Jean Barwick: Hidden agenda? Not so much . . .
By Jean Barwick
Over the last several months we have seen the Democrats seize unprecedented control over major banks, the auto industry, energy and healthcare. Our new president, by raw and daring political power, has moved our country dangerously close to the long-promised socialist takeover of the United States. What was once a hidden and secret socialist agenda quietly advanced by a handful of global elitists is now out in the open and moving with brazen speed toward a planned Marxist economy.
No other issue better defines the socialist agenda than health care. The progressives decided long ago that the health care debate, like the environmental debate, like the energy debate, is no longer a debate. The discussion is over and 88 million Americans who are satisfied with their health care should get on board and sacrifice themselves to the federal government and its noble effort to save the 7-10 million American citizens who will remain without health care coverage. Once again, government math rears its ugly head and we are being forced to swallow the "fair to a few means less for all" pill.
To grasp what's going on with health care, we must realize that the Democrat’s agenda is global, not domestic. The United Nations has released countless statements about restricting global resource use among affluent societies to "prudent" limits while the poor raise their living standards. The call for long-term global governance is loud and clear. Few can doubt that President Obama expects that the United Nations validates our existence as a nation, and he eagerly leverages more and more of our resources to the UN to secure that validation. Government-controlled health care will certainly restrict resource use to "prudent" limits and bring our affluent society to its knees before the UN.
The reckless nationalization of manufacturing and banking institutions, profligate spending and money printing, and unprecedented national debt by this administration are creating a confluence of economic conditions that have the potential to drive our economy into collapse. With that collapse will come rationing of health care and other resources.
Guiding the president's agenda are nearly 40 populist demagogues sequestered in the Executive Branch and insulated from congressional oversight – not that oversight in this congress is particularly useful to anyone these days. Several of these "special policy advisors", or re-branded czars, are socialists, and one is a self-avowed and published communist.
Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel serves as the White House Health Reform Policy Advisor. Dr. Emmanuel summed up the demographics of the Obama health care plan this way in January: "When implemented, the “complete lives system” produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated." Yes, attenuated means rationed. The “complete lives system” means your constitutionally guaranteed right to self-determination is gone.
This year the Veteran’s Administration’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care resuscitated a 52-page, end-of-life planning guide complete with work sheets to help our veterans determine if they are burdens on society and if their lives are worth living. Imagine the national outrage if this kind of cost containment were suggested for criminals serving life sentences in our nation’s prisons.
It is the tea party movement and town hall protesters who sense most acutely the peril we face. These grassroots Americans have a “priority curve” of their own and are taking a stand against government takeover of not just our health care choices, but our country, as well.
Taylor Caldwell once wrote, “It is a stern fact of history that no nation that rushed to the abyss ever turned back. Not ever, in the long history of the world. We are now on the edge of the abyss. Can we, for the first time in history, turn back? It is up to you.”
Indeed, it is up to you.
Jean Barwick is the executive director of the Williamson County Republican Party.
Posted on: 9/3/2009