|Foundation of nation is still individual liberty|
I want to make it abundantly clear that the sentiments expressed in this letter are not intended to be an affront to Jeff Laadt, but rather, a genuine observation of what is taking hold at an alarming rate around us, which I maintain will hit home with most Americans.
That being said, my objective is to reluctantly point out that it appears we’ve reached the defining turning point in Barack Obama’s “transformation” of America when an average citizen like Mr. Laadt casually opines in his letter last week that the American people “need to rid ourselves of the notion that somehow government-funded health care is a socialist threat to American values.”Put in more specific terms, it seems Mr. Laadt believes Americans must cleanse their minds and free their spirit from a most sacred unalienable right that the foundation of this nation was constructed upon — individual liberty — the very essence of what keeps free people free to control their own destiny, including health, which undeniably is a person’s most precious asset.
Laadt apparently believes that only when Americans are able to let go of this integral part of their exceptional birthright will we as a nation be capable of formulating a model of authentic government-controlled universal health care that will permit us to “join the rest of the world in a commitment to universal coverage.”
Never mind the fact that such a system is inherently socialistic at its core, thereby systematically dismantling the American values Mr. Laadt mistakenly contends would not be threatened.
Still, all is not lost if as a nation we learn from the minority of Americans who think in this manner, as well as current events, and finally wake up to the chilling reality that America is not simply guaranteed the words penned long ago in this country’s most cherished and consequential document: the Declaration of Independence.
So the invaluable lesson Mr. Laadt inadvertently teaches is that Americans who hold opposite convictions better work just as fervently to defeat such un-American philosophies as those who have fervently worked throughout the years to embed them into American culture.
Prospect Heights, Ill.
and Eagle River
|Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:44 AM|