from the "Legend of the Grand Inquisition," Dostoyevsky's story-within-a-story in The Brothers Karamazov.
I won't quote the whole thing, but here is a piece of it. This is the Grand Inquisitor speaking to the figure of Christ which has appeared to him:
"They will have no secrets from us. It will rest with us to permit them to live with their wives and concubines, or to forbid them, to have children or remain childless, either way depending on the degree of their obedience to us; and they will submit most joyfully to us the most agonizing secrets of their souls - all, all will lay down at our feet, and we will authorize and remit them all in Thy name, and they will believe us and accept our mediation with rapture, as it will deliver them from their greatest anxiety and torture - that of having to decide freely for themselves."
The state of mind Dostoyevsky wrote about has come about in Britain and Europe. Will Americans also give away their liberties, piece by piece, year after year? That remains to be seen.
On the upside, the taxes in the health care go into effect promptly, whereas the so-called benefits are largely deferred for four years. There is time for a new Congress and a new President to repeal the bill, if they indeed find the political will to do so.
Public opinion may further stiffen this fall if reports that major cuts in Medicare will begin around September or October are true. Gutting Medicare will turn the program into the medical equivalent of government housing. Yes, it's a roof over your head but a dangerous place to be! The poorest seniors will have to use it, the more affluent may see their Medigap supplemental policies disappear then find themselves forced to purchase expensive comprehensive insurance.
Being required to insure anyone, regardless of their health, means that insurers will cease to be "insurers" in any meaningful way. The Democrats have put in place the road to a single-payer system. If that comes about, watch out for large cuts in the nation's defense budget and all of the ramifications that will have world-wide.
If the Republicans take the House this November, they can throw up roadblocks. This can be done by simply refusing to fund the various federal tentacles of the bill.
The healthcare debate has awakened a sleeping giant - the American people. The Democrats mistook election victories in 2006 and 2008 as mandates for socialism. They are wrong.
Another lesson learned in all of this - place no trust in those members who call themselves Blue Dog Democrats. When push comes to shove, there is no such animal.
As of this writing, at least 37 states will mount legal challenges to the bill on a variety of constitutional issues. These challenges will be based on violations of the 9th and 10th amendments, possibly the 5th as well, plus a violation of the commerce clause. However, these battles in the federal courts, up to the Supreme Court, could stretch out for a very long time.
What is very scary is that we are dependent on government for student loans, mortgages, retirement, and now health care.
Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
Copyright©2010SheilahPepper