The American philosopher George Santayana said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I think we can also add to this quote, “as well as those who refuse to remember it.” There are many today who fall into this second category.
In a recent post on the American Thinker blog, the writer Dennis Lund, discusses how our current administration is very similar to the King of England, when the American colonies decided to form their own nation. He looks at the grievances which are outlined in the “Declaration of Independence” and taken from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”.
Here are just two of the points made in the American Thinker post:
“[E]rected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people“ – Obamacare provides for 16,000 new IRS agents to ensure our obedience. The president has appointed 43 “czars” of which 33 were not subject to Senate approval. The EPA is now used as a tool to punish enemies of the state such as Arch Coal, BP and Shell.
“[I]mposing Taxes on us without our Consent” — ObamaCare was passed against the will of the people on the grounds that it was not a tax, the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, resulting in celebrations by the statists. The law was not even read by many members of Congress who voted to impose their will upon us.
Like King George, King Obama is imposing his rule upon us at every turn. Who knows what other mandates like Obamacare are on the horizon.
There were 28 principles which our Founding Fathers were guided by when they wrote the Constitution. These 28 principles were agreed on by all and these defined our nation. One of these principles is as follows:
Principle 15 - The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation:
1. The Freedom to try.
2. The Freedom to buy.
3. The Freedom to sell.
4. The Freedom to fail. – From “Learn the Constitution”
The freedom to buy, the freedom to sell, two keys to the free enterprise system. Obamacare takes these freedoms away from the American citizen. This flies in the face of what the Founding Fathers believed and it is why we cannot let this happen again. We need a Mandate Amendment to the Constitution. We must stop any more government mandates.
“Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” Thomas Paine “Common Sense”