Back in the 1980’s, some saw the Reagan presidency as being a fulfillment of Orwell’s “prophecy” of government control over the individual: art predicting life.
As it turned out, the opposite was true. President Reagan worked to free the individual as well as business, which opened up one of the longest runs of economic prosperity in American history.
Since the Reagan era we have witnessed a massive expansion of government power and size, with ever- increasing control over the individual.
Big-government statists took advantage of our preoccupation with our everyday lives to usurp individual rights and diminish our liberties.
Under the Clinton administration, we witnessed an attempt to control of the individual in the push to nationalize health care.
The administration claimed that national health care would be good for all Americans, but it was another effort to usurp freedom in the name of personal health care security.
Hillary Care was stopped dead by a handful of doctors, the insurance lobby, and a small number of informed citizens, who exposed the chilling details of government-run health care. This led to large Republican gains in the 1994 mid-term elections, helped by Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America.
By the late 1990’s, Americans were largely becoming apathetic regarding their rights, but there appeared to be no imminent danger. Fat and happy, many of us slept. We slept as the HIPAA law was enacted and regulations regarding our medical information privacy began taking shape. It was controversial even at that time in that it would set the stage for greater controls over your information.
This law massively increased costs to health providers, with no improvement in access to care or in confidentiality of patient information.
Under President Obama, we’ve seen the federal government engage in wholesale trampling of the Constitution to the point of violating the entire Bill of Rights.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) was written in record time behind closed doors and rushed to passage through Congress with representatives and senators admitting that they had not read the bill. No Republicans in either house supported the measure. This law allows government to control all aspects of our individual health care in the name of cost containment and includes:
- Government ownership of our health records
- Bureaucratic management of our health (the “death panels”).
- Diminished ability to select your own physician.
- Likely physician and hospital shortages
- Mandatory purchase of government-defined insurance product
In 2012, we saw the National Defense Authorization Act take on a more ominous tone. This allows the president to imprison any American without due process and effectively suspends Habeas Corpus. Congress and the president again showed their disdain for the American people by pushing this through behind closed doors.
On March 16, 2012 President Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness Order which effectively gives the president control over all resources of the nation including food, livestock, water and transportation. All resources can be seized and placed under federal control in the event of a “national emergency!”
Another recent executive order will make any protest in the vicinity of a Secret Service controlled operation or activity illegal, including when a protected person is attending or participating in an event. This can be used to stop protests when President Obama is in town campaigning for reelection.
With the passage of the aforementioned laws and the issuance of executive orders diminishing the impact of the first 10 Constitutional Amendments, the government is saying “Your rights are gone, we are in control”.
President Washington said it best when he stated “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
Ronald Reagan added “Government is not the solution; government is the problem.”
With every government “solution,” our rights shrink and government control over individuals increases.
We have a choice. We can work to elect Constitutional Representatives, Senators and a President to bring the federal government back into line with the Constitution and restore our liberties and unalienable rights. Returning power to state and local governments is part of this solution.