Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas seems to be a rising political star that deserves to be much admired.
Unlike the “Old Pro” Republicans, he openly and categorically opposes the government’s runaway spending and its encroachment on personal freedom. Perhaps Mr. Cruz simply hasn’t been in Washington long enough. Hopefully he will stay the way he is.
I nevertheless take issue with something Mr. Cruz reputedly said in a recent interview. He mentioned that despite being roundly critical of President Barack Obama, the man deserves to be praised for continuing to promote Obamacare, despite its increasing unpopularity with the public and the resultant peril it poses to Democratic candidates everywhere.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
Mr. Cruz opined that by contrast, were Bill Clinton now the president, he would have already ditched Obamacare out of political expediency, notwithstanding whatever he believed in personally. Mr. Obama, though, is more of an idealist, one who sincerely wishes to transform the country into a Socialist state. He therefore continues to promote the bill, despite its negative fallout.
Ancient Jewish texts contain an idea that has bearing on Mr. Cruz’s compliment. (Some will deem the concept spiritual, while others may see it in psychological terms. But that matters little.):
When people set out to do something truly improper, for some unknown reason, they will be infused with an extra measure of almost unnatural vigor that enables pursuing the wrongdoing with great energy. However, it will tend to be far more difficult to undertake truly worthwhile endeavors.
To illustrate, a couple conducting an adulterous affair will have boundless energy to pursue the wrongdoing at all times of the day and night. However, a traditional married couple who set out to improve the quality of their relationship will have to constantly struggle with themselves to see their noble undertaking through to completion.
Similarly, one sometimes observes young people who have almost limitless enthusiasm and energy for such purposeless time wasting pursuits as video entertainment. However, doing very well in school or mastering a classical instrument normally requires a great deal of self-discipline and concerted effort that rarely comes naturally. Both types of activities require sustained focus and exertion. Yet, it is altogether easier to work at something that is dissolute.
The goal of providing medical coverage to all Americans is a worthwhile one, and Mr. Obama deserves credit for promoting this high-minded objective. I nonetheless feel that Obamacare is positively immoral.
In essence, in order to secure medical coverage for others, it first extorts fortunes of money from the wage-earning working public by coercing them to pay for the medical insurance of others. It then further steals from those same people by not allowing them to spend their own hard-earned money on the health care of their own choosing.
Traditionally, charity is something that people give to causes they see as important. For one person it is a university, for another an orchestra, for a third medical research, and so forth. Another time-honored freedom associated with charity is the option to not give at all.
Using the police powers of the state to seize money from private citizens in order to fund a charity of politicians’ choosing (in this case aiding the medically uninsured) makes “theft by government” the law of the land.
Also consider that in brutal dictatorships, acquiring property and political power through corruption, stealing, and brutality is the order of the day. However, Judeo-Christian morality does not recognize ownership or status that was attained through fraud. If someone paid $5,000 for a car and was given a bicycle instead, the deal is cancelled, and the seller must refund the money.
Obamacare was passed into law because the president repeatedly assured the country that people would be able to retain their health care plans and physicians. It has since become apparent that this was a deliberate deception and lie. Accordingly, morally speaking, retaining Obamacare’s strong-arm tactics as law is akin to saying that the seller who promised a car and delivered a bicycle is entitled to the $5,000 since he succeeded in fooling the buyer into paying the money.
The whole darned Obamacare bill simply shouldn’t be – in religious terms, it could be called sinful.
Returning to Mr. Cruz’s compliment, it is indeed true that the president continues to promote his signature bill despite the fact that doing so is self-destructive. However, this may not be a function of admirable stick-to-itiveness.
Based on the idea advanced herein, the powerful “fuel” energizing these efforts may be that, in essence, because this bill is so supremely immoral, there is some unseen force driving the President and his people to almost superhuman dedication to keep it afloat.
Abandoning politics and speaking for a moment as a rabbi, this moral/religious principle can also serve as a personal guideline in many of life’s other undertakings. When one notices that pursuing a goal with great energy comes easily from the very outset, it could be a bellwether of an objective that is somehow improper. Conversely, when people have to almost force themselves into an undertaking, it may be the sign of a truly noble endeavor.
Getting back to politics, very amazingly, the glib Liberal “spend the country into ruination” agenda enjoys widespread acceptance and support. Nevertheless, the Ted Cruz’s of the world should not be disheartened. This popularity does not necessarily indicate that the Liberals are in the right and the Conservatives in the wrong. If anything, it may be indicating the very opposite.
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