Donald Cline of Payson, Arizona, sent the following Letter to the Editor to Pete Aleshire, the editor of the Payson Roundup. Mr. Aleshire has not published it. Mr. Cline advised Gila Watch that Mr. Aleshire hasn’t published any of Mr. Cline’s letters to his newspaper for months. Gila Watch appreciates the opportunity to publish Mr. Cline’s letter.
Pete Aleshire’s column, “The Greasy Pole,” postulates that “Obamacare (is) good for some, troubling for others” and entirely misses the point of the argument about Obamacare. Mr. Aleshire’s column is about the perceived value system of one side of the federal health care debate versus the perceived value system of the other side, and concludes the discussion by throwing out both sides and asserting Mr. Aleshire’s own value system – which has no more bearing on the debate than any other.
It has no bearing on the debate because the debate is not about value systems. The debate is about principles, a concept totally absent from Mr. Aleshire’s column, and clearly absent from any branch of the federal government as it is currently administered.
The principle at issue in this debate is the principle of liberty from government intrusion into private affairs of the citizens and robbery of their productive labor for unauthorized purpose. Does the United States Constitution, the written document that established the government of the United States and delegated to it the only lawful authority it has, delegate any authority whatever to the U.S. government to rob Peter to pay Paul’s medical bills?Read more