In control - and out of control

With health-care vote, government took this country from its people

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Rarely in a free country has a sense of elation among its leaders been so overwhelmingly matched with a feeling of dread among the people.

The morning after Democratic leaders toasted their health-care reform victory with champagne, Americans who respect the Constitution and the values that made this country the world's lone superpower -- self-reliance, individual liberty, thrift, limited government and more -- are wondering if the American experiment is ending before their eyes.

Democrats in Washington have voted to turn America into a European-style socialistic society, with unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional, federal power over both states and individuals on truly life-or-death matters. Sweeping new mandates will order individuals to buy health insurance and will fine business owners for not providing it. The Internal Revenue Service will be beefed up to make sure of it.

At a time of joblessness and uncertainty second only to the Great Depression, the Democrats have passed one of the biggest job-killing bills in the country's history -- crushing mandates and taxes on businesses, when regulation and taxation ought to be lessened to spur an economic recovery.

At a time when government-run Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all facing insolvency or unsustainability, the government has now taken upon itself to run the entire health-care system -- one-sixth of the economy.

At a time when this country is already passing trillions of dollars of debt onto future generations, Democrats have just voted to hand our children trillions more in debt. How could this not be remembered as the most selfish generation in history?

A number of liberals around the country, and perhaps moderates and independents, are alarmingly sanguine about this and other leaps down the path of socialism. Socialism has never worked for long as an economic model -- and as a political instrument, it is absolutely anathema to the individual liberties upon which this country was founded.

When Barack Obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform America, he wasn't kidding.

Most Americans -- a majority oppose this health-care bill -- are increasingly distressed and heartbroken at the direction their country is headed.

But the good thing is that they are angry , too -- and it's an anger that will lead them to rise up against what is happening.

It's likely the Tea Party movement will grow exponentially now. This year's elections will be the most spirited, populated and pivotal in generations. And dozens of states are already planning legal challenges to the bill.

Indeed, the bill ignores states' rights and trashes the 10th Amendment, and remarkably establishes a heretofore unheard-of right of the federal government to force you to buy a service: health insurance. (By the way, it is in no way analogous to state mandates for car insurance; driving on public roads has ever been a privilege, not a right).

Nor do we yet know all the ways this byzantine 2,400-page power grab will change our lives and alter our sacred contract with the government -- a contract that we, the people, were supposed to be in control of.

No longer. Your federal government is at once in control and out of control.

What effect will Medicare cuts and government rationing have on senior citizens' health care? Vast majorities of Americans are satisfied with their health insurance; how will this bill affect them? How will employers resist dropping that coverage, when federal fines for doing so are less than the cost of coverage? How will the body politic absorb the cost?

How intrusive will government efforts to require you to have insurance turn out to be? Are Americans really willing to live in such a nation?

Is the American experiment on life-support? Does the Constitution mean anything anymore? How much freedom are we willing to hand over in the name of government health care?

This long ago ceased to be about extending health care to the uninsured or lowering health-care costs. There are much less meddlesome, and much more effective, ways to have done that. This is about growing the power and reach of the leviathan in Washington -- and about creating a larger dependent class that will be ever-more reliant on the caprices of a paternalistic bureaucracy and the diminished private sector forced to fund it.

Be careful what you wish for: An American patriot once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." If this government can take over health care -- and car companies and financial institutions and the student loan program and more -- what's next? If your health care is the federal government's business, what isn't?

We must take this country back, for it is being taken from us.

It has to start in the streets, with protests and rallies -- such as the one the evening of April 15 at the Augusta Common.

It must continue with the upcoming elections. Those who do not respect the limited role of the federal government as clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution must be turned out of office.

And students at every level must be taught once again the infinite wisdom of the restraints on government so beautifully articulated in our founding documents.

Surely a country once strong and gallant enough to liberate Europe and the Pacific can rescue itself from a ruin of its own making.

Pray it can. And then take action to make it so.

