A farewell to freedom 3

It has happened. The CHANGE has been made.

Mark Steyn sums up just what has happened and what it will mean for America and beyond:

Happy Dependence Day!

Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it’s hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage … The governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be “insurers” in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that’s clear we’ll be on the fast track to Obama’s desired destination of single payer as a fait accomplis.

If Barack Obama does nothing else in his term in office, this will make him one of the most consequential presidents in history. It’s a huge transformative event in Americans’ view of themselves and of the role of government. You can say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that mattered, the Dems wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people

More prosaically, it’s also unaffordable. That’s why one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the U.S. is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying. But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it’s less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we’ll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home. And, as the superpower retrenches, America’s enemies will be quick to scent opportunity.

Longer wait times, fewer doctors, more bureaucracy, massive IRS expansion, explosive debt, the end of the Pax Americana, and global Armageddon. Must try to look on the bright side . . .

The bureaucracy will be busy. It will come poking into our private lives, because the government now owns us. It now “has a right” to order us to live like this and not like that. What we eat, how much we eat, how warm or cool we may keep our homes, what sort of transport we may use …. it’s hard to think of a daily activity that won’t be regulated, because the government will be paying – with our tax dollars, of course – for our medical treatment, and may provide it if we’ve been “good”, or withhold it if we’ve been “bad”.

You will obey” is the new true motto of once-free America.

Good-bye, freedom!

  • bornagainpagan

    Mark Steyn is BRILLIANT!

  • NoCountryForYoungMen

    Really I have always been dependent my whole life so far on my fanatic crazy religious parents. Although they give lip service to freedom – I have none, except for the internet. Now you might ask why I don't just leave – I am legally an adult after all. Well I can't – I am disabled and sickly to the extent that I cannot work a Job – I mean sure I could work If I could show up whenever I feel up too it – couple days here some there spread over a month… But employers want simple and steady work schedules. So dependence on the state seems to me to be a little better than dependence on the parents… of course I am still in limbo because of my unusual case (I was a minor when I was in a car crash so I can't claim any potential lost wages or general function from the accident) so I might end up getting absolutely noting… In which case I must hone my computer skills and find some way to work from home… If I ever want to gain a little independence, or dignity… something I must do soon to keep my sanity.

    But intellectually and strategically I agree that the US is going in the wrong direction – an unsustainable one is many ways. You don't have to take away choice and innovation in the quest for helping the 'lower classes' gain a social safety net… but politics is not a particularly innovative sector so what can I say.

    I just realized that WW3 and Armageddon could really just be around the corner – there are so many potential triggers. Iran, Israel, China, North Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan…..

    • Jillian Becker

      We are saddened to hear about the severe misfortune you have suffered.

      I see and understand your dilemma, but at least with parents you can talk directly and come to some mutually agreeable arrangement. The state is impersonal, heartless, inefficient, unreliable, and always potentially tyrannical. Best to become as independent as you can, as you say. Computers do offer a great opportunity for people who are house-bound.

      Yes, I too think widespread war is being made all too possible with the deliberate weakening of America by the present administration.