Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Conservative View: What's The Difference?

This week's Conservative View, by Adair County Commissioner Russell Turner.
The Conservative View
by Russell Turner

What's The Difference?

One of the great things about this country has always been freedom. I have always cherished the freedoms that our founding fathers sacrificed so much for. We can be serious or foolish if that is our desire as long as we are not harming someone else. We have the ability to eat as much food as we want even though it may not be the healthiest kind. The right of self determination is something that far too many people have forgotten or may not have learned in the first place. Recently the US House of Representatives passed the much publicized House health care measure by a vote of 220-215.

While some people may cheer the idea of universal health care that will be free to everyone, there are provisions in the bill that should be of concern to all Americans. Under sections 7201 and 7203 Americans who don't maintain acceptable health insurance coverage and who choose not to pay a fine/tax of up to 2.5% of income are subject to fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years. Our prisons are bursting at the seams already, but I can bet that our government will find room for someone that doesn’t want to have some kind of socialistic health care system forced upon them. The hard working Americans that keep this country going love their freedom and enjoy accomplishing something with their life. Being in prison is a total waste of anyone’s time, if this bill passes the Senate the hard working Americans will have to accept a loss of freedom to stay out of the pen.

When you look at it in another perspective, if the whole idea of this legislation is to provide health care are we any different that the people locked up in our prison system. Out here in the everyday world we will be losing freedom but we will have health care. In the prison the inmates will lose freedom but they will have health care. The only difference is the prison inmate will have a little less freedom but we are both prisoners of the government. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked where in the Constitution Congress is authorized to force Americans to buy insurance or imprison them, her response was “ARE YOU SERIOUS”. If we Americans don’t wake up and fight to preserve our freedoms, how long will it be until we are imprisoned for eating foods that some government bureaucrat thinks is unhealthy.
Russell Turner is right on, as usual.

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