Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Mother MAY [or MUST?] I? What’s the difference?

In Opinion on March 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Democrats and their media enablers think they have it all figured out.  Because they are opposed to ‘intrusive government’ they are against laws that stipulate that a woman MUST have an ultrasound exam before she MAY terminate a pregnancy.  AND, they are for laws that say an employer (church or otherwise) MUST provide its employees a health care policy that pays for contraceptive drugs for women.  The Democrats are confused and disturbed – and I am too, disturbed, but for a different reason.  In one case they think they want MORE government power, while in the other, they think they want LESS government power.  (They’re not only inconsistent, they’re delusional – see below.)

Not only is that not a sensible position, it’s not really what you’d expect in the laws of a nation that reveres life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is it?  Government power is not so finely calibrated and so carefully and disinterestedly deployed as to let its administrators choose when it should or should not pull its guns in grey areas – a legitimate basis for laws must have only bright lines – See Frederic Bastiat, The Law – and must be just and moral.

But, back to the Democrats.  Query:  Have any of them read the ObamaCare law?

Do they realize that the result of that law will be a government menu for health insurance.  That menu will include exactly FOUR choices of insurance policies, each with a set price.  Under that law, every person (not just pregnant women) will be forced to buy one of those four insurance policies or else suffer the punishment of being fined [or in Chief Justice Roberts’ words, ‘taxed’] (with small print that says no one can be punished for not paying the fine/tax – yes, really!) .

And so?  Well, those government-designed policies will determine, no dictate, what treatments and services are covered.  Now, of course, the stated intent is that everything will be covered (birth control, treatment for acne, depression and Hyper-active disorders, and on and on) since government health care is presumed to be, well, magical, and so magical that it will be “free.”  All kinds of preventive care and every previously unaffordable luxury will be available to anyone who can wiggle her nose (a la Bewitched).

But, since there are only so many mammography machines, only so much gauze, so many tongue depressors, scalpels, bed pans, X-ray machines, stethoscopes, and doctors and nurses, eventually some method (NOT price, of course, since that would be unfair) will have to be devised to allocate those finite resources.

What method will take the place of price?  Rationing.  There is no other possible answer.  NONE.  The government will tell you what policy you MUST buy and what you MAY have as a result.  The government will possess the power to enforce the allocation of goods and services established by the rationing regime.  And enforce it shall!

So, why are the Democrats delusional?  Is there really any difference between the power needed to enforce MUST and the power to enforce MAY [or NOT]?  ‘Thou shalt’ is the same as ‘Thou shalt NOT’ when it comes to enforcement, isn’t it?  A government powerful enough to make me pay for HER birth control is powerful enough to make her get an ultrasound, isn’t it?  They assume that they can control government power and assure it is only used for sweet outcomes.  NOPE.  Never has happened.  Ever.

Wake up, America, left and right.  No state has ever exercised this much power for the ‘good of the people.’  The state always, and every time, exercises this much power to pulverize opposition, to silence dissent and to mame the human spirit, making it dependent on the state.

Orwell, a leftist, didn’t write 1984 as a fantasy novel.  He warned us against state power, left, right and center.  We’re approaching 30 years since 1984, so he was off by a few decades, but take no comfort.  Well-intended state power destroys all of humanity that gets in its path – every time.

Mother, why do I have to ask?

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