By the time you are reading this post, The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare will be known to you. What does the Culture War have to do with SCOTUS and its decision on Obamacare? They are very much tied together. Allow me to make my case.
John Stossel in his article, In Praise of Discrimination, is scared about what may happen if SCOTUS rules all or some of Obamacare unconstitutional:
I fear that even if the Supreme Court overrules most of Obamacare (or did already, by the time you read this), Republicans will join Democrats in restoring “good” parts of the law, like the requirement that insurance companies cover kids up to age 26 and every American with a pre-existing condition.
Those parts of Obamacare are popular. People like getting what they think is free stuff…
Of course it is not free. Someone has to pay. My point is this was not always they way that most Americans felt. Expecting freebies from government was not always part of our culture. Our culture has changed and not for the better. In his article, Stossel reminds us that discrimination isn’t always a bad thing. We discriminate when we decide what to eat for breakfast and to whom we decide to marry and when we decide which car we will buy and, etc. Discrimination against high risk clients, Stossel rightly points out, is what make the insurance business model work.
No-discrimination insurance isn’t insurance. It’s welfare. If the politicians’ plan was to create another government welfare program, they ought to own up to that instead of hiding the cost.
But “fairness” is the word that echos through the halls of government day after day. And the insurance industry in many cases caved-in.
Caving was safer than fighting the president and Congress, and caving seemed to provide the industry with benefits. Insurance companies wouldn’t have to work as hard. They wouldn’t have to carefully analyze risk. They’d be partners with government — fat and lazy, another sleepy bureaucracy feeding off the welfare state. Alcoholics, drug addicts and the obese won’t have to pay any more than the rest of us.
Another cultural abomination, the corporate/government partnership. Cronyism is destroying our great nation.
Robert Burke has a very good article at American Thinker today, in which he probes the fault of our cultural decline. He starts out:
They took prayer out of the schools. We grumbled, but did nothing. They took George Washington’s portrait out of the classrooms. We grumbled, but did nothing. They started teaching collective socialist doctrine to our children. We grumbled, but did nothing.
They started awarding trophies to every player in school team sports, winners and losers. They replaced health classes with sex education, and taught it to grade school children. They promoted failing students in the name of self esteem. We grumbled, but did nothing.
The list of attacks by the socialist/Marxist in our society against our culture goes on and on and our response was sadly to do nothing. The bottom line of Burke’s article is that the socialist/Marxist are guilty of sins of commission and “We The People” have been guilty of the sin of omission. Burke finishes hist article saying:
The tail has wagged the dog for too long. It’s time for the dog to have his day.
I’m not sure it is time yet for the dog to have his day. A Renaissance follows a time of darkness, does it not? I am reminded of a fable I read at a blog a year or so ago. A stranger walking down a hot dusty road stops at a farm house and asks the old man there for a glass of water. The old man invites the stranger to take a seat on the porch and brings hom a glass of water and they sit and talk. There¡s an old hound dog laying on the porch that keeps groaning and occasionally lets out with a yelp. This goes on for a while and finally the stranger asks: “What’s the matter with yer dawg?” The old man replies: “Oh, he’s probably laying on a nail sticken outa the porch.” The stranger thinks for a moment and then asks: “Well, why don’t he just move?” The old man shrugged his shoulders and said: “I guess he ain’t hurtten enough yet.” Maybe that’s the case with America today. Maybe we haven’t suffered enough yet.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?