Here's the Horse Sense: Recognize it or not, stories we are seeing in the news are a warning to Americans that we are losing our freedoms. My post last week, along with this one, are some of the most important I've ever written.
Read this post if you didn't think that my last post was possibly the most important I've ever written. It should change your mind. Why? Because my last post talked about the government forcing citizens to do things. Not just any citizen, but every citizen. But even with such an important topic, many people didn't understand just how important it is. Now, just a week later, 2 more news stories that are totally unrelated show us more reasons we must take action.
The most recent school shooting happened at the end of last week at a high school in the Denver area. Just 14 years after the Columbine High School massacre that thrust school violence into the headlines across the nation, Arapahoe High School, about 10 miles from Columbine High School, had an incident of their own. And, ironically, it happened at the same time of year as last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. But unlike Columbine, Sandy Hook, or other shooting tragedies we've heard of in schools in recent years, this one took a turn that isn't being reported very widely. Fox News reports that this one was stopped in 80 seconds because there was an armed security officer in the school. When confronted by that security officer, the shooter took his own life, realizing he could not succeed. Yes, he did injure one student, but that was it. He did not have time to hurt anyone else and another massacre was avoided.
Initially reports came out that the shooter had socialist political views. But quickly the mainstream media scrubbed such information because it doesn't fit their narrative, although conservative news sources like RealClearPolitics are still reporting it. By now you should know that the mainstream media quickly look to point to shooters as being right wingers. They look for NRA memberships, Republican Party membership, church goers, anything to tie them to the right, even though we most often find them to be leftist in their views.
In fact, the mainstream media aren't even saying much about the fact that he used a shotgun, not an "assault" weapon. Or that he bought the gun legally and was approved by the process set forth in the Colorado gun laws that were recently increased and made tougher.
Why are they so quiet? Because the left doesn't want to face the fact that the NRA's Wayne LaPierre was right when he said after the Sandy Hook shooting that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That's exactly what happened in this situation. A good guy (or woman, we're not sure what gender the security officer was) confronted the shooter and didn't even have to fire a shot. The intimidation by the presence of an armed guard was enough for the shooter to give up, and in this case take his own life.
Now, you say, how does this apply to last week's post about the government forcing a businessman to do something against his religious convictions under the threat of fines and jail and, thereby, potentially forcing any and all citizens to do things against their consciences? Very simply, it relates because the idea that those on the left, whether it be in the media or elected political office, are trying to control what people think. This time it's by manipulation of facts and information. By controlling the flow of accurate and complete information to the public, they are trying to affect the public opinion about gun control. They won't face the fact that a good guy with a gun stopped a horrendous crime when a bevy of new gun control laws didn't.
But that's not enough. In what appears to be a totally unrelated story, Forbes is reporting that the federal government is putting pressure on insurers to cover Obamacare enrollees at a financial loss. The White House, through the Dept. of Health and Human Services, is asking insurers to cover enrollees who've not yet paid for their coverage. Now you might think that that's no big deal but the Forbes article says:
“What’s wrong with ‘urging’ insurers to offer free care?” you might ask. “That’s not the same as forcing them to offer free care.” Except that the government is using the full force of its regulatory powers, under Obamacare, to threaten insurers if they don’t comply. All you have to do is read the menacing language in the new regulations that HHS published this week, in which HHS says it may throw otherwise qualified health plans off of the exchanges next year if they don’t comply with the government’s “requests.”
In other words, do as we ask or you'll pay dearly. Thuggery, plain and simple. In one sense it serves the insurers right for being so stupid and selling out their souls and not standing up to this monstrosity of legislation in the first place. But the bottom line is that whether the insurers are stupid or not, that doesn't mean they should be forced to lose money. Yet when you have a government intent on running the insurers out of business so they can replace them with a single payer system that will cripple American healthcare like few citizens even comprehend, it really is not a surprise.
And once again you're probably asking what this has to do with last week's post. It's quite simple. Here we again have government forcing something on us against our will. Sure, you might say, "but this is on business, not citizens." But if they can force it on business it's no different than forcing it on private citizens. America's economy can only prosper when allowed to function freely in the marketplace. When we damage business, we damage our economy which, in turn, affects jobs and every other economic aspect of our lives.
So, whether it's the baker I talked about last week who is being forced against his religious conscience to do something, or the insurers being forced to lose money, or the control of information in the news cycle, it all points to the same thing: Tyranny. And in this case, tyranny with a complicit media. These people, in the government and the media, are doing this because they believe they know what's best for you. They believe that you don't know how to live your life and that they should make the rules to control your life. They believe they are doing what's best for you. That's the worst kind of tyranny.
In my last book, No Tomorrows, I quoted C. S. Lewis who wrote about this kind of tyranny over 60 years ago:
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
What are you doing to stop it? What are you doing in your sphere of influence to help change the way things are going in our country? Does it matter to you, or do you just get angry and go on with your life as our nation crumbles before our eyes?