Stand Up And Be Heard

On January 12th, I was laid off from the job I held for more than 10 years. When I lost my job, I lost my health insurance. Unemployment does not pay enough to cover the cost of basic health care for my family. Well, it would, if I stopped paying the house payment, the truck payment, and all the other essential bills.

As you know from reading my previous entries, I am working on developing some working relationships with some of the business contacts I have made over the past decade. I’m starting my own small business and things are falling into place. It’s just a matter of time before I start making enough money to pay for all those essential bills as well as health care.

You’d think, after being out of work for more than six months, I might support President Obama’s health care “reform”, but I don’t. It’s no secret that our current system needs work, but I am opposed to the sweeping reforms he has proposed, and I refuse to believe his plan is the only alternative.

After reading through his proposals and the current legislation being discussed in Washington, D.C., I need only think of my Great-Aunt who lives in Canada to know that our elected officials are on the threshold of making one of the biggest mistakes in our nation’s history. While actually limiting our choices (yes, it’s true, no matter what the White House wants you to believe), and limiting our options (believe me, procedures that are not cost effective will not be covered), this plan will also place an unfair burden on average citizens as well as small businesses.

It’s not about the money, it’s about the principle of the point. Why should I, as a small business owner, have to pay an increased amount of taxes to help pay for this new health care plan when others will not have an increased liability? If we’re going to socialize medicine, shouldn’t each person pay a fair share? But enough about the pros and cons of the health care plan, you can find the details just about anywhere on the Internet. At least for the moment you can.

Who knows what may happen tomorrow.

President Barack Obama is leading us down the road to socialism, even quicker than I thought possible. I knew it was going to happen. I wrote about it several times during the campaign. What I didn’t expect (so soon) was the level of government intrusion and the violation of our Constitutional rights.

On Tuesday, the White House released a “blog entry” titled, “Facts Are Stubborn Things“, which included the following statement.

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

That’s right. The White House is asking citizens to report citizens just for disagreeing on the subject of health care. The White House is trying to imply there is an “underground” movement and they want you to help them track the people who might be part of it, who might not support the President’s plan, who might say something “fishy” about healthcare. Sixty percent of U.S. citizens disagree with the way he’s handling health care. How do 60% of the people hide underground?

If we don’t agree with his health care proposals, President Barack Obama wants to intimidate us into keeping quiet. By asking citizens to report their fellow citizens and neighbors for simply disagreeing politically, President Obama and the White House are violating our first amendment rights.

What is the White House doing with the lists of names and email addresses being collected? What does the White House plan to do to those who disagree with his plan? It doesn’t matter. The First Amendment prohibits the government from abridging the freedom of speech and according to U.S. Code Title 5 § 552a, government agencies, including the Executive Branch, shall,

“maintain no record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained or unless pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity.”

Am I intimidated by the actions of this administration? Not in the slightest, in fact, I am not shocked, appalled, or otherwise taken aback by their actions either. Barack Obama made it clear from day one that he was going to bring “fundamental change” to our country. He said so himself. He promised change and by all accounts, he’s definitely brought it.

I am surprised, however, that the fundamental change he was talking about included violating and ignoring our own Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our nation, and he clearly does not give a damn about it.

The President is violating my first amendment rights by attempting to abridge my right to speak my mind on political issues and he is clearly violating Title 5, Section 552a of the U.S. Code while doing so.

You would think that President Obama, a former Constitutional Law professor, would know more about our Constitution and the current law. Whether you agree with his policies or not, that doesn’t give him the right to trample the U.S. Constitution whenever he wants.

It’s clear that President Obama does not care about preserving, protecting or defending the Constitution of the United States. Do you?