Bill Walz | Asheville Citizen-Times | July 18, 2009
I came across something interesting the other day when I looked up the Declaration of Independence. We all know how it starts: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
But it was the ending of the Declaration that I was drawn to. It says: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.”
That doesn't sound much like the greedy squabbling that is going on about getting the basic right of health care to our fellow citizens. Where is the “Honor?” And we certainly don't seem interested in mutually pledging our fortunes (socialism) for each other. Best to let those people rely on “Divine Providence.” They certainly seem to be having a hard time getting any compassion or sense of equality from the health care “stakeholders” manipulating and lobbying to hold on to their “Fortunes,” without a care for the life, liberty and happiness of their fellow citizens.
What Mr. Walz does not understand is the difference between force and persuasion. And he does not understand that Government = Force.
The founders pledged their honors voluntarily. What Mr. Walz advocates is using government coercion to force you to pledge and sacrifice your honor, your labor, your property, and your suffering to the state against your will according to the dictates of a politicized power-hungry bureaucracy (socialism).