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The ObamaCare October

Years ago, I warned in multiple posts (and in this op-ed in the Washington Times) that ObamaCare is America’s health care dictatorship. Tomorrow it becomes a harsher reality, as the dictate (which is over three years old) takes fuller effect.

Obama-Obamacare-SignatureWhat every decent American needs to know about the law of the land is that whatever this or that provision of this arbitrary dictate, whatever the press corps says or propagandizes about ObamaCare, you have no control or choice in health insurance or medicine anymore, not if you’re a doctor, patient or policyholder.

The price, terms and treatment are under total government control. Medicine as a profession – medicine and insurance are no longer in any meaningful sense a profession, a term which implies a degree of autonomy on the part of professionals – is dead.

This is despite opposition, to the extent it is opposition, from religious conservatives including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who tried to stop ObamaCare to his credit. Cruz now rails against “extremism” and “absolutism” in his attacks on ObamaCare, even after he read from an absolutist book such as Atlas Shrugged, which I don’t think he understands, during what amounts to his ineffective 21-hour standoff. There is no real, principled opposition to totalitarianism among politicians in America. Nor is there principled opposition in the right-wing press. For example, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, who also supports government-sponsored spying on Americans, compared Obama to Leonardo Da Vinci and ObamaCare to the Mona Lisa in his latest asinine comedy comments on The Five. No one other than a few voices for reason opposes the moral premise of the dictate – altruism – on principle and too many of those who do are too busy looking for leaders among politicians such as Ted Cruz who send mixed messages and accomplish nothing.

Tomorrow, ObamaCare begins amid what may turn out to be a partial Big Government shutdown. ObamaCare is not the end of the world and it’s a mistake to treat it like it is. But it is the end of free choice in medicine. This historic dictate, as I’ve warned many times, is a death blow to individual liberty in health care and ObamaCare is a gigantic step toward dictatorship of every American’s life.

It’s happened and it’s here, in a fuller sense, come tomorrow. All the posturing, grandstanding and maneuvering on policy points is not going to stop fascism. If you hate the dictate and decide that ObamaCare is bad, wrong and has got to go, your only choice is to oppose it on moral grounds, admit that health care is not a right – and insist that free choice in medicine is – and speak up, write and elect those who accept that idea and nothing less … or be prepared to scream for your life – and your child’s or grandfather’s life – in a new, American dictatorship. When the reality hits you – and it will – brace yourself and remember that tomorrow’s bureaucrats were made not born and that the best in what was once medicine will shrug, quit and leave.

You will hear that the dictate is helping others and that this is the law of the land and you will hear it many times. When you do, ask yourself if it’s helping you and if so at whose expense and by what right. Remember, too, that slavery was once the law of the land. The Orwellian named ObamaCare robs everyone of money, choice and life. Tomorrow, the law morphs medicine into slavery.

The Ethics of War with Syria

America is not the world’s police and it ought to be unnecessary to have to declare let alone debate that an attack by the U.S. on Syria would be an outrage.

But the Obama administration, backed by every major Democrat and Republican and largely by the press, too, is on the verge of taking the U.S. to war with Syria. It’s bad enough that Obama is proposing to align with rebels that by credible accounts are allied with the Islamic terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11, and it is monstrous to subject this nation – having already been subjected to the longest war in our history – to another war with no purpose other than helping others. But the U.S. government has, to my knowledge for the first time, explicitly rejected U.S. self-interest as the cause for initiating the use of force against another country. Obama’s stated purpose for going to war is pure altruism – the morality of helping others for the sake of helping others – to the exclusion of self-interest and the fact that both sides of Syria’s civil war are jihadists for Islam. The altruism is the point, its proponents agree.

