Freedom - Ours to Keep or Lose
Happy July 4th! Some Thoughts on Freedom from
Happy Independence Day
to all my fellow Americans. I hope you're enjoying the day and finding ways to
celebrate American Independence. For the record, I'm proud and grateful to be an
American and glad I live in the USA. Although we're not as free as we used to
be, we're still freer than the rest of the world. I truly give thanks for that.
As the Founding Fathers knew, the way we
remain free as individuals is because we each have a voice and a vote. If we
fail to exercise our freedom to speak and to elect our officials, then we get
the government we deserve. That is why I continually encourage you to be
pro-active. It's the only way we can continue to enjoy the freedoms that we do,
health freedom included.
It Comes to Health, Are You Really Free?
I'm not going to rant (at least not today), about how the FDA and
other government organizations act in the best interests of Big Business and
curtail our health choices in the process. No siree, I'll save that for another
The "freedom" I inquire
about is that of your own making. Are you a self-imposed prisoner to the
insurance companies and Organized Medicine? No one imposes that on you, you
know. Such enslavement is entirely a personal choice, but one that many people
have blindly been led to choose. It doesn't have to be that way.
What do I mean? For example, I know many
people who stay at a job they hate because of the Medical insurance. They'll buy
a big-screen TV with "surround sound" for thousands of dollars and pay out of
pocket, but if insurance doesn't cover a $97 test, they'll complain and moan and
won't have it done. And under that guise, they'll remain a prisoner of their
medical coverage, all by choice. Then there are the folks who have a shiny new
"Bass Boat" or ATV or other expensive toys, all of which they are more than
happy to find monthly payments for, but who complain that they cannot possibly
afford medical insurance - so they and their families do without and then
complain even more bitterly when one of them has an accident on that ATV and
needs medical care...
for these reasons for at least some people the socialized medical care that
Michael Moore is advocating in his latest movie "Sicko" really would be the best
solution - not that it is "free" (as you know, "there ain't no such thing as a
free lunch!"), but that it would force them to have some sort of "sickness
insurance" paid for with their tax dollars.
But then, could that be yet another kind of enslavement?
Bureaucrats deciding what medical care you may and may not have? Drugs are OK,
but nutritional supplements are not?
You, as an American citizen, will decide,
either through your actions or your inaction. As a democracy, the future of The
United States Of America rests with you. Remember that your elected
representatives as well as your governmental bureaucrats are your
employees - and not the other way around!
Just some thoughts on this 4th of July as we celebrate our
independence and our freedoms.