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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

HAL NEFF: REPUBLIC OF TYRANNY?

The piece that I wrote for the Dakota Beacon two days ago is now in computer file limbo. The United States House of Representatives passed HR3590 Health Care Reform last night by a vote of 219 for and 212 against as they approached the midnight hour on a Sunday night in Washington D.C. The jubilant Democrats put the best face possible on this thing they call “Historic Legislation”. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave the pep talk just before the final vote and assured the American people that this was a good thing. After the vote President Obama appeared on television and explained to the people what an “Historic” event this is.


So, here I sit at my computer word processor reviewing the events of last night. Why do I not feel good about this “Historic” legislation? Why do I have this sinking feeling, this almost sure sense that a tragic misstep has been taken at the highest levels of government? Do I have these feelings because I am I opposed to my fellow citizens--North Dakotans--Americans--receiving health and medical care? I’m not a Scrooge. What I am aggravated about is the whole Health Care Reform action that began last year in congress. From the very start it was clear that the big majority Democrat Party control of the Senate, the House and the Whitehouse has put our American republic form of government in jeopardy. Little did we anticipate the behavior and methods they would use to undermine a Constitution of 223 years.

Hence, the theme of this writing: The Erosion of Constitutional Government. On Sunday, March 21 at near midnight the very people sworn by oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States of America, voted and passed legislation in violation of that oath. Actually this vote was the end of a year long succession of corruption taking nearly every form imaginable. From the very beginning of the health care reform process the American people could see the corruption taking hold as the persons selected by the Democrat leadership to “write” the legislation were far left-wing members of their party. Their agenda was a health care system designed and controlled by the federal government patterned after European models (often called “Socialized Medicine); a system that many Democrats have advocated for years.

Members of congress with alternative views and ideas were not included in this process, and certainly no Republican members were included nor were their ideas and inputs asked for nor received. The so-called democratic process of the congress was completely bypassed by the exclusion of the opposing Party and any alternative ideas. So, the Congress of the U.S. became a one-party body, both Senate and House, with a very narrow ideological agenda. Not a violation of the constitution, but Congress has entered some dangerous waters.

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The writing of the bill for reform was done under near-secrecy with little revealed as to authors, and who contributed, and who influenced the monstrosity of two thousand plus pages. During the weeks of writing the reform bill reports dribbled out to the public about closed-door talks with key providers: the health care industry, drug companies, medical device and instrument providers, health insurance companies, and others. Special provisions were set in place with assurances made for many of the industries peripheral to health care in order to gain their support, or to force compliance and to prevent open opposition to their plans. Many of the deals made are yet to be brought into the open; some will involve favorable treatment, and perhaps others will be allowances for special prices and payments-- the equivalent of bribes offered by our public servants using the taxpayers money. Here, again, it appears that deals were made by unidentified or unknown persons with undisclosed authorization and were done hidden from public view. A violation of the Constitution? Probably not, but certainly violates the principles of open government where there were no reasons for secrecy.

As the Health Care Reform bill began to take shape the contents and text were kept from disclosure to the public in written or electronic form; no one other than a select group of people in the Democrat Party and Whitehouse knew the content and direction of the bill. It was during this time that “special deals” were carved out or struck with Senators to assure their vote during the critical 60 vote margin needed to gain passage of the Senate Bill. Is this when the Democrat writers and shepherds of this Reform, including President Obama, stepped over the line into improper conduct of their duties and oath? Examples being the special deal to Louisiana Senator Landreau who was an apparent NO vote until the $500 million came her way. Who can authorize the expenditure of taxpayer money for this kind of use? Is this a bribe? Our Constitution cannot stand up against this kind of behavior.

There is more, much more. The Nebraska “Cornhusker Kickback” as special payment for their citizens on medicare. That deal got Senator Ben Nelson’s vote to gain the 60 needed. Now the news reports that this deal is no longer in the Senate Bill; if they voted it in, how did it get taken out? Does Senator Nelson want to change his vote? Once bought he stays bought? Then there is the promise in the bill for a hospital deal for Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd; how did that get in there? There are special deals for Florida, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee, and even North Dakota to assure their senator’s favors and votes. There is more. The big labor unions came calling to the Whitehouse and President Obama assured favorable taxing treatment (exemptions?) of their Cadillac insurance plans. American people came to the realization that the entire process in congress and the executive branches of government have become corrupted with blatant bribery and cronyism. The congress controlled by the big majority Democrats, and aided by the Democrat Whitehouse entered into collusion to defeat the legitimate functions of the two branches of government. Can our Constitution withstand an assault such as this?

The Health Care Reform HR3590 was passed in the House by a 219 Yes versus a 212 No vote. And passage was by the slimmest of margins: seven votes for national legislation that will undo a superior medical care system, and will begin to put in place a costly and unknown replacement. One-sixth of our national economy is at risk. But the real damage that is done is to our national governmental system. The checks and balances in which we have such faith failed! We look to the Constitution for remedy, and we realize that it is in jeopardy as well!

The election of 2008 gave super majority status to the Democrat Party in Congress and it gave them a compliant President--the two entities in collusion have brought our Constitutional government to crisis. We see now that 223 years of Constitutional self governance may be brought to an end. The government of the people and by the people has been superseded by the Domed Building in Washington D.C.


Hal is a ND native who grew up near McClusky. A Korean war veteran who served in the  U.S. Navy  from 1951 to 1955. Hal and his wife Lois have four children and eight grand children. Hal volunteers at the Bismarck Public Library doing book repair and restoration.

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e Constitution for remedy, and we realize that it is in jeopardy as well!

The election of 2008 gave super majority status to the Democrat Party in Congress and it gave them a compliant President—the two entities in collusion have brought our Constitutional government to crisis. We see now that 223 years of Constitutional self governance may be brought to an end. The government of the people and by the people has been superseded by the Domed Building in Washington D.C.

Dress on April 22, 2010 at 08:21 am
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