Man, I do not like the public option. For all their faults, conservatives tell you what they want and then they try and get it. Liberals know that their ultimate goals, though, would be abhorrent to anyone who loves liberty so they try to hide what they want. They want a government takeover of health care and the removal of individual liberty on that issue, but that’s a hard sell. So they get the public option, which they sell as greater liberty (“more choice!”), but the idea is it will eventually push out everything else and lead to a government takeover. That’s its only purpose, and a line in the sand has to be drawn by every Republican.
Or maybe Joe Lieberman.
The government always pretty much just grows and never shrinks. It’s always too politically hard to get rid of welfare and handouts after people have grown used to them, so you have to kill them in their infancy… like drowning puppies.
It’s kinda disheartening knowing this is a battle we will eventually lose. Not today, not tomorrow, and maybe not for hundreds of years if we’re smart, but eventually the government will get so large and liberty so narrow that the country will collapse. It will be a miserable time with the only thing to look forward to being the fact that we can now punch all the hippies we want with no one to stop us. It’s like that Thomas Jefferson quote that about the revolution, blood, and the tree of liberty that crazy people are always bringing up. Take it as a warning, though, as a revolution is just likely to make something even screwier. It was kinda amazing what the Founding Fathers put together with this country, and it’s our duty to make it limp along for as long as we can.
So it’s up to you, Joe Lieberman.