J. Martin Kohe said: “You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day.”
Power requires responsibility. You can have all the power in the world, but if you use it in a way that only advances your agenda, you are not acting responsibly. Unfortunately, it seems that once people acquire a certain level of influence, it is often used poorly. It’s been said that power corrupts, but I don’t believe that to be the case. Power isn’t sentient; it does not exert influence upon those who posses it. What it does do is unlock what is already embedded within us. Power is the key to a force already inside us. If that force is negative, we become corrupt. I would say humanity corrupts power.
According to CBS DC, President Obama believes that Martin Luther King would have been supportive of the Affordable Care Act:
“Oh, he would like that…because I think he understood that health care, health security is not a privilege; it’s something that in a country as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to.”
There are many things I can’t stand about our President, but this takes the cake. What gives Obama the insight to say that Martin Luther King would have supported Obamacare? Did he speak with him in a dream? Did he go back in time? No, he just thinks that MLK would have. CBS DC:
“The comments come after Obama met Monday with leaders of faith organizations and civil rights activists at the White House to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They discussed how current issues of voting rights, education, unemployment and health care are linked to the 1960s fight for civil rights and equality.”
So, the reason Obama believes MLK would have supported a massive intrusion into the lives of every American is because of civil rights? In what way is the abolition of segregation linked to socialized medicine? In what way is healthcare a civil right? Rights are given to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We endorse the authority of those documents by participating in the American democracy, and living in this country. Once the topic of “further rights” is broached, there can be no end to what defines a right. If healthcare is a right, what else is a right? A house? A car? Groceries?
The link between civil rights and socialized medicine is tenuous at best, but Obama can say whatever he wants because people will believe him. He has power and he is behaving irresponsibly. He is using the memory of a strong, beloved individual to hawk his failure of a Bill. It’s disgusting.
Humanity corrupts power.