Speaking of slavery (see below), it’s been in the news lately:
[A]t the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., I stated that Obamacare was the worst thing in our country since slavery.
The PC police immediately went to work with their mission of distraction by trying to tell everyone that I was equating Obamacare with slavery, which of course I was not, but it makes for a good headline.
For those who did not hear the speech or understand its meaning, let me recapitulate. When looking at the self-inflicted wounds of our nation, physical slavery is widely regarded as the worst, with deleterious lingering effects that still are manifested 150 years after it was abolished.
Despite this malady and many other severe problems, including attacks from foreign enemies, we have managed not only to survive, but thrive as a nation where freedom and responsibility are revered. As was intended by the Founders of our nation, a power structure was put in place with “the people” at the pinnacle of that power pyramid.
The implementation of Obamacare places the health — and, ultimately, the lives — of the people in the hands of the government. Over the course of time, such a relationship places the government at the top of the power pyramid, thus putting “the people” in a very dependent position.
A statement ascribed to Vladimir Lenin and widely disseminated in 1948 by the American Medical Association, implies that the establishment of government control over health care is foundational to the creation of the socialist state. The exact quote: “Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.”
There is controversy as to whether Lenin used these exact words, but the larger point is that he and his followers certainly subscribed to the philosophy symbolized by these words. Some will rant and rave about whether slavery and mandated governmental control of our health are equivalent, and others will be foaming at the mouth about who Lenin was and what he said, but fortunately, many others will actually recognize the fundamental power shift occurring in our nation and its implications for our future.
Those secular progressives who want to fundamentally change the nature of America hate those who expose their modus operandi, but those of us who embrace traditional values and love the freedom and opportunity that has characterized our nation in the past will not sit idly by and go along to get along.
Proponents of ObamaCare haughtily point out how many other countries have socialized medicine. And look at them (as we will in a moment). But we are not that sort of country. We were proudly founded on what Professor Obama—sorry, Lecturer Obama (best title evah!)—dismissed as “negative liberties”, not on what government “must do on our behalf”. Even glitchless, ObamaCare would be on offense, a corruption of the historic role of government in the lives of free people.
Bur speaking of glitches, remember this fiasco, extracted from our archives?
Lives will be put at risk unless the Government suspends the new 111 NHS advice line, doctors warned yesterday.
Patients have been left hanging on the phone for two hours or told to call back tomorrow because overstretched operators of the service were too busy to help.
The problems led to a surge in ambulance call-outs and casualty visits as the desperate dialled 999 for help instead.
In Manchester, the situation was so bad the previous provider, Mastercall, had to take over the phones just hours after the launch to sort out the mess.
A group of nurses, who were on a night out, were even drafted in to staff the phones. The service has now been shelved in the city until the end of April.
That was Britain in March. This is Britain today:
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has taken over the running of the NHS 111 helpline from NHS Direct across most of the West Midlands.
WMAS will run the project for Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Coventry and Warwickshire.
An NHS commissioners’ report in April 2013 found the NHS Direct service in some areas was “unacceptably low”.
In July, Dr Robert Morley, from the Birmingham Local Medical committee, said the 111 service had been a “disaster” in the city.
At the time, the regional project director for NHS 111 in the West Midlands, Wayne Bartlett, said the testing phase “encountered some significant operational and technical issues on implementation”.
And Britain has had an NHS for 65 years. They’ll work out the bugs any day now. Feeling better about socialized medicine now?