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Rationing Our Rights

By Ken Blackwell · Feb. 18, 2012

Editor’s Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison

They said it would never lead to rationing. But rationing is already here. Under the latest assault by the Obama administration, they are rationing our rights. Tens of millions of Catholics – and tens of millions of the rest of us – are having our religious liberty crushed by the latest health care mandate from HHS. The legislation that President Obama signed with a flourish in 2010 was supported by not a single Republican. The election of 2010 resulted in a massive electoral “shellacking,” the president’s own word, that cost the Democrats their majority in the House and serious losses in thousands of state legislative contests. Ignoring all that, they advance.

The National Archives saluted the Fourth of July in 2010 with a breathless announcement. Just four months after Vice President Joe Biden hailed the signing of historic healthcare legislation as a “big [expletive deleted] deal,” the folks at the Archives told us that they had discovered a previously unnoticed correction in an early Thomas Jefferson draft of the Declaration of Independence. Young Mr. Jefferson had written the word “Subjects.” Then, he struck that word and penned the word “Citizens.”

The National Archives informed us meaningfully that this was the first time in American history that we were so-called Citizens. Will future Archivists be able to pinpoint the signing of Obamacare as that moment in time when we became Subjects once again?

What else can we be but Subjects if we have to go hat in hand to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius for a waiver from Obamacare? Thousands of waivers have been granted. But not to the Catholic Bishops. Not to Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, or Missouri Synod Lutherans. We don’t qualify for waivers. You have to be a big union or a crony capitalist to qualify for waivers from this administration.

Do you recall: “If you like your current health care coverage, you can keep it”? President Obama cooed soothingly. Eighty-five percent of us did like the health care we had before Obamacare was thrust upon us. Now, if we keep our current plans, they will be unrecognizable. It’s like Henry Ford said: You can have any color Model T you want so long as it’s black.

This HHS health care mandate is the gravest assault on religious liberty in American history. We must legislate against it. We must sue in federal court. We must line up behind the twenty-six states that are already challenging Obamacare in federal court.

Those states – and literally hundreds of “friends of the court” who have submitted briefs against this unconstitutional and unconscionable bill – make the powerful point that when King George III and the British Parliament laid a tax on tea, even they would not have presumed to make us buy the tea.

With this latest Sebelius diktat, we are being forced to drink the tea. The HHS mandate will force us to violate our consciences and provide drugs that can cause abortions. To us, killing unborn children at any stage is never health care. It is a grave sin.

So, we must strenuously oppose this HHS mandate. But we cannot ignore the storm warnings. This mandate does not include RU-486, the lethal drug that causes later abortions than those that can be caused by ella and Plan B. These are included. Why does this administration exempt RU-486 and all surgical abortions?

The logic of their position is this: abortion is a fundamental right; abortion is a legitimate means of family planning; abortion should be spread around the world by UNFPA and Planned Parenthood and funded by American taxpayers.

But they have not included such later lethal drugs and such killing procedures in their entering bid. Why not?

Abraham Lincoln spoke out most eloquently not just about the terrible 1857 Dred Scott ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also showed where it would lead. In his justly famous “House Divided” speech of 1858, Lincoln said:

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.“

He showed with relentless logic that the principle that underlay that infamous court ruling was that slaves were property, that their owners could take them into the territories, and Congress had no power to prevent that. But if slaves are property and only property, then how can an owner be prevented from taking his "property” – his slaves – into the free states? Lincoln showed that we were just one court ruling away from abolishing all the free states. Logically, we would become all slave or all free. We could not “tend” toward both eventualities.

The Obama administration today tells us we must provide drugs that can cause abortions.

Tomorrow, they will tell us we must provide the abortions. The logic is inescapable.

Against what they do today, we must resist. Against they threaten to do to us tomorrow, we must resist, as well. If they do these things in the green wood, what will they do in the dry?


Richard Ryan said:

mmccrindle it`s a truly scary prospect. I am seventy-eight years of age. My father only passed away two years ago at the age of one hundred and two. I am a reasonably healthy person and with any luck, and a reasonable amount of health care, I should have several more years of life ahead of me. Will I be allowed to enjoy this, or will the soulless bastard in White House and his clan of communists allow that. It`s not a happy prospect at this time.Richard RyanLamar,Missouri - Birthplace of Harry S Truman

Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Eleanor in AK said:

If they make us pay for abortions today, then tomorrow they will make us undergo an abortion! Think not? Look at the smoking regulations. First, it was warnings on labels. Now, bars, hospitals and workplaces must be smoke-free. Tomorrow, it will be a crime to smoke in your car if a child is in the car. Eventually,they will force the smoking industry to move offshore. Look at trans-fats and the anti-obesity campaign. Happy Meals are banned in San Francisco. Where is the outrage?

Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM

BrianK in Northwest Arkansas said:

@Pamela: Here in Arkansas it already IS a crime to smoke in a car with a child under 6. In fact, it is a primary stop, i.e. the police can pull you over for it without any other probable cause.

Monday, February 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

India in GA said:

"The National Archives informed us meaningfully that this was the first time in American history that we were so-called Citizens. Will future Archivists be able to pinpoint the signing of Obamacare as that moment in time when we became Subjects once again?"Another homerun!!

Monday, February 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

It should be a crime to smoke in a car, or your own living room, with your defenseless children breathing your crap. Who is supposed to be caring for them? YOU ARE, and you are not doing so by exposing them to carcinogenic cigarette smoke. No, I am not a liberal, but I am a parent who would punch another adult who smokes in the immediate presence of my children so that they are having to breathe the smoker's exhalations, and errant smoke. Smoking is stupid, period. It creates great expense for all of us in paying for the extraordinary medical attention needed by smokers. I am 59, hike 5 miles at a whack several times a month, am not severely overweight, and try to take care of my health SO THAT I AM NOT A BURDEN TO OTHERS.

Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Bruce R Pierce said:

BoFromTexas; That is commendable that you take care of your body as such. Remember this that when man was Created he was given Liberty to do as He wished, not even God interferes with that Liberty until the old Heaven and Earth pass away. God has not relinquished that Natural Law to anyone. That means no Man has the Right to take away that Liberty from any Man. The minute that man attempts to take away that Liberty from another Tyranny starts, that alone brings back the Natural Law of being able to protect ones Life, Liberty and Property.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM