29 October 2010
Sowell - A Crossroads Election
On Human Events, Thomas Sowell has put his finger squarely on the reason why the Obama administration has aroused such passionate opposition. It's not because of runaway "stimulus" spending, high unemployment and ObamaCare, important though they all are.
For all its sweeping and scary provisions, ObamaCare is not nearly as important as the way it was passed. If legislation can become laws passed without either the public or the Congress knowing what is in those laws, then the fundamental principle of a free, self-governing people is completely undermined.
The very reason for holding hearings on pending legislation, listening to witnesses on all sides of the issue, and having Congressional debates that will be reported and commented on in the media, is so that problems can be explored and alternatives considered before the legislation is voted into law.
Rushing ObamaCare into law too fast for anyone to have read it served no other purpose than to prevent this very process from taking place. The rush to pass this law that would not take effect until after the next two elections simply cut the voters out of the loop - and that is painfully close to ruling by decree.
Well, that's the way we are governed, so what's he on about? So long as we have our entitlements, who cares how our laws are passed? Silly Americans, with their naive concerns about freedom.