This war, currently being debated by Congress, is a crucially climactic, possibly ultimate, test in our lifetimes between the ethics of egoism and the ethics of altruism or between good and evil. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is right that the United States is “not Al Qaeda’s air force” when he argues that we should not go to war with Syria. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is right to declare as he did in Time that he refuses to “vote to send our nation’s best and brightest to fight for anything less than victory.” But these are deeply flawed Christian politicians who can go bad – and, on crucial issues, they have – because they have no moral defense for acting in our own self-interest. A nation hurling itself into war in solidarity with victims of chemical weapons won’t be stopped on practical, even Constitutional, grounds.

The ethics of self-sacrifice must be challenged, rejected and replaced with the ethics of self-interest, which ought to be our sole criteria for foreign intervention, as the Founding Fathers, who warned against foreign entanglements, understood.

The opponents and proponents of war with Syria are proving philosopher Onkar Ghate right that the fundamental political conflict of our time is not between left and right. The conflict is between the rational and the irrational, between reason vs. faith, with leftists and conservatives converging into a single, dangerous pre-dictatorship based on faith in the state – the NSA, TSA, ObamaCare, anything dictated by government – with Obama, McCain and Fox News leading us into submission. President Obama, a pure nihilist whom I’ve called the Nothing Man, openly expresses disdain and outright contempt for having to communicate anything about the issue of going to war with anyone for any reason. He embodies the nil, the nothing, in this sense; a kind of walking (or in his case loping) Grim Reaper. I am 100 percent confident that his war with Syria will bring mass death.

Two years ago, I had a long discussion about war with John Lewis months before he died. I had studied under his instruction in war history and read his book, Nothing Less Than Victory, and Dr. Lewis was the best war historian I knew. We talked about 9/11, the jihad, Syria as a flashpoint, the prospect of Obama as a warmonger and the people treating someone like Obama as a deity in total faith. He warned against all-out world war born of our refusal to identify, name, confront, kill and wipe out Islamic jihad.

Attacking Syria brings America closer to total, nonstop world war and destruction of western civilization. Some Americans, including war veterans and other individualists, are awakened and emboldened by Michigan Rep. Justin Amash’s efforts and Edward Snowden’s heroic whistleblowing and they reject the emerging government-controlled society by speaking up against war with Syria. In ethical terms, the debate over Syria separates the selfish from the selfless. The question demanding to be answered right now is: which one are you?

Government Threatens Use of Force in Texas

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, a politician seeking to persuade conservatives that he wants to ban abortion after losing to conservative leader Ted Cruz, tells Michelle Malkin’s Web site that in the aftermath of the state senate gallery disruption that helped stop the recent abortion ban, he thinks journalists may have acted to incite what he calls a “riot”.

By what standard do we measure whether gallery expressions of free speech, which I think are part of the proper purpose of a legislative gallery in a free republic, constitute a riot?

Dewhurst goes further, however, in pledging to review senate security videotape to identify such individuals and that, on those grounds, he pledges to “take action against them.” So, in other words, he’s saying he’s going to arrest journalists for inciting a “riot” in the state senate. Promising Malkin’s Web site that he will bring a ban on abortion to the senate again, he also threatens to clear “the gallery with our state police.” (I wrote about an American heroine in the Texas anti-abortion craze when I posted about Wendy Davis).

If this Texas moderate, who reminds me of another lowly, no-good Texas politician who moderated his political position to snuggle up to conservatives for political gain – George H.W. Bush – cracks down on the press (are members of the media prohibited from expressing themselves when they accept a government pass?) we may have to dub the Lone Star state the Red Star state.

An American in Hong Kong

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive government monitoring of U.S. communications under the Bush administration’s Patriot Act, warns his fellow Americans that the state is erecting what he calls an “architecture of oppression” which will lead to turnkey operations serving a government based on tyranny. Based on what I’ve seen in this video interview and based on what is known, and despite the parts of his statements and viewpoints with which I disagree or find troubling, I trust Edward Snowden more than I trust the United States government.

