Special Comment from BTC editor, Sheila Dean,
Over the course of the summer, everyone’s life has been touched by an embittering battle over our nations prospects for healthcare. Political reform is never easy. Many have attempted to recruit my judgements about the healthcare debate. We have sensitively and accurately stayed far from the healthcare debate so as not to impugn the Real ID debate with the political entrapments of this issue. Trusted friends in the media, Republican & Democrat have gone out of their way to get our validation with no success of extracting comment.
That was until today, when Reuter’s published this piece of bait, to lure us out from the safety of hiding by invoking the efficacy of the 10th Amendment.
The decline and fall of the Real ID Act is considered a landmark success for those who needed the 10th Amendment to repudiate a run on privacy and identity. States assertion of personal boundaries to the federal government provided relief to frightened citizens facing the overwhelming compromises Real ID regulations would demand on them. Real ID regulations are insidiously dangerous to citizens. No matter how fast and vigorously Rep. James Sensenbrenner jumps up and down waving his copy of the 9-11 Commission Report recommendations; it won’t stop a cloning hacker or greedy marketing aggregates from skimming an EDL card containing intimate information about us, unless we stop ourselves from getting the card. Sensenbrenner won’t be there to pick up the pieces of your life after it happens either.
Those who can endure our silence on this issue for the purposes of staying the committed course against national identity, should continue to do so. For now, observe the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated.
Our friends and family need our moral and ethical support to stay well and to pursue their personal journeys with vitality. Wellness is a huge part of judgements we make daily in the most intimate parts of our lives. Health does in fact touch identity. Which is why it has been so extremely difficult to stay neutral on an issue that is very unfortunately political.
Americans are open to moderate healthcare options.
What people are sick of are unfunded mandates which require excessive prying into their lives. People are afraid. They want to manage their lives independently and with dignity. They comprehend the loss of their freedoms and are overtired with surveillance agendas, expansions on the Patriot Act and our old nemesis, The Real ID Act.
Let’s focus on a breakthrough for humanity where health coverage does not cost persons their rights, their life or life savings. If the focus of national health does not discourage prosperity, you may achieve the historical landmark for healthcare.
For now, I applaud the courage of our President, Barack Obama, who endeavors a great service to the American people by broaching this excruciatingly difficult and historic debate to provide a public option of healthcare. I also applaud all Congressional leaders brave enough to speak their truths about nuances of health care reform.
We point to the wisdom of the founding fathers and guidance of the 4th Amendment as an arc of light to create the tamper-proof clarity for our concerns. You shouldn’t have to choose between the Constitution and healthcare. They aren’t mutually exclusive.