WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO RIDING OUT THE STORM?

Cover of "The Perfect Storm [Blu-ray]"
Cover of The Perfect Storm [Blu-ray]
What follows is an email from Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter. I like the man, and I think he generally does a good job, but I don’t know what to think about this. While he waits out the perfect storm, I hope Lingamfelter is prepared to do more than just talk.

lingamfelterThe Perfect Storm

You probably recall the 1991 “Perfect Storm”, also known as the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991. This freak weather phenomenon absorbed Hurricane Grace and ultimately turned into a small unnamed hurricane. The initial area of low pressure developed off Atlantic Canada on October 28. Forced southward by a ridge to its north, it reached its peak intensity as a large and powerful cyclone. No one saw it coming. But it was a whopper of a storm.

Liberals in America are now experiencing their own “perfect storm” as the country awakens to the reality that a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you’ve got.

Take a moment to see how this storm came together. It began with the election of President Obama, who ushered in a new era of big government. He also was given a major boost when the nation put Democrats in charge of the Congress who did his bidding without hesitation. They quickly put in place the single largest takeover of the economy in the history of the nation, the now not-so-affordable “Affordable Care Act”, a name that drips with irony.

The storm strengthened. Coming into office with a horrible economy, the President’s policies made it worse by dumping huge amounts of “stimulus money” into an economy already sagging under huge debt and waste.   More storm clouds gathered as the President funneled more and more money toward food stamps, cell phones for the asking, failed solar companies, auto manufacturer takeovers, and extending unemployment benefits to levels never witnessed in the history of the country. In the meantime, small businesses struggled to make ends meet under increased taxes with the repeal of the Bush-era tax cuts.

And now politics and policy have come together in a way that could be the death knell of big government liberalism as no single event in the political history of this nation. This ObamaCare behemoth is “big government” without peer and it is failing as we watch.   Indeed, we are witnessing the literal destruction of the world’s finest healthcare system as big government wizards mix potions that will poison the very thing that can help us reform healthcare: free market principles.

So now even people who voted for Obama and his “Hope and Change” message are now very much against the change he heralds.   Many are reassessing their support of an ever-growing government bestowing upon us benefits that we can’t afford and will surely regret as the stage is set for more economic trouble under burgeoning debt and government spending. This big government policy “low pressure system” has now “absorbed” the economic storm that is our debt ridden society. Together they form a perfect storm that could destroy liberal big government dreams.

Where do we go from here? Some say that the Republican Party should “offer an alternative”. You can be sure that Democrats are on their knees hoping they will.   Liberals are desperate to shift attention away from the ObamaCare disaster so they can demonize any Republican alternative as “taking your healthcare away”. So any specific policy alternative Republicans offer at this point in time will not be seriously considered by the liberals in Washington. When the liberals in Congress are willing to actually consider and vote on a serious alternative, the GOP should offer it. But right now Democrats have no interest in a serious “alternative policy”. What they want is an “alternative topic” to shift the criticism away from their failing policy. Painful as it may be, it’s time for the voting public to see and experience what happens when we elect people who want to give you everything you want at a price-financially and otherwise-you can’t pay.

That said, Republicans must take the offensive to shape the debate going forward and the best way to do that is through a full-throated defense of the free market, individual liberty, and a “frequent occurrence to Founding Principles”. In doing so, they will set the stage for that serious alternative that is needed if we are to save both healthcare and our pocket books from the political and policy whirlwind that we are now experiencing.

Meanwhile, strap in for a perfect storm.

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Consider what the leaders of the Democratic Party intended for this perfect storm to do. Are some of them well-intention fools? Yes, but most of them seek personal power. If with just a little effort we could see ObamaCare would OBVIOUSLY not benefit the people it was supposedly intended to help, can’t we rightfully assume they also knew ObamaCare would not work? In fact, the record shows they did know (see CBS: Obama Admin. Knew in 2010 That Millions Would Lose Health Plans).

That means the Democrats KNEW at some point in time ObamaCare and all the other frauds they have been guilty of perpetrating would start coming undone. So they already have a plan. It matters is what that plan is, and it matters whether or not they can execute it.

We know the Democratic Party is filling the judiciary and the federal bureaucracy with party loyalists. We also know that they have already used the IRS to attack their political opponents. We know that President Obama has no trouble abusing the powers of his office. Therefore, if our republic is to survive the Democratic Party’s perfect storming of the Constitution, we must actively expose and oppose their unlawful attacks on our rights, including the election process.

