Why Healthcare is not a Right

Here is an interesting interview in which Congressman Ron Paul is asked about his notion that healthcare, as well as other goods and services are not rights. He explains this in detail and shows that making goods and services “rights” violates the rights of others; because the government has to take from somebody else in order to hand out goods and services to people who don’t have them. Taking of goods and services from one person to give to another is not the hallmark of a free society.

RT: “You’ve said before that you feel that healthcare is not a right. Can you justify that?”

Ron Paul: “I think very easily: you have a right to your life, you have a right to your liberty and you ought to have a right to keep what you earn in a free country; but you don’t have a right to ‘stuff’. You don’t have a right to services or things like a house or a job; because, in order to get that, the government would have to take it from somebody else.

If somebody claims you have the right to a car and they don’t have one and the government gives them a car; they have to take the money or the car from someone else, so it’s a contradiction in terms. If somebody claims that they have a right to something; they have to violate somebody else’s right.

So the most you can expect in a free society is for the government to make an attempt at protecting rights, not to try to redistribute wealth; if you do that, all people lose their rights.”

Ron Paul: “…What I’ve tried to do in the past is offer something that would replace government programs; because there’s lots of ways you can deliver services and good other than through government mandates and government spending; because inevitably that fails…”

Constitutional Amendment to Equalize Congress with the People in the Eyes of the Law

The message quoted below has been floating around via email for some time. I figure that I should post it here for the maximum effect.

What we have in this country is a political elite who are often exempt from the laws which govern the people. One example is the healthcare legislation which was recently passed by the Congress. If you look, I’m sure you will find countless other examples of preferential treatment towards the elected officials in Congress.

It is very difficult to amend the Constitution and we must do so carefully; because we are tinkering with the very underpinning of our liberties. Regardless of how unlikely this reform is to make it into the Constitution; nevertheless, it is worth a try.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

If each of you who agree will contact a minimum of twenty people on your e-mail address list, and in turn ask each of those to do likewise.. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States “.

Is it My Duty as an American to Help Freeloaders Obtain Health Care?

I would like to thank the leftists for giving us all “universal” health care.  Basically services that we are going to be forced to buy, else pay a penalty on our IRS tax return.  I haven’t even been to an allopathic “doctor” for my health in about 10 years; so despite the fact that I might not want to take part in that system at all someday, these extortionists are going to force me to have insurance; and not just any insurance, the insurance that the government says is okay.

The way a republic like ours is supposed to function is: you are allowed to do whatever you please, so long as it doesn’t violate the inalienable rights of another individual.  The government is supposed to exist in order to protect those inalienable rights as their soul function.  The people of a nation are supposed to keep their government in line by demanding that those rights be protected above all else.

This healthcare bill infringes on my rights to choose where and how my money is spent and how I manage my health.  What if I decide I don’t want insurance someday down the line?  Let’s say I’m a self-employed health conscious individual who only needs coverage in the event I get hit by a truck and have to get put back together.  I might want a health savings account and a high deductible policy; but the government must first approve any selection or I will be forced to pay penalties out of my salary.

Look, if you can’t get affordable health coverage, I’m sorry; but you need to realize that the government involvement in the health care system is a great deal of why it is so expensive already.  Around half of all of the money spent on healthcare comes from the government; this drives up the prices for everyone.   Its the same with education and all of the government money pumped into that system on a continuous basis.

If you don’t really understand the deeper effects of how markets work; then I can see how it looks like a good idea.  You think that the so-called “free market” doesn’t work for health care; but you don’t realize that we don’t really have much of a free market here; the government has all but taken over the system and look what the results where.  What we’re looking at is a problem that government helped create and more government control is not going to magically solve it.

Personally, I am covered by an insurance plan via my employer; but I rarely use it for myself.  I can accomplish most of my health care with diet, nutrition, exercise, herbs and an inquisitive mind.  I don’t want your health care and I do everything in my power to not need it.

There are a great many people who need the health care, primarily because they are mostly unaware of their unhealthy lifestyle habits.  I’m sorry to say it; but if you drink soda and eat processed junk all day you are going to have health problems; I don’t see why it should be my responsibility to bail you out when you are made to face the consequences of bad decisions.

