part of the Constitution. I have refrained from blogging my political thoughts until now but with the election crap heating up, I just can't keep my mouth shut any longer.
John Kerry delivered the Democratic radio address today and part of what he had to say was this :
"We value good-paying jobs that actually let American workers get ahead. We value affordable health care that is a right, not a privilege, for every American. We value an America that is free and independent of Mideast oil. And we value a strong military and strong alliances, so that America never has to go to war because it wants to, but only because we have to."
Ok, I'm all for good-paying jobs for Americans but NOT if the wages for those jobs are inflated and cause the cost of the widget being produced to be 10 times what it would be if it were produced by someone NOT backed by the AFL-CIO. I'm also a fan of the idea of being free and independent of Mideast oil but, given the fact that Congress has voted against drilling in ANWR, it seems to me that this is a pipe dream at best right now.
But my BIGGEST gripe with Kerry's stance is this - HEALTH CARE, WHETHER AFFORDABLE OR NOT IS *NOT* A RIGHT. Nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights does it say that Americans are afforded the RIGHT to health care. NOWHERE. Nor do I want it to. Would I like to see affordable health care that is available to all Americans? Yes. Do I belive it is my RIGHT to such health care (or ANY health care, for that matter)? NO! NO NO NO. You have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have the right to remain silent, to have an attorney present during questioning. BUT THAT'S IT. We do NOT live in a socialistic society which Mr. Kerry seems to think we do. NO - this is a capitalistic society. Socialism is over in Europe or, if you don't want to fly, in Canada. But America is a capitalistic society and I'm sick and tired of people trying to turn it into a socialistic one. If I want to contribute to the cause of affordable health care, I will make a donation. But I'll be damned if our tax money, money that my husband earns by putting his life on the line, goes to pay for health care for people who, for whatever reason, cannot afford it themselves. That's why we have CHARITIES. Our government is NOT a charity and our tax dollars are NOT donations. I really wish the Democratic leadership could get that part straight.
I'm done ranting now. That one has been building for a while. I feel better now.