What we must have, instead, is total
separation of medicine and state.
It’s the Socialism, Stupid!
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Somewhere between 100 million and 200 million individuals died, in the 20th Century alone, owing to the myriad failures and atrocities of socialism.
That’s in incidents not connected with warfare (which amounts to another couple of hundred million). Whole regional populations were deliberately starved to death because they refused to comply with a dictator’s idiotic agricultural fever-dreams. Millions were driven out of their modern urban environment into the countryside, and beaten to death with shovels because they displayed too much Westerm "contamination" (they wore glasses or played the piano). And don’t forget the Jewish, Roma, homosexual, and Polish victims of German National Socialism. Anyone—like Bernie Sanders, for example, or Jill Stein, or Anti-Fa—who, in this sadder-but-wiser day and age, still advocates socialism, is knowingly advocating genocide.
And that includes the senior members of the Democratic Party.
Now, after 55 years of grass-roots political activism (my very first campaign was the 1962 GOP candidacy of George Holly for Florida Governor—he lost), I understand Democrats—to the extent that they can be understood. Their ueber-elite minority, the forked-tongued Schumers in their expensive suits and mealy-mouthed multi-face-lifted Pelosis, have prospered obscenely for decades by promising the majority of their hangers-on work-free living. Half of everything we earn is stolen from us in various ways by these criminal extortionists. One way or another, all of them, politicos and clients alike, live in Candyland and can’t be shaken out of it until people like you and I get tired of paying their freight and something calamitous—like that Tea Party summer of 2009 or the election of Donald J. Trump—forces the left into another psychotic break.
But I ask you: what the mother-jumping hell is wrong with Republicans-In-Name-Only (RINOs) who don’t believe in the efficacy (look it up, RiNOs) of the free, unfettered private market they claim to admire? They’re all for freedom—as long as they control it.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle love to preen themselves under television lights, shooting the breeze ecstatically with leggy, busty, long-haired correspondents, pretending that they possess the intelligence and expertise to run the government like a business. It’s unbearably embarrassing to watch them. If these smarmy lounge-lizards and parlor-pinks could actually run a successful business, that’s what they’d be doing, instead of kissing hands and shaking babies for a living.
What’s more, the notion of a Republican version of fundamentally socialist legislation is ludicrous and repulsive. (Forcing individuals to pay for insuring the “pre-existing conditions” of others is welfare, plain and simple.) No form of socialism in the field of medicine (or anything else for that matter) is acceptable to a people who aspire to be free and unmolested by the State. History shows that socialism kills; even the Food and Drug Administration, as an example of “kinder, gentler socialism” has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands, because bureaucrats make all the crucial decisions, not healers and their clientele. Do you really want your appendix taken out by the Post Office, the IRS, or the Department of Motor Vehicles?
That’s where we’re headed on the present course and at the present speed. Schumercare, they’ll call it. Or Pelosicare. Or Fauxcahantas Warrencare. Death panels seem innocuous compared to that. Even new, improved Republican death panels.
What we must have, instead, is total separation of medicine and state.
Repeal Obamacare immediately and completely. Do not try to replace it with anything that politicians thought up. Instead, allow the unfettered private market to re-absorb medicine, which it will. That is the one, historically-guaranteed way to get the lowest possible premiums and prices and restore individual privacy and dignity to medical care.
Publisher and Senior Columnist L. Neil Smith is the author of over thirty books, mostly science fiction novels, L. Neil Smith has been a libertarian activist since 1962. His many books and those of other pro-gun libertarians may be found (and ordered) at L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE “Free Radical Book Store” The preceding essays were originally prepared for and appeared in L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE. Use them to fight the continuing war against tyranny.
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