To quote Sidney Hook, in his introduction to the compiled works of Thomas Paine, "government may enact measures that are unjust, so long as criticism and the right to dissent are not abridged." The passage of the health-care law was fraught with cajoling, downright deceit, unfulfilled promises and giveaways -- all to garner a positive vote. Integrity is a foreign word to the liberal politician. My dissent will be at the ballot box!
Recently I heard a young man who was very upset at having to pay health care for the elderly. I would like to have told him: "Say the same thing when and if you get old!" He probably will be a future Tea Party participant. I also would tell him that there are no atheists in foxholes. Maybe he will be the exception and will never grow old. I won't be around when he reaches my age, but he will experience the old adage that "old age ain't for sissies."
I implore all those who do not favor this law to not resort to name-calling like the speaker of the House and her ilk. Show your dissent in November. Do not dignify their diatribes!
(The writer is a retired U.S. Army first sergeant.)