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December 28, 2012

Controlling others for the common good is not good

The writer Robert Heinlein once said: “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”

So it is where we find ourselves under single party rule?

 No difference between Republicans or Democrats. I think I can mark the official slide into serfdom after the repudiation of Ron Paul.

I guess being a serf isn’t so bad. Many Medieval serfs had good life under their aristocratic masters. But if you don’t like that and wonder what to do remember that Article V Constitutional Convention I once mentioned?

Silly, huh? Except that states are already asserting themselves. Thank you, Gov. Corbett of Pennsylvania, for stalling on the health care exchanges, the key component, without which there can be no Obamacare.

Pennsylvania joins 21 other states, perhaps more now, in refusing to start the exchanges.

Now to be sure, the Department of Health and Human Services can send in federal employees to do what the states won’t.

Good luck with that, we’re broke and even Conceder of the House Boehner would have a time selling the employment of tens of thousands of new federal workers.

So I pose this thought: If the states can nullify Obamacare what else can they do? Term limits? Neutering the Supreme Court? Shut down the IRS? Those are a few fine ideas.

It isn’t pie in the sky, because the states are already doing it.

Let’s help them out, because I’d like nothing better than to stick it to those trying to control others for the greater good. I guess it is the surly curmudgeon in me.

 James Parsons, former resident

Carlisle, Pa.

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