We cannot sit around and just wait for the storm to past. As important as it may be, talk alone will not dissipate this storm. Not even a full-throated defense of the free market, individual liberty, and our nation’s Founding Principles will dissipate this storm. We must fight. We must expose and oppose the Democratic Party’s assault on the institutions of our republic.

Does the leadership of the Republican Party want to fight? No. Therefore, each of us must demand that those who want to lead either lead, follow, or get out of the way. Otherwise, we face tyranny. We condemn our children to be ruled by tyrants and busybody bureaucrats who will abuse them with lethal force.

Look around the world. Look at history. Compare what you see to what our President and his minions have done and are doing. Based upon what they have already done, why should we believe they are not capable of far worse?

8 thoughts on “WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO RIDING OUT THE STORM?

  1. “I hope Lingamfelter is prepared to do more than just talk.”

    What do you want Col. Scott to do, Tom? Talk is what it’s all about in a democracy, Tom. One expresses opinions and, if the quality of the analysis supporting the opinion is sound, one hopes to convince. If one is convincing, one finds support. If one has support, one can have influence with the electorate. If one has influence with the electorate, one can achieve office. If one achieves office, one can affect policy formulation.

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    1. What do I hope Del. Lingamfelter will do? By himself, not much. However, as a delegate, he is suppose to provide some direction.

      Have you thought about the fact Lingamfelter said this?

      Some say that the Republican Party should “offer an alternative”. You can be sure that Democrats are on their knees hoping they will. Liberals are desperate to shift attention away from the ObamaCare disaster so they can demonize any Republican alternative as “taking your healthcare away”. So any specific policy alternative Republicans offer at this point in time will not be seriously considered by the liberals in Washington. When the liberals in Congress are willing to actually consider and vote on a serious alternative, the GOP should offer it.

      Compare that to your own words. If the Republican Party is not even willing to offer policy alternatives JUST BECAUSE THE LIBERALS IN WASHINGTON WON’T LIKE IT, then how is the Republican Party suppose to change the direction of the policies coming out of Washington (or Richmond)?

      When we are trying to undo the damage they have done — throw them out of office — why are we suppose to care what the liberals in Washington think? When they won’t obey the Constitution, when they lie and deceive, when they will not keep their word, we cannot negotiate with them. We can only defeat them.

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  2. I agree with your point about the failure of the Republican Party to offer viable alternatives to many of the things they criticize so vociferously. And I agree more specifically with you (and disagree with Lingamfelter) that an alternative to health care issues is acutely necessary.

    But this reluctance to put out a workable alternative is not “JUST BECAUSE THE LIBERALS WON”T LIKE IT” , it’s because national health care issues are extremely difficult, and the fixes often tend to lead their way back to programs very much like Obamacare (which, in itself, tried to accumulate some support by using a number of conservative proposals to basically keep intact the pre-existing system while extending its coverage and finding ways to drive down its costs). The other reason is that our party is populated by a lot of bomb-throwers whose ideas of governance is just to tear down the Democratic incumbent. We seem to have become virtually incapable of acting positively as a force for quality governance for all the citizens across a range of issues.

    Having said that, and recognizing that your point is well taken that there is a vacuum of leadership within the Republican Party because of its inability to advance workable programs, and recognizing that your point about Lingamfelter’s suggestion that we should just sit back and not offer health care alternatives is quite valid, there still is much to be said for talking about these issues, which is one of the positive functions of the blogosphere, as long as we truly communicate, and not allow ourselves to fall into lazy ideological positions.

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    1. Scout – The problem is not the Republican leadership. The problem is in the mirror.

      The Republican leadership is afraid to lead because they rightfully fear we will not accept the truth. Government does not have a solution. Government cannot guaranteed that everyone will receive healthcare. Using government to provide health care is like trying to use itty-bitty tweezers to hammer big nails. It’s the wrong tool for the job.

      When Lingamfelter says this, he begins to approach the mark.

      That said, Republicans must take the offensive to shape the debate going forward and the best way to do that is through a full-throated defense of the free market, individual liberty, and a “frequent occurrence to Founding Principles”. In doing so, they will set the stage for that serious alternative that is needed if we are to save both healthcare and our pocket books from the political and policy whirlwind that we are now experiencing.

