White House: Free Speech Takes Back Seat in Push for Socialism

(Source: Creative Commons)

(Source: Creative Commons)

The socialists in Washington D.C. are getting desperate to force their socialized health care system on the American people.

In the past two months, they’ve watched poll numbers for health care “reform” and for President Obama start going down the tubes as more people realize what a raw deal government health care is.

A couple of weeks ago, we even saw President Obama go before congress and the cameras and lie to both the United States Congress and the American people.  In fact, he didn’t just lie to us all: he called us liars as he lied to us.  The president thinks we’re silly and ridiculous for not drinking his choice Koolaid.

But lately the socialists have decided to take the heavy-handed Marxism to a new level. They’ve decided to quash the free speech of private organizations that dare to disagree with them.

The general warning came after the Department of Health and Human Services launched a probe against the insurance giant Humana earlier this month after it sent out a mailing warning of the possible cuts.

“As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your Web sites,” the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid told health insurance companies in a notice Monday.

The bill currently under construction in the Senate Finance Committee includes a proposal to cut Medicare and Medicaid spending by about $500 billion over the next decade, including about $125 billion cut from Medicare Advantage plans.

The Humana mailer had told its members that, “if the proposed funding cut levels [in the current health care legislation] become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.” The company encouraged seniors to contact their congressional representatives on the issue.

Even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms what the White House doesn’t want to get out, with CBO head Douglas Elmendorf telling the Senate this on Tuesday.

Apparently in addition to the enumerated powers of Article 1 Section 8, the Tenth Amendment and religious freedom already being obsolete, now freedom of speech is obsolete.

Nothing must be allowed to get in the way of the glorious revolution! It is, after all, for our own good.

Another truth the socialists desperately want to pretend doesn’t exist is that the American people are not about to give up our freedom with out a fight.  This kind of ham-fisted despotism doesn’t fly in the USA.

8 Responses to “White House: Free Speech Takes Back Seat in Push for Socialism”

  1. When I first heard about this latest outrage, I was outraged. I had hoped for once, that a corporation would stand up to this evil, unconstitutional government. It is difficult to even read such stories as this one, as my anger level at this administration remains off the charts, with no sign of abating. I assume Humana just lied down without a whimper and let the government steamroll them. Instead, Humana should've shot back at the DHHS to put their unlawful order in their pipe and smoke it!

    Gina Miller

  2. I would ask you to define socialism. As I understand itm in socialism the workers own the means of production. You accuse the government of taking over industry. So how is that socialism? At this point I have to wonder if you truly understand the definition of the words you are using…

  3. Peter, it is obvious that you–like most liberals–don't have a clue what socialism is or what it means. All one need do is go to the dictionary and you will find the definition–in fact, three of them that accurately describe what liberals in the United States have been advocating and moving toward for decades:

    1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

    Please, for the sake of our wonderful and unique country: wake up, get a clue and help us patriotic Americans stop this assault on our Constitution and the American way of life.

  4. I still do not quite understand how we have started down the road to socialism with an eventual transition to communism. What I meant in the last comment is that you are throwing the term out without much evidence to back it up. As I understand it there is still plenty of private property. And while the Health Care system is set to undergo drastic change(not if..when) I do not see that affecting my freedom to go out and start a business and privately own the means of production. Ever. The government can own and administer some aspects of production and you can still maintain free market principles. I submit to you the post office and the Fire station. The American way of life is not going anywhere. The free market is here to stay even with the changes in healthcare on the horizon. There is going to be a major shift in the next 7 years and naturally that is going to come with some resistance since people always fear fundamental changes.

  5. If you don't see “much evidence” to back it up, you obviously haven't been reading Dakota Voice for long. Pretty much on a daily basis, I add to the evidence that socialists have been pushing our country farther and farther down that road, going back to FDR and even beyond.

    I noticed you trotted out the tired old socialist excuses of the post office and fire department. They are very tired because they are weak justifications that are (a) overused and (b) don't hold up to the comparison of socializing major areas of our economy such as health care, banking, etc.

