Authored by William Robert Barber
The Declaration of Independence explicitly stated that: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”
After the Revolutionary War the Constitution formalized how the “just powers” of this new government would be implemented. The binding expression within the preamble, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America,” sets the government’s measure of empowerment.
The originals started their political philosophy with the concept, that man intrinsically had the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that government was subordinate to the will of the people. The Constitution established that the order of government was “to form a more perfect union;” and within that context government was authorized to promote the general welfare. It is under the heading of general welfare that we the people are wrestling with today’s most contentious issue: Obama Care…
There is a very motivating and politically critical battle raging upon the land: On one side of the contest, under the authority vested in the Constitution noted under “the general welfare,” is the Obama administration. The president is allied with Pelosi’s Democratic insistences on establishing a socialist health-care regime that will undoubtedly expand the size of government, cost the taxpayer’s more than estimated and enable another federal bureaucracy to perform the uniquely government brand of effective inefficiency. This wholly new add-on to the current cost of governing; naturally, comes with unions, the cost of the federal health-care coverage, and the long-tail liability of retirement pensions.
On the other side of the contest, countering “the general welfare” phrase of Obama and Pelosi’s liberals are another phrase of Constitutional empowerment, to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” It does seem blatantly clear that one cannot expand the length and width of government bureaucracy, substantially-plus increase the cost of governing, enhance the federal deficit, and cavalierly invade the heretofore private space of individual citizens; without violating a citizen’s blessing of liberty in the present and into posterity. The conflict is irreconcilable.
In my opinion Obama and company have a much more exalted goal than simply enacting single payer-universal health coverage. I do believe that Obama is a socialist. When compared to the political traditions of this country he is a political radical. He is a politician hell-bent on moving this country’s domestic policy onto the track of governmental dominance. His weaponry includes taxation, regulation, a passive press, a gullible constituency and a gift for sublime rhetorical nonsense.