Yesterday President Obama and the Democrat led congress passed a nearly $1 trillion health care reform package. The reforms contained in the package will dramatically impact the health care sector, one which makes up nearly 1/6th of the entire U.S. economy. The plan has been thoroughly rejected by the American people who have overwhelming opposed it’s passing since July 2009.
Not only did Democrats ignore the will of the people when they cast their votes for Obamacare, but they resorted to parliamentary tricks in order to pass the legislation around hurdles the founding fathers put in place to ensure the majority party in congress would not be able to run roughshod over the minority party and the American people.
“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”
- James Madison
Now the president and congress are seriously considering an immigration reform plan that would grant immunity to the estimated 20 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. The same illegal immigrants that are in large part responsible for the spiraling out of control costs of health care. Thus, it’s no coincidence that the administration failed to address illegal immigrant abuses of the current health care system as part of Obamacare, and instead chose to use rising health care costs as a pretext to passing the largest government takeover of private industry in history.
A new comprehensive immigration reform plan is likely to be met by the American people with just as strong of opposition as did Obamacare, and not unlike a similar plan proposed by Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sen. John McCain and the Bush administration did in 2007.
At the time, Americans were told that the single biggest threat they face is a terrorist attack on our homeland. Yet, congress did nothing to secure the country’s borders and ports.
The American people recognized that providing amnesty to illegal immigrants would not only reward those who circumvented our immigration laws, but without a strong effort to secure our border, would result in tens of millions of more illegal immigrants streaming across the border. The American people favored immigration reform, but did not and do not trust the government when it says it will secure the border after amnesty or as they put it “a path to citizenship” is approved.
The American people demanded the border be secured first and as a result, the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007 died on the vine. They moved quickly to pass a series of smaller bills designed to secure the border, or so they said.
One of these bills authorized the creation of a 700 mile fence along the southern border with Mexico and increased the number of border patrol agents along both borders by several thousand. Barely a year after its authorization, the fence was defunded with only 10 miles having been built. To make matters worse, not long after taking office, President Obama dramatically reduced the number of border patrol agents and National Guard along the border.
Still, the number of new illegal immigrants arriving to the U.S. each year fell, largely due to the global economic collapse brought on by the diversity recession. As companies reduced the number of jobs they had available, the primary incentive for disobeying immigration laws has been temporarily mitigated. But as the economy recovers, so will the numbers of illegal immigrants coming across the border.
To address the impending failures of banks and investment firms that got swept up into the government’s diversity mortgage scheme, both Democrats and Republicans approved giving more than a trillion dollars to businesses and other organizations that were partially responsible for the very programs that ultimately led to massive mortgage defaults and eventually a global economic recession. The American people cried out in anger, demanding these businesses be allowed to fail and demanding those in government responsible for regulating those businesses are held to account. Again, congress ignored them.
Thomas Paine once famously wrote, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
It would not be hard for anyone to argue that the American government has drifted so far away from what the founding fathers intended that it need not be considered anything less than bordering on tyranny.
The United States was founded by those few who believed that the only way to escape tyranny in their own countries was to travel across a vast ocean, brave an untamed wilderness, and start anew. The country they birthed quickly grew and became a beacon of freedom to the world that wrought governments across the globe, bringing democracy and liberty to hundreds of millions.
Today, that country, the very idea that free people are better suited to solve problems than tyrants or intellectual elites in some far off capital, is in jeopardy.
Ronald Reagan once said that, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Freedom now lay at the feet of this generation grasping for air. The question is will we have the courage to pick it up and breath life back in to it or will we sit back and watch as it withers and dies?
There are those in the media, both Republican and Democrat, which have done a great many things to encourage the people to make their voices heard. But, they have always stopped short of calling for revolt.
It should not go without saying that Americans should do everything possible to return America to its constitutional roots without violence. But as the custodians of liberty, entrusted to us by the millions who came before, we owe it to them to do everything necessary to protect those liberties.
The founding fathers whom declared their independence in July 1776 were men of means, men with families. Yet, they risked everything to fight for freedom against a tyrannical government.
Today, Americans must be willing to do the same. Today, Americans must be willing to nourish the tree of liberty with their blood and the blood of those who would choose to take their liberties from them.
Again, it cannot be said enough, Americans should do everything possible to negotiate in good faith and to avoid violence, but the tyrants in Washington must know that the people are willing to die for the cause, for the cause is a just one.
God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!