March 22, 2010
No, we are not doomed!
Now that the best health care system known to man seems officially doomed, it is not surprising that some people on the right are succumbing to doom and gloom thinking. (I don't want to point fingers, because the point is not who is saying it, so much as whether the argument has merit.)
Being a libertarianish sort, I cannot but sympathize with the doom-and-gloom crowd in a certain sense, because in many ways this does look like, if not the Final Triumph, at least a major victory for the forces of socialism.
Or perhaps I should avoid the S-word and say "the forces of big government." The thing is, if you are my age (55) and you are a libertarian, it's a bit tough not to be cynical, and cynicism does have a nasty way of coming across as doom and gloom.
So whatever you want to call this, this phenomenon of big government and the opposition to it, as I see it, there is no way for me to deny a stark, naked reality.
I was born in 1954, and ever since my brain began laying down memories of what was going on, I have watched the relentless, steady, constant growth of Big Government -- regardless of which party was in power.
Yet in all that time, this country has never had an honest debate over socialism. The word has been avoided for decades, but now that it is upon us, there is no avoiding it.
My sincere hope is that the passage of Obamacare will bring it on.
This is not doom and gloom. Far from it. I welcome the debate, and I think it will be clarifying. Perhaps there will be a genuine fight over whether America wants want to go the socialist route, instead of phony and pointless haggling over diversionary peripheral issues (like whether abortion should be socialized right now or temporarily privatized).
Far from being the end, in many ways I see this as a beginning.
AND MORE: For your reading list.
UPDATE: My thanks to SayUncle for linking this post!
posted by Eric on 03.22.10 at 11:44 AM
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