As conservatives continue observing a government crisis that would have been anathematic to the traditions of American self-determinism even some 100+ years ago, we must persist in obstinately, repetitively, annoyingly contributing to the most important discussion of this century. The miscarriage of this monumental opportunity to educate Americans about the power that our increasingly centralized government wields would be tantamount to our Founders winking and nodding over the Quartering Acts because that's just how the Crown needed to get things done.
The point that conservative representatives should continue to drive home with whatever parliamentary procedure is left to them is actually far more important than the injustices done by the British Crown in Colonial America because England's crimes against independence were not committed with our constitutional liberties already recognized and ratified. Our natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was still not completely understood because crisis had only just forced the Founding Fathers to consider the repercussions of acquiescing to tyranny.
The revolutionary watershed brought about by London's mismanagement of the Colonies placed the inherent liberties bestowed upon us by God – not man – in doubt and forced a logical consideration of government's role in a free man's life as well as the consequences of not standing against oppression. England's lust for authoritarianism created the need for the Constitution, but that debate is over. The authoritarianism that our federal government exerts is done under the watchful eyes of the three branches of government that are specifically in place to limit and balance power. Failure to rebalance government structures with our Constitution in place creates a precedent that will be virtually impossible to amend. Please refer to America's unconstitutional third rail of Social Security if you have any doubts.
Our nation is in the midst of a government shutdown. Now, I personally don't care whether the government grinds to a screeching halt or not. When they are doing nothing, they are doing everything for the furtherance of independence because many people may actually come to understand that their ability to survive and flourish depends more on their own desires and talents and less on their next government handout.
The biggest problem that America faces due to its growing dependence on government's redistributive policies is that there are too many people in this country who don't see the freedom that's right under their noses. Freedom has been seen as a spectral force in the lives of too many citizens for far too long. Intangible and almost ethereal in nature – freedom is no longer viewed as a practical means to earthly happiness.
Conservatives must continue our enduring and persistent ministry to people who lack the propensity for accessing their freedom. There is no virtue in knowing how to be free if that freedom cannot be recognized and reproduced by others. It's a matter of science, really. If the great American experiment cannot be replicated then it is not by its nature unarguable. It then converts to the great American hypothesis and that's just lame.
This is my longwinded preamble to describing the easy point that we can and must repeatedly make with patient but stubborn emphasis. The government shutdown is certainly holding our nation's attention captive but for all the wrong reasons. We know that the Obama Administration is vowing to make the shutdown as painful as possible. We watch in awe as they close parks and monuments, threaten Social Security disbursements, threaten to withhold WIC checks for children who are – through no fault of their own – dependent on their federal handout…we already know about this shakedown. We've been here before.
The progressive democrats are insisting that we must replace a reasonably effective system for providing health care with one that will be single payer in nature and will eventually be run by the federal government. If they are not allowed to advance the crippling Obamacare initiatives then they will not permit stopgap funding of programs that are already in place. From their perspective, if equality of outcome cannot be achieved in health care, then they have the right to shut down lands that are owned and run by the American government on behalf of the American people.
The American government first overstepped its authority with the purchase of federal park lands for conservation purposes back in March of 1872 when it founded Yellowstone National Park. This was done under the guise of preserving a natural treasure so that all generations of American people might equally access the beauty and wonder within the park's borders. A lovely idea to be sure, but providing pretty park lands is not the role of the American government. This was a preservation effort that should and could have been done by private conservation organizations, but progressives hastily, aggressively acted to purchase lands anyway.
That national park which was created to ensure equity of access is now being held hostage in a fight between liberty and the overreaching authority of the federal government. If the progressive Left cannot extract money we don't have for a program that few want so that government can provide a mirage of equal access to health care for all Americans whether or not they need it, then the Obama Administration will block right of entry to lands that belong to the American people and are merely being held in trust for them…but just until Barack Obama gets his way. After that, the right of the American people to access the lands they are required by law to pay for will be restored.
The original promise of equal access to park lands has, therefore, been broken because the party in power commands it.
This sounds like we are moving dangerously close to a dictatorship, but maybe that's just me.
The American government first overstepped its authority in ordering the American people to purchase products they didn't necessarily want or need by directing a national pension program that took the form of the Social Security Act in January of 1937. This program was created to ensure that all Americans had at least the illusion of equal access to a pension plan when they reached retirement age. Americans were required by the government under penalty of law to participate in a system that amazingly only took decades to bankrupt. It was a program that could and should have been handled by private charity organizations but progressives hastily, aggressively acted to install an entitlement mindset in the minds of the American people by forcing a massive and absolutely immoral redistribution of wealth at the point of a gun.
That Social Security system which was supposedly created to ensure equity of outcome is now being held hostage in a fight between liberty and the overreaching authority of the federal government. Again, if the progressive Left cannot extract money we don't have in order to provide the illusion of equal access to health care, then people won't get the retirement funds that they were required to fork over with the promise that those funds would be returned to them at the time of retirement. Do we see the importance of that incongruity? Do we understand this absurdity?
This living, breathing example of farce is the whole argument we have been trying to make over the dangers of Obamacare from the beginning. The Social Security trust fund was thrust upon Americans back in the 1930s and belongs to the American people. It is merely being held by the federal government because the government deemed itself to be the only entity capable of maintaining it for the good of all Americans. But that same government has never maintained the program properly and is now audaciously threatening to block access to the plan if Americans won't meet its budgetary demands.
The promise of Social Security has been thwarted in a capricious power grab because the party in power commands it. They have broken their commitment to the American people.
With each act of unchecked governmental overreach, the consequences become increasingly dire. For the most part, people don't need to access federal lands. It's really just a petty annoyance for most of the American people if they can't visit Mount Rushmore. Retirement checks are a much bigger problem. There are quite a few people who planned their futures around their Social Security stipend. They shouldn't be threatened with starvation every single time the liberal establishment doesn't get its way on budgetary issues. It's wrong. It's cruel. It's immoral.
How many more people will have no choice but to plan their lives around the illusion of free health care? How many of them will be terrified to oppose the will of government for fear of painful, diseased death? You know, like when the CDC nonchalantly remarks that it won't be able to provide people with immunizations because of budgetary battles going on in Congress. Really? The CDC can't perform the tasks that it insisted it must do for the betterment of all Americans? Well, then move aside and let private industry get the job done. Seriously.
Fifty years from now when the forces for liberty are battling the progressive Left over whatever remains of private property rights, will people hold the same wonderment over the Left's capacity to deny access to doctors if they don't get to spend as much money as they want on some other all-encompassing government program that is doomed to fail?
The answer to the supposed health care crisis is to move toward greater privatization. The answer to the CDCs inability to provide immunizations is to push for greater privatization. The answer to the retirement crisis is to move toward greater privatization. The answer to inaccessibility of our national park lands is to privatize the programs. Every single administrative attempt to block American access to what is fundamentally theirs must be met with a plan for privatization. If the lazy, complacent, feckless government can't do its job then I promise you that someone else can.
They tell us they can and should run things better but they are illustrating their deception with every veiled threat, every arm twist, every barricade.