“…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Those fourteen words conclude the most important document ever written in American history – the Declaration of Independence. Fifty six men signed their names to that declaration out of a firm belief and conviction that what they had written were truths granted to all men equally by a Creator. Those fourteen words came fittingly close to what many people at the time felt was a death warrant – a sure way to bring havoc upon the colonies by the English monarchy. What is lost over history is the fact that those fifty six men were so committed to their beliefs – that all men had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that they were willing to put their lives on the line. And they did so without hesitation.
This week, nearly 234 years later, our country finds itself at what may be the end of a long and heated discussion on health care legislation. 435 men and women, chosen by the people, have been asked to make a public decision - a vote - on the merits of proposed healthcare reform legislation. If only 216 of them stand up and cast their vote in the “aye” column it will become the law of the land. Yet, there is great hesitation to do so. Many know that the proposal is not what the American people want. They know that fundamentally it will hurt American jobs and American families. Yet in Washington they face tremendous political pressure to capitulate to those in powerful leadership positions.
And so, rather than taking a page from American history and pledging their “Lives, Fortunes and sacred Honor,” there are those in Washington that are looking to “Deem and Pass” this massive overhaul of 1/6th of our nation's economy. The political maneuver would essentially pass the measure without having members vote on it - without having them sign their names to the policies and the impacts of the legislation.
If what has been written on 2300+ pages is as “right” as those ideas endorsed by our Founding Fathers, then those who believe as such should be willing to stand up and be counted and allow history to judge their actions.
I am willing to be counted. My vote is no. I think this proposal is wrong for America.
Yours in service,
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:53 AM