Putting ObamaCare in Perspective

Newsflash:  Obama is not the enemy and ObamaCare is not evil.  Judging by all the snarky comments running rampant among Obama opponents, you would think he is the anti-christ and ObamaCare his weapon of mass destruction.  But that’s simply not the case, and all this inflammatory talk causes us to forget that we are to pray for our leaders, not harangue them.

Let’s put things in perspective.  Americans don’t like change, and we don’t like anyone in authority telling us what to do.  When FDR signed Social Security into law in 1935, plenty of Americans thought America was going to hell in a handbasket.  Yet none of those same Americans refused their Social Security checks when it came time to collect them, including my grandfather, who I am told was avidly against the legislation.

More recently, I remember the flood of newspaper columns and letters to the editor written by outraged motorcyclists in the early 1970s when helmets became compulsory.  In like manner, when I was working as an editor for Street Rodder magazine in the mid ‘80s, letters streamed in from furious car owners objecting to the new seatbelt laws.  No matter that statistics on both issues clearly showed helmets and seatbelts saved lives.  You’d think they had been told to put on a straight jacket.

Let’s call a spade a spade.  We don’t like change, and we really don’t like anyone telling us what to do.  Even and especially if the proponent of change is a president, who, after his term is up, will simply be a number.  So let’s get over our angst at ObamaCare—it’s the law, and like any other law it can be tweaked.  Then, with clear heads, let’s face the real enemy head-on.

Oh yes, there is an enemy bent on our destruction, and he’s a master at drawing our attention away from his truly evil work.  If ObamaCare is anything, it is a pawn in the devil’s hands as he manipulates the minds of conservative and Christian Americans, drawing us away from the real attacks threatening this nation’s well being.  What am I talking about?  Popular ABC broadcaster Paul Harvey Aurand (known simply as Paul Harvey) nailed it in this original 1965 broadcast:

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We can fight the enemy’s attacks—the Apostle Paul described how in Ephesians 6:10-18.  It starts with prayer.  Pray to God it’s not too late…let’s get on our knees….

2 comments on “Putting ObamaCare in Perspective

  1. “When FDR signed Social Security into law in 1935, plenty of Americans thought America was going to hell in a handbasket.”
    ..and the SS Tax went from a mere 2% at inception to over 15%, now, and the unfunded liability associated with SS is in the $10s of trillions! SS IS the disaster it was predicted to be. It was designed to be actuarially unsound…as is obamacare!

    “Yet none of those same Americans refused their Social Security checks when it came time to collect them”
    Which demonstrates the very problem with entitlement programs. They create a sense of righteousness and…well…entitlement. None of my conservative friends will join me in renouncing SS.

    “So let’s get over our angst at ObamaCare—it’s the law, and like any other law it can be tweaked. Then, with clear heads, let’s face the real enemy head-on.”
    Just like SS, obamacare is an unsound, unstable system. It cant be fixed by tweaking. Fortunately, unlike SS, it is visibly unsound in the short run. It is collapsing before our eyes, as so many of us predicted it would.

    “…our father, who art in washington…” – Paul Harvey
    And here, Denise is right on target. Why doesn’t she realize that obamacare is part of our fathers “will” to be “done”?

    -steve chalke

    • Hi Steve,
      I do not disagree with anything you have said. I just find the argument (trying to repeal ObamaCare, and all of the accompanying inflammatory remarks) nonproductive given that the law was legitimately passed by a majority. It is the American way to work with what we’ve got and try to improve/make corrections. And I do feel it detracts from other real “evils” America is facing at present. Of course I realize it’s a matter of perspective. Thanks so much for sharing.

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