Monday, September 03, 2007

What About This Surprises?

It seems that presidential candidate John Edwards (D-LaLa Land) has come out of the closet to admit that his plan for socialized medicine (as opposed to those from his Democrat competitors) would explicitly require doctor visits.

What about this is surprising? Democrats (with some GOP support) succeeded in socializing half of the medical system with the passage of Medicare in 1965. They've spent many years attempting to tell the rest of us how to live our lives. Why should this surprise? If government becomes responsible for our health care, then it logically follows that government should be able to tell us how to live in order to avoid the pathologies which cause increased medical costs. The far Left and nanny-state types started with tobacco use, since it is difficult to argue against the proposition that smoking cigarettes can, in the long term, cause disease. The crusade against the "vile weed" has gotten so absurd that, a few weeks ago, I learned that one is prohibited from smoking even in cigar stores in Anchorage, Alaska.

Of course, soon (and even now, among the vanguard) they will tell us to avoid carbohydrates, saturated fats, butter, and other cholesterol.

These are the wages of conceding to the incrementalism of the far Left. It would be refreshing if the "go-along-to-get-along" contingent of the GOP would recognize the folly of their desire for collegiality. These people wish to control our lives. If we don't oppose them, soon many will wake up to learn that it is too late to reclaim lost liberties. Short of violent revolution, that is.

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