Friday, September 25, 2009

"If This Doesn't Scare You, Nothing Will"

National Right to Life Today's News & Views
September 24, 2009
By Dave Andrusko

I'm not so innocent as to believe that facts always "speak for themselves." There can be an honest difference of opinion about the meaning of the facts, or important information omitted/unavailable, or great uncertainty about the "unanticipated consequences," to mention just three reasons some things might not be as obvious as a first read of the "facts" would suggest.

But there are other occasions when the truth of a proposition is so straightforward that it all but jumps up and smacks you in the face. When that is in the context of a growing threat to our liberties, we ignore it at our peril.

I offer the courageous and prophetic remarks of Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell which you can watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6rY3rxb60k When I sent this out to friends yesterday, I added this introduction: "If this doesn't scare you, nothing will."

There is no more consistent or articulate defender of the First Amendment in the Senate than McConnell. McConnell was on the floor of the Senate denouncing an action that was as outrageous as it was chilling.

As the publication Roll Call put it this morning, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus "asked Jonathan Blum, acting director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Drug and Health Plan Choice and a former Baucus Medicaid policy aide, to investigate a mailer by the insurance giant Humana that was critical of Baucus' health care reform bill. Blum sent Humana a letter warning them to stop sending out the critical mailers and said the agency is investigating the company's activities."

McConnell put it plainly and bluntly. "We cannot allow government officials to target individuals or companies because they do not like what they have to say." He went on (almost plaintively), "Is this what we believe as a Senate -- that this body should debate a trillion-dollar health care bill that affects every American while using the powerful arm of government to shut down speech?" Read more.

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