Tom Sowell's article "Is 'death panels' charge over the top?" is one of those concise, factual, faultlessly logical pieces that make his work a consistently indispensable intellectual resource. He cuts through the deceptive phrases being used to disguise the unpalatable truth about the Obama faction's drive to take over the health sector of the U.S. economy. He uses Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's own words to make clear that when the Obama faction's apologists say their proposals target the "over-utilization" of Health care services what they have in their sights "is not quantity but quality."
"At one time, it would have been none of Dr. Emanuel's business if your physician prescribed the latest medications for you, rather than the cheaper and obsolete medications they replaced. It would have been none of his business if you preferred to have a nice hospital room with "amenities" rather than being in an unsanitary ward with inadequate nursing care, as under the National Health Service in Britain. The involvement of government gives Dr. Emanuel the leverage to condemn other Americans' choices- and a larger involvement of government will give him the power to force both doctors and patients to change their choices."
Sowell's analysis reveals the takeover strategy that informs every element of the national socialists' policy agenda. Under the guise of compassion and a desire to help people in need, they propose approaches that rely on tax funded government resources. The involvement of those resources naturally leads to the assertion that a larger government role is both logical and necessary to guard against waste and malfeasance. This government role leverages its control of the activity in question, removing choice from private entities and individuals to political bosses and government bureaucrats.
The Obama faction's bid for control of the health sector has for a moment opened the eyes of many Americans, allowing them momentarily to glimpse the true nature and goals of the national socialists (so-called "liberals" among the Democrats, so-called "moderates" among the Republicans.) But will these awakened Americans think through what this flash of perception has allowed them to see?
According to the old saying, 'the devil is in the details'. And it's true that the threat to our health care freedom has been revealed by careful attention to the details of the voluminous "reform" legislation. (Like the so-called 'stimulus' bill it was purposefully made long and involved to discourage attention to those details.) But the legislation isn't threatening because of its details. The details are threatening because the real purpose of the legislation has never been to improve health services, but to subvert and ultimately eliminate America's freedom.
The health proposals ultimately deal with matters of life and death personally critical to many Americans. In this context, the threat to freedom feels very personal, the danger it poses very real and intimate. But is the national socialists' takeover of the banking system any less so? Is their takeover of education any less so? Is their bid to eliminate the right to keep and bear arms any less so? Is the so called 'cap and trade' legislation to allow a national socialist government monopoly to ration pursuit and distribution of energy resources any less so? Is the national socialists' surrender of our sovereign control of the nation's borders any less so?
We should feel personally endangered by each and all of these supposedly well-intentioned "reforms". How can any of them be well-intentioned when all of them arise from the intention to impose government control. They use tax funded government resources, and/or the rhetoric of "progress", "equity" and "reform", as baited hooks with which to entice Americans toward the fatal surrender of their choices, their responsibilities, their freedom.
But the greatest personal threat arises from the suppression of the very idea that we are "persons"- individuals whose existence represents the assertion of intrinsic worth, and whose lives cannot rightly be regarded as mere objects for scientific calculation and administration. This disregard of human personality is the deep perversion of moral conscience that lies at the root of the Obama faction's embrace of child murder through abortion and infanticide. It lies at the root of their effort to create a regime that pressures older people to surrender their will to live. It lies at the root of their abandonment of the American principles of justice that recognize unalienable human rights. It lies at the root of their disregard for the just requirement that government be based on the liberty of the people, not the will of supposedly enlightened elites arrogantly acting as if elections make them our rulers rather than our representatives.
If the Obama faction's bid to take over health care has truly opened the eyes of the Americans who feel personally threatened by it, then in the months to come they will unite- not only in opposition to this or that proposal with which they disagree, but in a simple, unyielding determination to reject the strategy for socialist tyranny all these proposals represent. The devils may be lurking in the details. But we won't find safety by joining them there. To find safety, we must cast them out.