My House Representative, Todd Akin, came to our local community college today, giving a sobering assessment of the Health Control bill as "... the worst piece of legislation he had ever seen in his legislative lifetime...". He noted that he knew many of us "... feel on edge, with good reason..." and didn't hold back from saying that for the first time in his 9 yrs. in office, he felt actual fear for the direction of the country.
He brought a guest speaker with him, Ron Bachman, from the Center for Health Transformation, a Newt Gingrich project (which personally, registers as a less than positive endorsement, for me). He also offered no sugar coating, and I was pleased to hear him
(Sorry about the vid 'quality'... I'll have to upgrade from my PocketPC phone)
characterize the plan similar to how I have, that "...this bill has nothing to do with "Health" or "Health Care", it has to do with Power." and that "...Joe the Plumber was right... he discovered that it is about the redistribution of wealth. "
I completely agree.
He noted that if you want to see how the healthcontrol bill is about Power, search it for "Shall's", as in "You shall do this, and you shall do that, and you shall do what ever we say... ", this bill Slall's us 3,461 times. To see those parts of the bill where it is being used to redistribute wealth, search for the keyword"Grant", as in "...We Grant these people thi$ much, tho$e people that" such as "...WELLNESS PROGRAM GRANTS..." and "...no State qualifying for a grant under paragraph (1) shall receive less than $1,000,000, or more than $5,000,000 for a grant year..." ... Bachman said 481 times, but by my count, I found that Grant appears 366 times, and Grants appears 323 times... either way, that means very little attention given to 'allowing' you and me to keep our own wealth, to be used as we see fit - little of our own Lives, to be lived, as we see fit, as we see fit to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....
Other black holes on the congressional horizon, are the Cap & Tax bill, which will bring the Federal Govt into questions of such national importance as how many electrical outlets you have in your garage, and requiring Carbon Footprint assessments for home additions you'd like to 'propose' for your dwelling.
Worst Case Option
If this healthcontrol bill manages to pass through the Senate and into (using the word loosely) "Law", one option which some states are pursuing, and one of our Missouri State Senators, Jane Cunningham, is passing amendments to their State Constitutions, which would prevent their their citizens from federal health care mandates by guaranteeing that they can choose their own health care and insurance options, to "...send a message to Washington that participation in an insurance plan is a personal decision and a right which should not be infringed upon...". Such amendments would ensure a new conflict between Federal and States Rights, and bring the matter to the Supreme Court.
Hardly the ideal scenario, but at least a ray of hope in the darkness of federal healthcontrol of our lives.
I asked Congressmen Akin about, what Pelosi & Hoyer had taken to be a laugh line about where they found authorization under the Constitution for their healthcontrol bill, I asked him where do they think they find such authority? He noted that my question presumed an assumption - that being that they had read the Constitution in the first place.
Laughing through the tears.
Where Do I Go From Here...
I talked with several people this weekend, and today, who are involved with organizations around the state and in local activism, and I think where I might be able to find my best first niche on the scene, is by working through a few of them to round up some unsuspecting sleeping citizens and present them with the information about our Rights and the Constitution. With luck I'll be able to convince them to swallow the red pill, so that the sleepy citizen vanishes into a dream, and perhaps enough of us can wake up to how important it is that we defend our rights from these attacks - so that this nightmare just might have a chance of being prevented.
It's a start....