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coco rubio
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coco rubio 03/23/10 - 09:47 am
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the sky is falling..... the

the sky is falling..... the sky is falling.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 09:47 am
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Perhaps, or perhaps you have

Perhaps, or perhaps you have been mislead. We'll see.

augustadog
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augustadog 03/23/10 - 09:48 am
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Reformed you did not answer

Reformed you did not answer questions 2 or 3 . Go back and re read them. As far as the Patriot Act, after 9-11, I cannot understand anyone being upset with wiretapping anyone who may be planning the next major terroist attack against our country.By the way, your President just extended the Patriot Act so find a new line.
You Socialist Freeloaders better enjoy yourselfs because beginning November we will begin to return government back to the people.
As previously stated, even the liberal press is reporting that the MAJORITY of the people disprove the unconstitutional Health Bill rammed down our throats and the continued dragging us into socialism.
Thanks to the Augusta Chronicle for their editorial which truly represents the Majority. Keep up the good work!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 09:49 am
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Does anyone know how many

Does anyone know how many illegal workers will get amnesty in this bill?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 09:49 am
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Keep laughing coco, keep

Keep laughing coco, keep laughing. I'm reminded of the commercial where in the end the teenager goes "wait" "what"!

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 09:51 am
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Ummm no bettyboop but I will

Ummm no bettyboop but I will be watching the news like a hawk, the very minute something happens and someone dies from this hate you guys are spewing towards Obama using inciting words like BLOODBATH, I will for sure direct Homeland Security to your post and screen name.

confederate american
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confederate american 03/23/10 - 09:52 am
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Reformedrepub,Notreally,justu

Reformedrepub,Notreally,justus4,jack234,I would love to meet everyone of you INTERNET RAMBOS face to face just to see what you are all about,most is BS we all know that.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 09:55 am
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Confederate American can you

Confederate American can you direct me to your website you started in protest to the KKK and Nazi lovers who uses your flag for HATE. Is there a site or information I can read about people, groups, or causes who demand they stop using it. If not would you start one?

dani
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dani 03/23/10 - 09:58 am
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I can recall a few months ago

I can recall a few months ago when some thought that with the election of Obama all their problems would be over. Yet, today it's the same old story,and they continue to believe that Obama is their "saviour". Same folks, same story, still feeling sorry for themselves.

CarlosC
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CarlosC 03/23/10 - 09:57 am
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"I'm telling Mommy Janet!"

"I'm telling Mommy Janet!" boo hoo hoo

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 10:00 am
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confederate_american what

confederate_american what about meeting, cliff, bettyboop, cain, jack234, jack, southernguy08, irish, wizzard, justthefacts, and a host of others who post online, why just us? LOL.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 09:59 am
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And dani don't forget the

And dani don't forget the same folks who hate him as well nothing has changed with those on the right as well.

augustadog
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augustadog 03/23/10 - 10:01 am
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Notreally, the Sons of

Notreally, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which I am a member of, SCV.ORG, does the best job of reporting the truth about the War between the states and reverance for the flags of the south.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 10:04 am
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Augusta reformed I did answer

Augusta reformed I did answer the second and third questions sufficiently for my purposes, I don't care about yours. As far as November is concerned, we'll see, we'll see. It all depends on how many lies Republicans can get the ignorant to believe. You seem to forget that your strategy didn't work in 2006, in the mid-terms, didn't work for the 2008 Presidential or Congressional elections. What makes you think that Americans will all of the sudden turn stupid? We all know the Republican Party as the party of NO, the party of the wealthy upper class that ignores the working middle class like me, who pays for the government.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 10:05 am
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augustadog ok let me go to

augustadog ok let me go to that site, but in the mean time how VOCAL are they, I have never seen ANY of those at the KKK rallies and such proclaiming it out in the OPEN. Maybe they need to start, oh wait, if they do, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will become a target of theirs right, so this is why you guys are SILENT and just don't want the turmoil.

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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 10:06 am
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Augustadog, that's true, but

Augustadog, that's true, but just as Islam doesn't LOUDLY protest the extremists it has, I've NEVER seen SOCV protest against the KKK and it's agenda. Silence is tacit approval, in anyone's book.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 10:14 am
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augustadog I went to your

augustadog I went to your site will read more on it, it's good this portion is on your membership application: Furthermore, I declare that I am not a member of any anti-American or hate group such as the KKK, neo-Nazi or other White supremacy organization, including groups whose objectives are contrary to the mission and purpose of the SCV as
described above and in official SCV literature.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 10:17 am
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RR, not to pick on every one

RR, not to pick on every one of your statements, but, really, you have to know that the "upper wealthy" pay the vast majority of the cost of gov't. The Top 5% pay 65%.

