Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act turned four on March 23, 2014, Although the House voted 54 times to undo, revamp or tweak the law, it lives on, even as it undergoes frequent alterations and delays to its mandates while continuing to alter the finances and lives of millions of Americans.
We cannot help but observe, neither can the American Thinker, that this same day also marks the 239th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in 1775. Henry is spinning in his grave. We must surmise about half of modern America is comfortable with servitude. We must also hold out hope that that most Americans still don’t realize what they have forsaken.
It is the duty of every liberty-loving citizen to educate their fellow man of both the urgency and danger of this moment in our Republic. The expanding financial cost and loss of both freedom and privacy embedded in dark recesses of the health care law are only surpassed by President Obama’s gross usurpation of power as he changes key components of his own signature legislation via executive orders, rendering the separation of powers weaker with each passing day.
In his famous speech, Patrick Henry describes our current folly, “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.” Our collective acceptance of servitude bears less resemblance to Homer’s swine than to sheep in the pasture and the shepherd’s staff has been replaced with a “pen and a phone.”