Embracing Central Authority

WaPo columnist Anne Applebaum sees the GOP as endangering democracy by closing the government in an attempt to stop Obamacare. In her column, Applebaum implies (see here) that those who resist Obamacare are members of an “irrational fringe” and no better than “insurgents” or “coup plotters” who should be arrested and imprisoned.

And why is that, you might ask? Well, because Obamacare is THE LAW (never mind that the administration has unilaterally changed Obamacare several times since its passage). Evidently, for people like Applebaum a law can’t be changed once it’s been confirmed by “three branches of government,” except of course for laws that liberals dislike. In those cases, liberals are eager to organize entire political campaigns based on “change.”

Healthcare provided in Miami has little connection with medical care provided in other cities across the country such as Kansas City or Denver, which is to say that healthcare is a local activity conducted in local markets. Yet Obamacare nevertheless places 315 million people under a central authority in a sector that accounts for one sixth of the world’s largest economy.

The problem is that government has gotten too big and centralized, and believe it or not, there was a time when Americans actually regarded central authority with suspicion. Back in the 1770s and 1780s, for example, the American colonies not only resisted British rule, but actually fought a war to free themselves from Britain under the leadership of Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, and many others.

So we’ve gone from resisting central authority to heartily embracing it. Today those who “question authority” are regularly insulted and labeled racists while historical giants such as Jefferson, Washington, and Hamilton  (who indeed were insurgents and coup plotters of a sort) are now fit for nothing more than arrest and imprisonment. Indeed, the mullahs must be rolling on the floor in laughter.

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