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grouse 03/23/10 - 10:36 am
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The Chronicle is calling for
Unpublished

The Chronicle is calling for insurrection? This is an irresponsible editorial which goes beyond being sore losers. This is treasonous!

butler123
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butler123 03/23/10 - 10:40 am
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What the dems don't know is

What the dems don't know is why this is really going to take a couple years to go into effect. Building up the coffers is only an excuse. They want to wait until after 2012 because all these poor souls who thought they wanted this bill are going to be in for a real kick in the stomach when they get to see how it works.

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dcreader 03/23/10 - 10:41 am
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This fearmongering editorial

This fearmongering editorial plays fast and loose with the facts, ignores reality (socialism? Really? For God's sake) and is deeply irresponsible. Rhetoric such as "take our country back" is vile. I'm horrified that a newspaper would print such rubbish. Disagree with the bill, as I do, disagree with the policy, as I do, but don't incite fear.

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CarlosC 03/23/10 - 10:46 am
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grouse - "Congress shall make

grouse - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

CarlosC
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CarlosC 03/23/10 - 10:47 am
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GAterp 03/23/10 - 11:01 am
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People are free to assemble

People are free to assemble and act as stupidly and irreverently as they want. Nobody can stop stupidity, we have seen that in this country for a long time. And just the facts, I'm one who disapproves of Obama's handling of health care. He should not have taken a whole year to do what could have been done in several months. He sought some form of bipartisanship with the GOP, but got nothing, nada, zippo. Complaints and whining talk show propaganda is all that comes out of GOP congress people. So with that in mind, lets move the agenda without these whiny losers.

butler123
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butler123 03/23/10 - 11:05 am
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The dems keep talking about

The dems keep talking about how well these systems work for other countries, but these other countries don't have millions of people already bilking the system for food stamps and welfare. It would have been hard enough to pay for before, how in the world do they expect to pay for it when so many of the middle class who pay for everything are out of work. Jobs should have been the priority.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 11:07 am
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dcreader, with the take over

dcreader, with the take over of ING, GM, Fanny Mae, the Banks, and now the HC industry, the gov't now controls a substantial portion of the country. At what point do you feel we should address the threat?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/23/10 - 11:09 am
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REFORMED, like most liberals,
Unpublished

REFORMED, like most liberals, you avoid the question. I asked what rights YOU lost with Republicans in power? Neither did you answer if deficits should be ignored simply since Democrats are in power. You did answer that you have faith in this government to run our healthcare, which, given the facts, tells me a lot about your mindset.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 11:12 am
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Gaterp, you're assertion that

Gaterp, you're assertion that the Obama tried to work with the Republicans is bizarre. Show me where he offered to include one single Republican proposal in his plan.

CarlosC
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CarlosC 03/23/10 - 11:42 am
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Can/will any of the Pro-Obama

Can/will any of the Pro-Obama commenters explain this to us? If you are able to, I promise to hush and let y'all be.

"When there's a bill that ends up on my desk as President, you the public will have 5 days to look online to find out what's in it before I sign it"
-- Candidate Obama

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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 11:46 am
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Whatever, Southernguy. That's

Whatever, Southernguy. That's why Republicans such as Ron Paul(for whom I'd have voted had the Republican Party not marginalized him)
are opposed to the Patriot Act. And yes, I have more faith in the government, since for the past many decades, the healthcare industry has spent more money than God to influence the government. Many of the proposals that are in this plan, or were rejected, such as the public option were originally REPUBLICAN ideas from the Clinton era. You guys aren't about anything except rejecting anything proffered by Democrats, and you are hurting yourselves, this country and your party. Nothing but marginalized radicals who think that your whining and misrepresentation of facts will get you somewhere. The upcoming elections will prove you wrong, Americans will speak one more time. When you lose again, what will you cry then?

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