Monday, August 18, 2008

H.R. 676 (continued)

In response to my previous post, H.R. 676-The Battle is Joined , a congressional GOP candidate, Mr. John Faulk, left a comment to my essay. Rather than respond as a commentator, I thought it necessary to respond more forcefully. Hence, this post. His comment highlights the ineffectual way that most Republicans approach the crucial issues evident in this watershed election.

I have sent the following e-mail to the Faulk campaign:

Mr. John Faulk;

Re: comments left on my blog in response to my essay H.R. 676, The Battle is Joined;

H R 676 will have American Taxpayers picking up the health care cost for all 'RESIDENT" read that as illegal aliens. In Sheila Jackson Lee's supporting documents she states the 'VISITORS" to the USA will be given a National Health Care Card. Will we taxpayers have to pay for their trip to the sates also?
John Faulk
faulkforcongress.org
Help me defeat Sheila Jackson Lee


What you say is true enough, and it misses the point entirely. Would it make any difference if Sheila Jackson Lee dropped her demand for coverage for illegal aliens? NO! The issue is not who should be “covered” under HR676, but whether anyone should be forced into a government-run healthcare system at all.

As I made clear, the battle over HR676 or any other “universal healthcare” scheme is a moral fight involving the rights of the individual and the government’s proper role, which is to protect those rights. “American Taxpayers picking up the health care cost for all…illegal aliens” is a minor issue considering the enormous stakes involved in the Lee plan. By reducing the argument to one of who should or should not be “covered,” you are evading the essential issues involved, and thereby conceding defeat to the Sheila Jackson Lees of the nation.

I respectfully ask that you re-read and study my post, especially the links at the end of the essay. They provide a practical and moral roadmap to a true free market alternative to the dictatorial designs of Lee and her ilk. The fight over HR676 is a crucial one for America, which cannot be fought over minor technicalities. There is too much at stake here. If the Left is successful on HR676, it will not stop there. Food, clothing, shelter, higher education…the list is endless, and at the end of that road lies totalitarian socialism. The Dems have come down squarely on the side of the state against the individual. The GOP must offer a clear alternative, which means a principled, moral defense of individual rights.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, I see one compromise after another after another. As a lifelong 59 year-old Republican, this is dismaying and demoralizing. Until the GOP steps up and re-establishes a principled commitment to free-market capitalism, limited government, and individual rights, it will continue to be hard for me to identify as a Republican.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan…I did not leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left me.

Respectfully submitted;

Mike Zemack


Mr. Faulk's focus on the immigrant issue is an example of fighting with muskets a battle that should be fought with nuclear missiles. It is all too common to the current Republican Party. Mr. Faulk focuses on a technicality. The bill’s (HR 676) sponsors will likely compromise by acceding to his objection to including illegal aliens (and perhaps a few other points), the bill gets passed in a “show of bi-partisanship,” and the Left scores a major victory.

HR 676 cannot be challenged except at its root…by challenging openly and consistently the very sacred cow of Medicare itself. It was inevitable that this day would come. There is quite simply no way one can rationally support government-run medicine for people over 65, but not under 65. If Medicare is good for some, it is good for all. If the "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act" is bad, then Medicare is bad for all and should be abolished. It’s either-or.

1 comment:

John said...

You stated “What you say is true enough, and it misses the point entirely. Would it make any difference if Sheila Jackson Lee dropped her demand for coverage for illegal aliens? NO! The issue is not who should be “covered” under HR676, but whether anyone should be forced into a government-run healthcare system at all.”

My point is if/when Sheila Jackson Lee is defeated by me, there will be a major difference in what the US Rep for the TX 18 CD will do in regards to killing a National Health Care Plan and all of the other socialist plans to destroy the United States of America..

I get the feeling that you would like to debate the Health Care Plan in the committee rooms of the House. I want to defeat Sheila Jackson Lee and National Health Care in the BALLOT booth. I want to end the current political career of one of the most Liberal Democrats in the House.

“The Dems have come down squarely on the side of the state against the individual.”

Yes, I agree with you. The Democrat Party is not on our side. So why do we (the voters of the TX 18 CD) continue to elected Sheila Jackson Lee? One reason is that up until this election no serious candidate wanted to risk public humiliation in losing. Well if there is no one else out there that will step up to work for the rest us, then John Faulk will!!! I think the demographics of TX 18 CD have changed enough for me to win. Will you help me defeat Sheila Jackson Lee? Why not?

The GOP is even more entrenched than Sheila Jackson Lee. Many in the leadership of the GOP at all levels would rather see her stay in office than to work to defeat her. The GOP is still looking at the 2000 census. I’m not sure they know we are now in 2008. They have not seen all of the new residences built in the TX 18 CD. TX 18 CD is a lot like Atlanta and they are talking about electing a white Mayor. I have told many of the GOP leaders that 90% of the people that are going to be counted in the 2010 census already live in the TX 18 CD. Sometimes I think the GOP leadership think that in 2009 there will be an Oklahoma Land Rush (Sooners) that will magically populate the TX 18 CD. Please don’t ask me to explain or defend the Republican party. That is why I am running.


Thanks for the post. It helps me drive traffic to my website faulkforcongress.org
John Faulk