I’ve had just about enough of those who would like to pretend that Willard “Mitt” Romney is anything but a big government stooge. American conservatives should run from this man as if they’d stumbled upon a leper colony. There’s simply no excuse for the pretense we here from those in the GOP establishment that this man is a conservative. In this video of an interview with Romney on Wednesday, what is revealed is that he still favors governmental mandates for health insurance. Once again, Romney argues that his is a position of fiscal responsibility, and personal responsibility, and therefore conservative. If you believe this is what constitutes conservatism, you’ve been horribly misinformed, or you’re dishonest, and I will not permit this lie to go further. Let us be clear that when government mandates anything upon the individual, it is fundamentally restricting their rights, and arrogating to itself the choices people ought to be able to make in a free market.
What Romney offers here is just socialist bilge, clothed in a statist’s lies, and it’s time to put an end to it. Watch the video, H/T Rich Lowry at National Review:
Hogwash! Let’s consider briefly what he has said in this interview. Romney offers that since the people of Massachusetts still favor his healthcare plan by a ratio of three-to-one, we should assume this is a good program. In a state where more than 60% of the electorate leans Democrat, and only 26% lean Republican, what Romney has just admitted is that Democrats in Massachusetts support his healthcare plan, because 60-26 is already more than two-to-one. This would be fine if he were challenging Barack Obama for the Democrat nomination, but it is entirely
unbelievable unacceptable for a candidate seeking the Republican nomination. Who expects Willard to repeal Obamacare? Not I. No approximately conservative person can view his justification of the Massachusetts mandate and fail to notice that it is merely another socialistic, big-government, welfare-state solution.
He spends most of this clip trying to explain why a mandate is a conservative idea. It’s not. A conservative knows that government has absolutely no role in healthcare whatever, unless its for soldiers or veterans. That’s a conservative reality. What Willard hopes is that by making this contextual shift, you won’t notice what he’s done in making this claim. He constructs it this way:
Proposition: It is right for individuals to pay their own way.
Conclusion: Then it is right for individuals to be compelled to pay their own way.
This is a ghastly lie. Let’s look at the real logical constructs underlying Mitt’s grotesque characterization and definition of conservatism as applied to this context. What Romney here pretends is that the government has no choice but to provide goods and services, in this case, health-care, to any who desire it, or who can make some claim of need. That is a lie. Government may say “no,” at least until people like Mitt Romney run it. What Romney pretends is that you will be compelled to have insurance so that if you need healthcare, it will be paid for and you will thus not become a burden on tax-payers. Let us be blunt: The only reason people are permitted to become a burden on tax-payers is because governments and tax-payers(or voters) allow it. The real conservative solution is not to mandate healthcare coverage, but to begin the much more important and difficult chore of telling people “no.”
When Romney pretends his healthcare mandate is “conservative,” he’s lying, and he knows it. I will not support Mitt Romney for any office, whether dog catcher or President, because he is a liar. When you see politicians making these sorts of statements, you know they are avoiding something, and in this case, it is the real underlying question: Why do you think anybody ought to pay for your healthcare? That is the first question an actual conservative must ask, and any jack-ass in a suit can propose mandates in the face of false suppositions about who ought to pay.
Health-care mandates aren’t conservative. What they are is a method by which to get some who use little healthcare to pay for the healthcare of those who’d rather not pay, but it’s been all dressed up in the costume of personal responsibility. Here’s personal responsibility: No pay? No healthcare! That’s conservatism. That’s the free market. That’s what I expect politicians to tell people, because it’s the truth. Anything else is a lot of tyranny, and we have too much of that as it is.
Romney is no conservative, and I each time he claims to be one, I am going to point this out as another reminder of why he is nothing more or less than a big government stooge. Romney’s healthcare mandate in Massachusetts is one reason conservatives must not support him, but the greater and more important reason to reject Romney is because he’s lying. Conservatism doesn’t use pretenses like this to sell bad ideas that destroy liberty by their implementation, and actual conservatives know better. At least, this one does.