Freedom is fleeting. It is the deepest yearning of every man’s heart, but it can so easily be taken away. Americans have the almost exclusive experience in world history of enjoying unbridled freedom for over two centuries. Over the decades though, because of its fragile nature, freedom has gradually eroded. There have been spurts of rapid deterioration in America’s freedoms, where the government swiftly encroached and assumed powers not granted to it by the Constitution: the New Deal, the Great Society and a host of other monstrous federal bureaucracies. America is facing yet another, and perhaps the most dangerous, attack on its freedom with the government’s health care power grab.
Just a month ago, Democrats bemoaned the defeat of Obamacare, acting as though they had given up the fight due to public pressure. But if socialized medicine is Obama’s Waterloo, he and his Congressional cohorts will not concede defeat, even at the cost of controlling Congress. For them, this is simply another battle within the war between individual freedom and big government.
As he defiantly threw down the gauntlet at his East Room press conference Wednesday afternoon, the President admitted that the goal of implementing socialized medicine has long been a political battle for the country: “We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the past year but for decades.”
Indeed, the fight over the very essence of personal liberty—the ability to care for one’s own body—has been raging for many years. Back in 1961 Ronald Reagan recorded a commentary about the dangers of socialized medicine. Reagan’s warnings about the insidious nature of socialized medicine are as true now as when he spoke them fifty years ago. A YouTube clip of the ten-minute recording has garnered over one million views since it was posted three years ago, indicating its viral status on the Internet.
Reagan explained that government healthcare isn’t really as altruistic as its proponents would have people believe. “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.”