One thing that we have to realize as a collective is that there needs to be risk.  Risk motivates people to be more aware; because they know they must avert that risk.  People are always calling on the government to protect us from risk by spreading that risk out over the collective; but all this really does is make us a weaker society because people make worse decisions when they don’t have to be concerned with risk.  It also penalizes productivity because a fair chunk of society freeloads on the back of the socialized risk machine without contributing meaningfully.

We need to make some drastic changes in the direction our society is going.  Less health freedoms are not going to make us any healthier; it will just encourage people to be lazy and freeload on the system.  It will also limit the options of people who are mindful and want to use alternative treatments; because being extorted into paying for “care” lessens the amount of money for alternative treatments.

Podcast #2: Brief Tutorial on Mantra Meditation

Here is a brief podcast on mantra meditation.  This is something you can do if you need to center yourself.  It works if you are experiencing depression, hypertension, pain and discomfort, or any number if maladies.

Your mind can gets into negative habits and these habits enthrall the mind in a ritual of degeneration.  Mantras are a way of re-setting your mind/body/spirit complex, so you can be more in the present moment.

How Taxation Enslaves Society

Those of you who think government is here to “solve problems” and is therefore justified in the ever-increasing amount of tax they levy on productive individuals should listen to this podcast.

In the United States of America HALF of all of the people work for the government in one way or another. In addition to that, 30 million do jack squat, drawing on welfare and being non-productive. That leaves less than half of us to do all of the productive work and have a fair chunk of that taken by non-productive individuals in the government and welfare/warfare system.

If you add up, just part of the taxes, over half of your money is taken via direct taxation, especially when you factor in the fact that half of the social security tax is hidden by being a “match” from your employer.

Do you want to know what to do about this? I can tell you this, the answer isn’t in waiting for something to happen or someone else to do something. There are hundreds of ways you can improve your lot in life and avoid tax.

Listen to this podcast for an explanation and some ideas that you may not have thought of yet.

Do yourself and your society a favor and minimize your contribution to the welfare/warfare state by:

  • Pay off debts
  • Growing and preparing more of your own food
  • Using less energy
  • Bartering and trading instead of buying everything new and throwing useful items away
  • Building and repairing things yourself

It all comes down to churning less dollars through the system; because the system thrives off of dollar activity.  If you take your money and employ it in a productive way, then you are generating new wealth for yourself.  If you instead took that money and bought a ready-made solution, then you are spending excessive money and feeding the system.

Gardening is a great example of this.  If done properly, you can spend a few hundred dollars getting a garden ready and maintaining it; this garden will feed you for as long as you take care of it; however, if you just bought all of that food off of the shelf at the supermarket, you would pay much more for it, it would be taxed in countless ways and the quality would not be as good.

If you learn how to be more self-sufficient, then you become exponentially more wealthy; because you have more abundance around you and you require less to survive; so you potentially have more time and money as a result.

Episode-379- How Taxation Enslaves Society

The Survival Podcast

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Today we discuss taxation from the view of the modern survivalist. We examine the non partisan truth of taxation, the reality that the only constant in taxes for over 100 years is more taxation which have created more spending. We now have an unsustainable government and that government has created sustainable poverty.

The long term consequences of this system are easy to see, understand and if we are not careful feel overwhelmed by. I am here today to tell you that you are not controlled by the system, it is you and your fellow American’s that power the system. Unlike a battery though you control your power, where is focused, home much is used etc.

The reality is we are our own solutions and it is only by first changing ourselves that we can ever hope to change our system. Tune in today for the horrible truth about taxation and the empowering reality of your ability to control it.

Podcast #1: Overview of What’s to Come

This is the first of many MyStrangeMind podcasts, which gives an overview of the kinds of topics we’re going to get into over the coming weeks. The primary focus is:

What can we do to improve our lives? What can we do to improve our health and our well being?

From that question, we look into ways in which we can improve our everyday lives by being more aware of our habits and the effect they have on us. What kinds of projects you can do around your home, to improve its ability to be a safe and healthy environment, promoting a healthy routine that you can carefully craft to meet your goals.

We’ll get into all of these ideas and more in today’s podcast. Please have a listen and feel free to drop some feedback so I can improve it.