Friday, February 24, 2012

Why I'm Not A Socialist, Why I Don't Support Obamacare

You and I can decide that some people live "unhealthy" lifestyles or make "bad" decisions, but outside of very limited circumstances, who are we to tell others how to live their lives? The answer to that question is one of the fundamental differences between a liberal and a conservative, between a socialist and a freedom-lover.

But Darren, what does this have to do with socialism, a cradle-to-grave nanny-state? This:
“If Congress can force activity under the Commerce Clause, then it could force individuals to receive vaccinations or annual checkups, undergo mammogram or prostate exams, or maintain a specific body mass,” argues Koster’s brief in the case that the Supreme Court will hear in March.
You're too fat. You must go to the gym. Sorry, you can't buy those chips, eat this kiwi instead. No elevator for you, take the stairs.

Government shouldn't dictate how we live our lives. When it does, we've lost our freedoms. Those inalienable rights granted by our creator become treats doled out by the ruling elite here on earth.

Are we free individuals, or just pawns in someone else's idea of utopia?

9 comments:

mazenko said...

Slippery slope - logical fallacy.

Darren said...

Your lack of logic is a fallacy. The fact that you don't agree with my conclusion doesn't make my argument a slippery slope argument.

Artery said...

Please enumerate the 'very limited circumstances' so we have on record 'your' preference for your 'utopian state'?

Reducing the amount of hysteria in your writing might make it more persuasive. Maybe not.

"You're too fat. You must go to the gym. Sorry, you can't buy those chips, eat this kiwi instead. No elevator for you, take the stairs."

Darren said...

I will not create a laundry list, but an example that comes to mind is limiting marriage to 2 people.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Slippery slope - logical fallacy.

Conciseness is only a virtue when you've got something to say. The fancier phrase for "slippery slope" is "positive feedback" and you can find examples of that all over the place. That takes "slippery slope" out of the realm of a logical fallacy and makes it a real danger which is why you're warned to keep your distance from slippery slopes.

MikeAT said...

Government shouldn't dictate how we live our lives. When it does, we've lost our freedoms. Those inalienable rights granted by our creator become treats doled out by the ruling elite here on earth.

Darren

Did you hear little Timmy TaxCheat talk about "...the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American..." Strange, I've always thought being an American was something in you, either by birth or choice. Men here were Americans a long time before a certain group of them signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Now we hear from one of the great elites (aka overeducated morons) it's a privilege. But college, housing, medicine are all rights to be paid for with someone else's money. How the hell have we gonna so off track?

Darren said...

My pithy guess: comfort breeds complacency.

Anonymous said...

Well, now I think I prefer not to be free if that means I do not have the right to see a doctor to treat my illness.

Our creator would never approve anything other than a right to medical attention.

Darren said...

Who is trying to deny you the right to see a doctor? Gawd, I get *so* tired of lefties' always twisting things.

I am, though, trying to deny you your "right" to have *me* pay for your medical care, and to have that care dictated to me by a government. Do you think our creator would approve having a government dictate such things to us. Heck, the Christian God gives us FREE WILL to choose if we even want to believe in him! Now that's some *choice* I can believe in :)