Health care reforms are turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S., who apparently hoped that citizens would simply swallow the hook of Obamacare.
It’s unfortunate that rather than respecting and welcoming citizens’ questions and grievances, many of our national leaders are belittling, demonizing and marginalizing them as extremists. They refuse to believe these groups represent any real grass roots resistance. Instead, they concoct conspiracy theories that they are conservatives who are secretly mobilizing these irrational marches.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that protesters of Obamacare are “un-American” and “carrying Swastikas.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused the protesters of trying to “sabotage” the democratic process. And Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., responded that “well-dressed” protesters are out to “hurt our president.”
So who are the real extremists – citizens who voice their First Amendment grievances or politicians who through their rhetoric try socially to quarantine citizens and impede democratic debate?
While watching these political hot August nights, I decided to research the reasons why so many are so opposed to Obamacare – to separate facts from fantasy. What I discovered was that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep within the 1,000-plus page proposed health care bill.
Having already given “Six reasons Obamacare is bad medicine” for America in a previous column, I thought through August I’d expose the political syringes through which it will be injected into the veins of America if Obamacare passes.
Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is about the government coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care development.
It’s outlined in passages like Section 440 and Section 1904 of the House bill (page 838) under the heading: “Home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children,” which would provide (via grants to states) for home visitation programs to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.
Home visitation programs? Sounds so quaint!? You mean, for parents endangering their children or for those who want to better their parenting skills? If it’s for those who endanger their children, we already have a government agency for that – Child Protective Services. And if it’s merely for family education, most communities have a plethora of help there through local and state agencies and schools, outside of that other government vassal – Planned Parenthood. So do we need another federal bureaucracy for training parents and families? Or is there a hidden agenda in that vague outline?
The bill says that the government agents, the “well-trained and competent staff,” will “provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive language, social, emotional and motor domains … modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices, skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development.”
Are you kidding me?! And with whose parental principles and values? Their own? Certain experts? Who? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques? Do we really believe they will contextualize and personalize every form of parenting in their education or merely universally indoctrinate with their own?
Are we to assume the State’s mediators will understand every parent’s social or religious core values on parenting? Or will they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom? And when they “consult and coach” those who are expecting babies, will they ever decide circumstances are not beneficial for the child and encourage abortion?
One government rebuttal is that this program is “voluntary.” Is that right? Does that infer that this agency will just sit back passively until some parent says, “I need parenting skills. I don’t think I’ll call my parents, priest or friends, or read a plethora of books, but I’ll go down to the local government offices”? Not according to the specific targeted groups and problems, as identified on page 840 of the bill: the State “shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families. …”
Are we further to conclude by those words that low-income families know less about parenting? Are middle and upper-class parents really better parents? Less neglectful of their children? Less needful of parental help and training? Is this “prioritized” parental care giving not a biased, discriminatory and even prejudicial stereotype and generalization that has no place in federal government, law or practice?
Bottom line, is all this what you want or expected in a universal health care bill being rushed through Congress: government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children? When did government health care turn into government child care?
Or as Glenn Beck asked, “When did we go from being a nation that believed in hard work and picking yourself up by the bootstraps, to a nation that wants government to control everything from our light bulbs to our parenting techniques?”
Government needs less of a role in running our children’s lives and more of a role in supporting parents’ decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government. And the parents ought to have the right, and government support, to parent them without the fed’s mandates, education or intervention in our homes.
Kids are very important to me and my wife. That’s why we’ve spent the last 17 years developing our non-profit KICKSTART program in public schools in Texas. It builds up their self-esteem and teaches them respect and discipline. Of course, whether or not they participate in the program is theirs and their parents’ choice.
How contrary is Obamacare’s home intrusion and indoctrination family services, in which state agents prioritize houses to enter and enforce their universal values and principles upon the hearts and minds of families across America?
Government’s real motives and rationale is quite simple, though rarely if ever stated. If one wants to control the future ebbs and flows of a country, one must have command over future generations. This is done by seizing parental and educational power, legislating preferred educational methods and materials, and limiting private educational options. It is so simple any socialist can understand it. As Joseph Stalin once stated, “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
When will Washington learn there are millions of us Americans who aren’t just going to sit back and swallow the hook of this candy-coated Obamacare (child care) legislation? We’re tired of it! Tired of America going into trillions of dollars of debt. Tired of government over-reaching its arms into our lives. Tired of government refusing to hear our grievances. Tired of government turning our opposing voices into battering rams of its rhetoric. Tired of government making us feel guilty (and as if we don’t care) unless we accept and support its rushed decisions. After all, who is working for whom?
Before so-called universal health care turns into universal hell care, write or call your representatives today and protest their voting Obamacare into law. Remind them what is needed in Washington is a truly bipartisan group that is allowed ample amount of time to work on a compromise health care law that doesn’t raise taxes (for anyone), regulate personal medical choices, ration health care or restrict American citizens.
By the way, if you think “Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare” is oppressive, just wait until you see “Dirty secret No. 2″ next week.