Enemies of the State Speak Out

The following came from a friend of mine in Montgomery County.  Her continued frustration with the national scene has finally pushed her over the edge.  I think it’s happens to be a good edge to fall off of though…it’s forcing her to look around and act where she can.  She’s reaching out, asking questions, and no longer satisfied with the status quot.  I say we give her mad props, supporting our friends who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and speak up for what they believe in despite opposition from friends and family.

My only conservative Georgetown friend sent me this email titled “Depressed”. (The rest of the group are liberals). When my former college roommate and a nurse at “Catholic” Georgetown University Hospital replied in favor of the health care bill, I kind of lost it and sent this reply out. Thought you might find it interesting, now that we are both ‘enemies of the state’

Depressed:

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”  Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a camel, this is the Promised Land.”  Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!  I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc . . . I called Lifeline  Got a call center in Pakistan.  I told them I was suicidal.  They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck….

My roommate’s reply:

You should be depressed. We have all been paying a high price for the uninsured for years. They go to the ER for their healthcare after their illness is advanced or for minor ailments that should be treated by primary doctors/nurse practitioners. This may not be a perfect solution, but doing nothing isn’t the answer either. We have to start someplace.

My reply:

How about tort reform as a first step, regulating the amount that can be sued for and the amount of “pain & suffering”? How about more competition in the market place, how about not passing the bill by questionably constitutional means and behind closed, locked doors? How about not ramroding a bill through because of your political agenda? How about leaving a provision in the bill to permit Catholic/Christian hospitals, doctors and nurses NOT to participate in abortion, which some of us believe is murder and against deeply held Religious beliefs, without a threat to our jobs, our places of employment?

And a special thanks to the Democratic Senator who described conservatives and Republicans as “enemies of the state” because we exercise our Constitutional right of freedom of speech.

Bill and I have worked long and hard to have a CHOICE in our healthcare, in the terms of our policy, in what is and is not covered, in what procedures we want provided. I do not choose to let the Federal government, or some committee make those decisions for me.

If the private sector health care industry survives Mr. Obama’s health care bill; if when I need my hip and knee replacement I am not denied because of age or medical issues; if my drug coverage is not compromised, I will apologize to all you Liberals. Until then, I guess I will be an enemy of the state exercising my Constitutional right to protest until you take that away from me.

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4 Responses to Enemies of the State Speak Out

  1. Betsy Merena says:

    Great Post! Really appreciate “Montgomery County Friend” for letting us put this little point/counterpoint on the blog. Great concise and to-the-point argument.

    Just shows that healthcare in and of itself isn’t what Conservatives are upset about. It’s the FREEDOMS we’ve now lost and the WAY this bill was “passed” that has us up in arms and fighting for our Constitution.

    It’s sad to think that, if things keep going like this, we may end up being The People’s Republic of America. BUT that’s why we need to get involved now and make our voices heard.

  2. Anne says:

    Thanks for sharing, I am right there with “MGF”.

  3. Mark Baird says:

    “How about tort reform as a first step, regulating the amount that can be sued for and the amount of “pain & suffering”?”

    So what is the empirical evidence on the cost of tort in medicine? Like everything in life, climate change, socialism, the US turning into a theocracy etc… their are many exaggerations in life. So what you are saying is that the common man is not capable of making decisions on complex cases, only experts are? Is this not elitist? Or are you saying that trial lawyers have special powers granted only to them in the court room that are capable of hypnotizing us common people into doing stupid things? Or maybe what you are saying is that those people that sit on juries are from another planet, different then you or I?

    How about a provision that will require all citizens to take an intelligence test before they can vote. Hell, if they are not smart enough to make decisions on complex court cases then they should not be allowed to vote for President or their representative or invest their money in the free markets.

    And, how about leaving a provision in the tax code that allows me to not pay for expensive aircraft that drop bombs that can kill innocent children. How about a provision that would allow me to not subsidize agriculture or corporate welfare.

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