Counterpoint: Health care law threatens U.S. furs
We are young and strange. By tendency, at least, furries are non-conformists with many years ahead of them. That's why the new health care law is a poison pill for our community.
Right now there are people dangling "free" drugs and other medical care in front of us and promising there's no cost; it'll all be paid for by some rich guy. Just let this law stand, they say, and help elect the people who will protect it.
But what are we actually signing away? Our freedom. All of it.
Our founders understood that there must be limits on government, or the people are slaves -- even if there are still elections. But modern politicians openly say they don't need limits, and that they can force us to do anything they please. This law relies on that theory, because it'd be massively illegal under the limited government that four Supreme Court judges thought we had. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) boasted that her power is now "essentially unlimited" over anything having to do with medicine or other large areas of our lives. (And her original reaction, when asked to justify the bill in terms of the Constitution, was "Are you serious?!") So the problem with this law is much bigger than health care.
What does unlimited federal power mean for us as furries? It means that for the rest of our lives we'll live under rulers who think they have the power to do anything they like to us. Have a look at 20th Century history to get a feel for what governments do to non-conformists. Should we furries use our active imaginations to pretend that laws like forced castration and psychological treatment "can't happen here"? (Remember for instance that FDR forced ethnic Japanese into concentration camps during WWII, and that the Supreme Court approved.) Do we really want to be an identifiable, unusual subculture living under a government more powerful than George III's?
Even aside from the destruction of our Constitution, even a group as young as ours ought to be able to see through politicians' lies about money. Do we think that the 2,700 pages of this law and all the taxes and bureaucracy they create will really make health care cheaper? Are we counting on staying poor for the rest of our lives so that we won't get hit by the increased taxes? Aren't some of us Catholics who're being ordered to violate our religious beliefs?
In short, we're being told to hop into the van with a government that promises free drugs. Get used to those collars that some furries wear, because we'll be on leashes for the rest of our lives and hoping that Master treats us well. If we have more respect for ourselves than that, then we must vote to throw out Obama and his friends this year, begin to repair our Constitution, and prepare if necessary for peaceful resistance to a law that threatens our community.
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