Leaving slavery in Egypt, having miraculously crossed the Red Sea and fed from the daily miracle of manna, and being led by no less than the presence of the Lord, the Israelites nevertheless complained. Loudly. Every step toward freedom was resisted by people moaning that they had things better as slaves back in Egypt. At one point their constant whining for meat to eat brought about an interesting response. The Lord told the people through Moses that they were going to have meat, and eat it, "until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it" (Numbers 11:4-20).
H.L. Mencken once defined democracy as "the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
And here we are, as Americans, still notable among nations for having progressed farther in pursuit of human liberty than any other, brought to a halt in the wilderness. A grumbling rabble seeks a return to state slavery, a life planned by government grunts, which appears preferable to them than the boundless opportunities of a life of freedom and individual responsibility. And now we're going to get it, good and hard. It's going to get shoved down our throats till it comes out of our nostrils and we loathe it.
Few Americans — right, left, center — were left who actually wanted Pres. Barack Obama's healthcare reform. By Christmas Eve, when the Senate passed that two-thousand-plus-page perversion that few of them had even read, the dwindling minority of supporters may well have been the president, his administration, 60 favor-grubbing senators, and 220 graft-grabbing members of the House. Not that it mattered. In a tyranny, the will of those with political power is the only criterion for action.
From sea to shining sea, the people have been saying no to this blatant power grab. From the very moment this past summer when people found out what Obama and the Democrats really had in mind with it, they have opposed it, and their opposition has steadily and inexorably grown. That crucial summer, the president staged a series of ridiculous Very Important Speeches by which he fully expected to sway opinion by the sound of his voice. After all, he is a Much Better Orator Than George W. Bush. But not even the words scrolling up the teleprompter held the power to dislodge a citizenry armed with information.
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