The Conservative View
by Russell Turner
Driving on the Wrong Side
One of the traits that have made America great is the willingness to do the hard job and accomplish something that other people refuse to do. When our nation was founded, the framers of our country faced insurmountable odds. At that time our county was composed of a group of colonist farmers but they had a desire that should burn in the heart of all men, the desire to be able to forge their own destiny and to be free. They took on and won against Great Britain. Later in our history our country built the Panama Canal “THE MOON SHOT OF IT’S DAY” after other nations had already failed. Speaking of the moon shot, our country is the first and only nation to put a man on the moon and bring him back home. The moon shot happened in 1969, that was 41 years ago. Have we forgotten or allowed the gene that makes us free Americans to go dormant? The actions of the Governor and Attorney General of the state of Oklahoma would seem to point to that conclusion.
The state Legislature passed a bill that would allow Oklahomans to opt-out of the federally-mandated health care and allow us to move forward with a lawsuit to stop implementation of the bill. The governor and Attorney General Drew Edmondson have both called this legislation—‘an exercise in legal futility.’ The polling data of the people of Oklahoma and the rest of the country have clearly stated they were not in favor of the take-over of our heath care system. House Speaker Chris Benge stated, “It is unfortunate that they think it is futile to oppose a federal health care bill that will raise taxes, erode quality and doesn’t recognize at all that states have any ability to craft their own health care solutions, like we have done in our state with the Insure Oklahoma program”. Speaker Benge went on to say, ““Luckily, we have been listening to the people of Oklahoma who don’t want this bill and certainly can’t afford it. We will do everything in our power to make sure this heavy-handed health care mandate is not imposed from Washington on the people of this state.”
I am glad that our founders did not have that sense of futility that our Governor and Attorney General have, for if they had we Americans would probably be eating fish and chips and driving on the wrong side of the road.
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