      What Lingamfelter and much of the Republican Party’s leadership neglect to say is that the only serious alternative they have is to let the free market and honest charity work without government interference. Government can and should regulate the economy, but it has no business trying to force people into contracts they don’t want.

      Government exists to protect our rights, and health care is not a right. We cannot even define such a right. So it is that when we insist other people give us a “right to health care,” we are merely using the word “right” as rationalization for stealing. Therefore, when politicians promise us health care as a right, at best their arguments rest upon a false premise. At worse, they lie. In either event, because what they want to do is both illogical and immoral, they cannot make it work.

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  3. Of course there is no “right” to health care, just as there is no “right” to an interstate highway system or a “right” to a Center for Disease Control. However, that doesn’t mean that the People cannot, if their elected representatives can reach agreement, decide that regulations should be imposed on providers of health insurance. There are many functions of the federal government that are well within the ambit of its constitutional powers that are not directly related to defense of a constitutionally granted “right”.

    Of course, as you suggest, it is also possible for the People to decide that there be no governmental involvement at all in health issues. I doubt, however, that such a decision would accurately reflect the will of the People.

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    1. Scout – Is there something sacred about the will of the People? The people cannot be wrong? Do you take a poll before you decide the difference between right and wrong? No? Then why are you insisting that I do so?

      Let’s get back to reasoned argument, and let’s not conflate unrelated subjects with each other. When we are talking about healthcare, aren’t we talking about one person receiving a personal benefit at the expense of another? If I break my leg, what gives me the right to FORCE anyone to pay for my care? The power of government? The power of the majority makes it right? Since when?

      The missions of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Weather Service and many other agencies involve providing services that protect the general public. The CDC, for example, focuses on epidemics, not treating individuals. That makes any kind of fee for service model problematic. That is, unless we grant it a monopoly, no private company has a viable business model that would allow it to provide the same sort of service. Yet all of us receive transparently obvious benefits. Because these services save lives AND WE HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE, we use the power of government to pay for them. That’s the same argument we use to justify the police, the court system, and the military.

      That said, whenever possible, the person receiving a service from the government should pay for it. Even though the Federal Transportation Administration may be constitutional, the way we fund it is plainly wrong. So long as the money is used just to pay for the road we drive on, it is right and proper that we pay a toll. When we do not have to do so, just giving our leaders money and expecting them to spend it properly, if not immoral, is stupid. That’s how we get schemes for bridges to nowhere in Alaska.

      Just as we should fear to be taxed without fair representation, we should also fear those who have representation without taxation. In the latter lies the beginnings of tyranny.

      BTW – With respect to health care, the Democrats have so twisted the meaning of the term “insurance,” it is a lie to say ObamaCare is about health insurance. When preexisting conditions are covered, for example, we are no longer talking about insurance. We are talking about charity.

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  4. The will of the People has to mean something in a democracy, Tom. Sure, it can be wrong. (I have no doubt that a majority of Americans in 1942 thought it was a great idea to put American Citizens of Japanese descent in concentration camps). But our Founders gave us fairly useful machinery for sorting out errors.

    The alternative to protecting ourselves against times when majority sentiments are “wrong” are rather frightening in application. We could appoint you (or someone else) to veto any otherwise lawfully passed and judicially upheld measure because of your (or whoever’s) countervailing view of what is right or wrong, moral or immoral, just or unjust, but what we have now actually works rather well. There are checks and balances. It is very difficult for any small group to run away with the Republic.

    If you think it bad policy (or have other objections) to require coverage of pre-existing conditions, use the political process to elect sufficient numbers of representatives (or the right President) who agree with you and change it.

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    1. When majority wants to do something wrong, there is only one alternative that protects the rights of both the majority and the minority. The People must be honorable; they must honor a moral code that they believe requires them to respect each others rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      Look at what is happening. By degrees we are giving up our rights to make our own choices. Name any major activity, from how we rear our children to what we eat, and you find government, for our own good supposedly, has already deprived us of many of rights once enjoyed by Americans.

      When we read the Constitution, for example, as its writers intended it to be understood, we honor the truth as we best understand it. On the other hand, when we can find in the Constitution whatever we wish, we find it far easier to trample the rights of the minority. Of course, there is a practical problem with that. At one time or another, we all find ourselves in the minority.

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