“Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America”

July 30, 2009

Ben Stein’s got it right.

You remember Ben.  He’s that monotone teacher from Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, best known for deadpanning “Beuller…Bueller…….Bueller………….Beuller.”

Not only is he a very funny actor and comedian, but he’s also a writer, economist, and lawyer living in California.  He writes a column for every issue of The American Spectator, the venerable conservative magazine that actually started publication in Bloomington, Indiana (hardly a conservative hotbed, but I know from personal experience that some wonderful right-thinking people live there!  They funded part of my college education.)

Word for word, here’s the latest from Ben Stein.  I could not have said it better myself — his opinion perfectly captures what I’m worried about.  My Democrat friends (you know who you are) will cackle at Ben’s opinion and probably send me notes that conservatives have screwed up this country so IT’S OUR TURN.  I reject that opinion.  Our America doesn’t need a steamroller.  It needs a clear head. And if we’re going to fundamentally change the way we deliver health care — then we deserve a long, thoughtful, painful debate about the consequences.  Haste Makes Waste.  But, then, my hero Ben says it so much better than me.  Read on:

We’ve Figured Him Out

By Ben Stein on 7.24.09 @ 9:45AM

Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?  Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.  They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a “community organizer,” Illinois state legislator, and Senator.  The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth.

Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.

The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill — a great idea in theory — was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.  The American people already know that Mr. Obama’s plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be — a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation.

Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to “protect us” from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.

Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.

There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.


3 Responses to ““Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America””

  1. Pasadeena Says:

    I am standing up for my freedom! Who is with me?

  2. lodefinition Says:

    If I were Ben Stein (someone I generally respect), I’d be embarrassed by what appears to be an ad hominem attack on Obama. Listen, Stein is no dummy, so, why isn’t he simply addressing factual issues underlying heath care? Toward that end, may I suggest you read Paul Krugman’s OpEd:
    After that, I refer you to Bill Kristol
    . In this clip, separate from overall quality of care issues being discussed, Mr Kristol makes a factual error; he refers to the VA heath care system as being “expensive”, whereas in truth, it costs -less- than private health care… indeed, by a factor of ~1/2. Ie, VA health care is not only very good, it is also less expensive than what private citizens have to pay for their own health care /insurance. (The punchline, of course is, the VA, like Medicare, is yet -another- government run heath care system, a health care system run very nicely, thank you, by the government.)

  3. lodefinition Says:

    Why is it this blog reply system stripped out the web links I offered?
    Let me try offering links again:

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