    The American form of government is a limited one confined to enumerated powers laid out in Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. If the Constitution doesn't say in Art. 1 Section 8 the federal government can do something, it is illegal for the federal government to do it. This philosophy is also represented in the wisdom of the founders the best government is the one which governs least–because the larger government becomes, the more freedom it tends to take away from those it is supposed to serve.

    It is pretty much universally recognized that the U.S.Postal System, while not the total failure most government programs are, is nothing to crow about. Despite massive government subsidies and government protectionism, it barely competes against other private mail systems.

    You might also find it interesting that many fire departments throughout the country are not government-owned and run institutions. In South Dakota, I believe there are only two government fire departments in the entire state. The rest are volunteer fire departments, manned by volunteers and funded largely through completely private funds. There are even areas that are served by private companies on contract which do the job with as good or better quality and at less cost.

    You say socializing our health care system (fully, that it, because it's been partially socialized for a long time) won't affect your freedom to start and own your own business. You're right…for the moment. But your self-centered comment sounds a lot like the statement attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller who did nothing while his country was going down the tubes:

    They came for [insert name/group here] and I did not speak out for I was not [insert name/group here]…
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    We cannot afford to watch these Constitution-trampling usurpers take freedom from this one or that one and rest easy that it isn't us. That isn't the American way, and it isn't moral or upright in any society.

    The free market is hurting and endangered in America, and patriotic Americans must do all we can to protect it from usurpers like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, et al. It's not only the best, most free way of living, it is also required by our Constitution, and until liberals burn the last copy of it, patriotic Americans will insist and fight to see it respected and obeyed.

  6. I still do not quite understand how we have started down the road to socialism with an eventual transition to communism. What I meant in the last comment is that you are throwing the term out without much evidence to back it up. As I understand it there is still plenty of private property. And while the Health Care system is set to undergo drastic change(not if..when) I do not see that affecting my freedom to go out and start a business and privately own the means of production. Ever. The government can own and administer some aspects of production and you can still maintain free market principles. I submit to you the post office and the Fire station. The American way of life is not going anywhere. The free market is here to stay even with the changes in healthcare on the horizon. There is going to be a major shift in the next 7 years and naturally that is going to come with some resistance since people always fear fundamental changes.

  7. If you don't see “much evidence” to back it up, you obviously haven't been reading Dakota Voice for long. Pretty much on a daily basis, I add to the evidence that socialists have been pushing our country farther and farther down that road, going back to FDR and even beyond.

    I noticed you trotted out the tired old socialist excuses of the post office and fire department. They are very tired because they are weak justifications that are (a) overused and (b) don't hold up to the comparison of socializing major areas of our economy such as health care, banking, etc.

    The American form of government is a limited one confined to enumerated powers laid out in Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. If the Constitution doesn't say in Art. 1 Section 8 the federal government can do something, it is illegal for the federal government to do it. This philosophy is also represented in the wisdom of the founders the best government is the one which governs least–because the larger government becomes, the more freedom it tends to take away from those it is supposed to serve.

    It is pretty much universally recognized that the U.S.Postal System, while not the total failure most government programs are, is nothing to crow about. Despite massive government subsidies and government protectionism, it barely competes against other private mail systems.

    You might also find it interesting that many fire departments throughout the country are not government-owned and run institutions. In South Dakota, I believe there are only two government fire departments in the entire state. The rest are volunteer fire departments, manned by volunteers and funded largely through completely private funds. There are even areas that are served by private companies on contract which do the job with as good or better quality and at less cost.

    You say socializing our health care system (fully, that it, because it's been partially socialized for a long time) won't affect your freedom to start and own your own business. You're right…for the moment. But your self-centered comment sounds a lot like the statement attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller who did nothing while his country was going down the tubes:

    They came for [insert name/group here] and I did not speak out for I was not [insert name/group here]…
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    We cannot afford to watch these Constitution-trampling usurpers take freedom from this one or that one and rest easy that it isn't us. That isn't the American way, and it isn't moral or upright in any society.

    The free market is hurting and endangered in America, and patriotic Americans must do all we can to protect it from usurpers like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, et al. It's not only the best, most free way of living, it is also required by our Constitution, and until liberals burn the last copy of it, patriotic Americans will insist and fight to see it respected and obeyed.