Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a Right for Every American

The debate over so-called "Healthcare Reform" has raged since the presidential debates. Obama is on the record saying health care is a right. The circus and sideshows of the past several weeks have been staged to convince us of the benefits and wonders and government largess that accompanies the "gifting" of a new right to the American people.

So just for a minute, let's stop and assume all this care and devotion were being applied to an existing right (you know, from the Bill of Rights). Just for a minute, let's imagine what that would have sounded like.


If what he really said was:
This is not just about the 210 million Americans who have no guns." Obama
said in a prepared statement at the start of that press conference.
"Reform is about every American who has ever feared that they may lose
their gun if they get a divorce, get pulled over for a traffic stop, or
become a veteran."


If what he had really said was:

"I don't have to explain to you that nearly 210 million Americans don't
have personal self-defense weapons today. In the wealthiest nation on Earth, 210
million of our fellow citizens don't have guns. They are just vulnerable. If
something happens, they get murdered, or they don't get the protection
they need."

"Now, when we pass keep and bear arms reform, local governments will no
longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of guns and
ammunition you can buy in a given year or a lifetime. And we will place
a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses,
because no one in America should go broke because they need safety.

But let's face it, now is the hard part -- because the history is clear
-- every time we come close to passing keep and bear arms reform, the
special interests fight back with everything they've got. They use their
influence. They use their political allies to scare and mislead the
American people. They start running ads. This is what they always do.
We can't let them do it again. Not this time. Not now. (Applause.)
Because for all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary -- what
is truly risky -- is if we do nothing. If we let this moment pass -- if
we keep the system the way it is right now -- we will continue to see
3,927 Americans victimized by crime every day."


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