As I wrote a few weeks ago in a post titled “New Left America,” the state, mired in corruption amid several recently disclosed scandals, is a vast, left-wing conspiracy that’s taking the country toward dictatorship. I must add, however, that the left-wing distinction is rapidly becoming a point of particular origin, as conservatives are rushing to defend the Obama administration’s mass surveillance of U.S. communications. Charles Krauthammer approves of indiscriminate government monitoring. So does Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Lindsey Graham and others who also support other Bush-made, Obama-enforced government programs, such as the TSA, Homeland Security and selfless military missions of mercy in Iraq and Afghanistan, none of which should exist and all of which ought to be immediately abolished. The fascist state, and that is what America is becoming, is rising based on the false premise – supported by those on the left and right alike – that we must have government control of individual rights in order to protect lives and defend the republic – or, worse in the case of the leftists, to serve the collective and, worst of all, in the case of conservatives, to serve God, tradition and family.

Mixed, leftist or conservative, they’re all wrong. Liberty is not contingent upon security – a proper national defense neither requires nor necessitates surrendering liberty – and individual rights are inalienable, as America’s founders knew and wrote when they created the United States of America. Today, we face a crucial, urgent battle between liberty and slavery. Whatever flaws in his position and in his philosophy, Edward Snowden speaks softly and strongly and righteously about what he says he knows and he is an articulate, brave spokesman for truth in this context and we have every reason to take him at his word and no reason to take the U.S. government’s word. That makes Mr. Snowden, who by all appearances is young, honest, intelligent, independent, principled and outspoken, more American than the American state.

imagesAs he put it in his interview with The Guardian of Britain – a country which once ruled Americans until we broke away, declared our independence and waged an American revolution, fighting and winning a war, and creating a free republic: “I don’t see myself as a hero because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.” Mr. Snowden is wrong that selfishness is not compatible with heroism – selfishness is, as Ayn Rand wrote, the highest virtue – but he’s right to blow the whistle on America’s emerging totalitarianism and he deserves every true American’s 100 percent support. Knowing that truth is the recognition of reality, as Rand wrote in Atlas Shrugged, he’s earned mine.

New Left America

Years ago, Hillary Clinton, speaking as the president’s wife, went on NBC’s Today Show and complained of what she called a “vast right-wing conspiracy” without citing evidence. She said there was a conspiracy to discredit her husband over the scandal of his having an affair with an intern. It turned out that there was a conspiracy by the president and White House staff to cover-up his affair.

In the past several days, several newly disclosed facts provide evidence that our government, led by New Left intellectuals and activists such as Mrs. Clinton and chiefly Barack Obama, conspired against Americans’ individual rights and against defense of the United States during an attack on September 11 by Moslems at Benghazi. The scandals are still breaking, and the evidence mounts by the hours, but it’s been known by top government officials that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted specific groups of individuals based on their political views, violating their rights to free speech and association. That these organizations, which include Tea Party groups, Jewish groups supporting Israel and right-wing organizations with the word patriots in the name, were seeking compliance with the tax code is a crucial point. The left’s incessant criticism of the Tea Party is that it is anti-government, an assertion which is on its face not true. But the fact that Tea Party affiliates were targeted by the state while they were attempting to comply with the laws of the United States government is essential to understanding why this administration is more anti-government in the fundamental sense than the worst conservatives and libertarians.

New disclosures also show that the U.S. government issued orders to monitor two months of phone records on 20 lines used by 100 reporters and editors for the Associated Press, apparently in order to identify the source of an AP report about the CIA stopping an Islamic terrorist plot to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the U.S., a leak which CIA Director John Brennan, who it was once claimed converted to Islam, described as an “unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.” This is a particularly chilling disclosure. Given what we know about how the U.S. government concealed the truth about the Islamic attack at Benghazi, and concealed the truth about the Islamic attack at Boston, the notion that the director of intelligence regards a press report as “dangerous” and that our government is spying on the press has ominous implications. In fact, the upshot is clear that our government conceals and lies about Islamic terrorism against America and instead targets the press and those describing themselves as patriots.

The word for that is conspiracy, not scandal. The Obama administration is a vast left-wing conspiracy against the United States and that is an assertion based strictly on what we know.