In the Kirk Douglas movie “Spartacus,” the Romans try to end a slave revolt by demanding of their prisoners to hand over their leader so he can be put to death.
One by one, thousands of slaves stand up to declare, “I’m Spartacus!”
Maybe, just maybe, that’s what Americans should be doing as Barack Obama seeks to get Americans snitching on their friends and relatives who might hold some “fishy” ideas about his plans to socialize America’s health-care system.
WND has launched a petition campaign designed to overwhelm Obama and the Democratic Congress with opposition to his plans – pre-empting his effort to create an “enemies list” and intimidate Americans from voicing their dissent.
Of course, it takes courage. But no great victories were ever achieved without it.
Tim Ratigan of Front Royal, Va., captured the spirit of the movement in a letter to Obama. He wrote: “There is something fishy going on in Front Royal, Virginia. You see there was this man who on July 4th of this year held a tea party and was ‘waving around this little tea bag’ and he was really bashing your health care plan for America. He was saying some stuff that would probably be considered ‘fishy’ by your standards.
On the home page of his website there are two videos given by this organizer. It is in two parts, and the first part is 10 minutes long. Six minutes and 36 seconds into his speech he starts in on health care.
“Mr. President, that person is me. I’m saving you the trouble of doing the research. And maybe we can save the tax payers some money!”
Ratigan is saying, “I’m Spartacus!” And that’s what all of us need to say during challenging times like this when government seeks to expand itself and its power over the people by instilling fear and dividing and conquering.
It was just this week that Americans learned of Obama’s plans to root out what he called “disinformation” by getting neighbors to snitch on each other by e-mailing to the White House any communications they receive “about health insurance reform that seem fishy.”
The desperation move by Obama, who has staked the “success” of his presidency on nationalizing another 17 percent of the nation’s economy – America’s gigantic health care industry – comes in the wake of poll after poll saying Americans are scared and outraged over what they’re hearing about “Obamacare.” (The August edition of WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled “MEDICAL MURDER,” is devoted entirely to exploring Obama’s proposed health care takeover.)
Unfortunately, the administration’s response to increasing public furor over Obamacare – whether expressed at townhall meetings with congressmen, or just by communicating with each other over the Internet – is to attempt to thwart free speech and squelch dissent. But WND is providing a way to fight fire with fire. Sign the WND petition against socialized medicine and against these Big Brother tactics of intimidation. Stand up boldly and proclaim your dissent. Make the enemies list so big, retribution and intimidation will be meaningless.
John Cornyn, R-Texas, has demanded that Obama either halt the program, widely known in the blogosphere as the “snitch” program, or define how he will protect the privacy of those who send or are the subject of e-mails to the email@example.com e-mail address.
“I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White house for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” the Texas senator wrote in a letter to Obama.
“By requesting that citizens send ‘fishy’ e-mails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, e-mail addresses, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported … You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection system.”
The White House announcement cited “opponents” of health care reform who may “find the truth a little inconvenient.”
“Scary chain e-mails and videos are starting to percolate on the Internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to ‘uncover’ the truth about the president’s health insurance reform positions,” the website says.
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end-of-life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an e-mail or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,” the White House instructed.
Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said, “I am shocked and dismayed that Barack Obama’s White House is now monitoring e-mail traffic nationwide if it opposes his government takeover of health care.”
Staver’s organization already has analyzed the health-care plan, and confirmed it contains health care rationing, a national health ID card complete with government access to personal bank accounts, government decisions on what health care benefits are available and mandatory taxpayer support for abortion.
Radio talk show icon Rush Limbaugh also chastised the president.
“Well, I would hate to see what they’re going to get now at email@example.com. I wonder what kind of e-mails they’re going to get now. They’re looking for tattletales; they’re looking for snitches; they’re looking for informants; they want their groupies to tattle on you if you happen to be telling the truth about what’s in the health care plan. The White House has, as yet, offered no explanation of what it is they plan to do with the tips on policy opposition they hope to receive from citizen informers.”
Cornyn also told the president he wanted to know “what action you intend to take against citizens who have been reported.”
Further, “Do your own past statements qualify as ‘disinformation’? For example, is it ‘disinformation’ to note that in 2003 you said, ‘I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan’?” Cornyn wrote.
WND reported earlier when Staver condemned the health plan as worse than China’s mandatory one-child policy.
The Liberty Counsel analysis said under Section 1308, the government will dictate marriage and family therapy as well as mental health services, including the definitions of those treatments, and under Section 1401, a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research would be set up, creating a bureaucracy through which federal employees could determine whether any treatment is “comparatively effective” for any individual based on the cost, likely success and probably the years left in life.
It also, according to Staver, “covers abortions, transsexual surgeries, encourages counseling as to how many children you should have, whether you should increase the interval between children.”
The Liberty Counsel analysis also pointed out the government would be allowed to ration health care procedures, prevent “judicial review” of its decision, tell doctors what income they can have, impose new taxes for anyone not having an “acceptable” coverage, regulate whether seniors can have wheelchairs, penalize hospitals or doctors whose patients require “readmission,” prevent the expansion of hospitals and set up procedures for home visits by health care analysts.
Under Section 440, Liberty Counsel said, the government “will design and implement Home Visitation Program for families with young kids and families that expect children.” And Section 194 provides for a program that has the government “coming into your house and teaching/telling you how to parent,” LC said.
Petition Obama and Congress
“The government is spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money employing a snitch czar,” said WND Editor Joseph Farah. “Let’s save some of that tax money by saving them the trouble and letting our supposed public servants know, in no uncertain terms, that Americans by the millions do not want socialized medicine. Every other nation that has adopted this system has paid a terrible price. We don’t want to follow in their footsteps and end up rationing and denying care to the very people who need it most – the elderly and the very ill. Yet that is always what happens with socialized medicine.”
Here’s the petition wording:
PETITION DEMANDING THAT THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS STOP TRYING TO FORCE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE ON AMERICA
To: The President of the United States, The Congress of the United States
Whereas, wherever government-run health care, or socialized medicine, has been adopted it has led to severe rationing – which means outright denial – of life-saving medical treatment, particularly to the elderly and very ill (for example, British seniors, under their government-run system, are routinely denied treatment for cancer, heart disease and other deadly illnesses);
Whereas, Obama’s “special adviser for health policy,” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, is a longtime advocate of “age-weighted medical rationing” – meaning, the older you are, the less care you get, just like the British system;
Whereas, Barack Obama, Barney Frank and other top federal officials have explicitly and publicly stated their ultimate goal is a “single-payer” health care system – that is, completely socialized, with no private insurance – despite their claims now to the contrary;
Whereas, despite repeated assurances by Obama that “if you’re happy with your current insurance or doctor, you can keep it under my plan,” his plan would inevitably and intentionally drive private insurance out of business, leaving only the government to oversee Americans’ health care and approve their treatment;
Whereas, as columnist Charlotte Allen explained in the Los Angeles Times, “In looking for a way to fund health care, Obama has set his eye on the oldest and sickest. … About 30 percent of Medicare spending – nearly $100 billion annually – goes to care for patients during their last year of life. What if there were no ‘last year of life,’ the president seems to be asking. … [W]hy not save billions of dollars by killing off our own unproductive oldsters and terminal patients, or – since we aren’t likely to do that outright in this, the 21st century – why not simply ensure that they die faster by denying them costly medical care? The savings could then subsidize care for the younger and healthier”;
Whereas, Obama himself admitted during a June town hall event televised by ABC News that one way to cut medical costs would be to stop expensive procedures on people about to die, saying: “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller”;
Whereas, the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will increase the government’s already obscene level of deficit spending by hundreds of billions of dollars;
Whereas, a federal government takeover of the entire health care delivery system is in flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution:
We, the undersigned, assert our rights as citizens of the United States in demanding that the Obama administration and Congress stop referring to normal, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens who oppose government’s attempted takeover of medical care as a “mob”; that it cease and desist using Chicago thug political tactics in an attempt to intimidate citizens from exercising their First Amendment free speech right; and most of all, that it abandon its plan to utterly destroy America’s health care system, which is the envy of the world, and to replace it with a system that has failed miserably in every country in which it has been adopted.
If you agree with the above and are outraged at Obama’s Big Brother-style intimidation approach to achieving his long-time goal of socialized medicine, don’t wait for some snitch to turn you in. Be bold. Be courageous. Be an American. Sign this petition and let Obama know you oppose his diabolical plan to become doctor-in-chief.
As soon as the petition gains its first 25,000 names, WND will forward the petition to the White House and Congress, and each time another 25,000 sign, they’ll be forwarded too.
This is not a time to cower in fear, but to let your government know in overwhelming numbers that you oppose what will, unquestionably, be the destruction of the best health care system in the entire world.