Our reliance on government has become an addiction, Democrats the pushers. They began looking for the vein decades ago, proposing one means or another of socializing medical treatment in America, a nation whose founding principles are indeed antithetical to socialism. Early forms of dependency, such as Social Security, were akin to experimenting with cannabis, attractive and relatively harmless. Non-addictive? Perhaps, but certainly habit-forming, and seemingly harmless habits open doors.
Successive generations enjoyed government’s open door policy with ever-increasing reliance. Welfare and Food Stamps, Medicare and Medicaid, begun with good intentions, soon were addicting us. The Great Society took a bureaucratized, socialized, hallucinogenic turn down a wayward path, and rarely did anyone pause to look back. Now comes the hard stuff. Ted Kennedy applied the tourniquet; Hillary Clinton tapped away fervently; but it was Barack Obama who ultimately found the vein. John Roberts inserted the needle. And our media establishment, America’s mass opiate, induces us to lay back, anticipate the rush.
A rush of emptiness that satisfies is the essence of addiction. It is the alluring deceit of ObamaCare. And it is the method of our consumptive government, whose illicit recipe of federal debt, spending and regulation promotes a comforting illusion of sustenance to mask the harsh reality of dependence. If we naively accept this as good and desirable then we certainly, perhaps deservedly, become addicted to it. Before long our market-based health care system, overwhelmed by government overreach, is decimated, inadequate, in need of replacement. That’s when the addicted settle for pretty much anything, because it’s better than nothing.
Eventually, no surprise, getting clean appears so disorienting as to be inconceivable. Then we bow down, anemic, devoted to a habit once the sweet nectar, turned bitter. We awaken one morning, in our national stupor, and gaze into the looking-glass at something we no longer recognize – shrunken, hollow, without strength, definition or purpose – with no one to save us, because no one can.
That’s when America withers, beyond health or healing, into oblivion.Follow @PolitiQuick