Jamie Freeze Baird
Congress mugged, Atlas shrugged
By Jamie Freeze Baird
March 22, 2010

Last night, I had a terrible nightmare that America adopted socialized medicine. Then I went to sleep. On March 21, 2010, Congress voted to pass health care "reform." As I watched C-SPAN (from 9pm ET until 1am ET), I was struck by the audacity of Congress to pass a bill that 54% of Americans disagreed with. To honor this historic legislation, I have drafted a "thank you" note to Congress:

Dear Congress,

Thank you for destroying free enterprise. This health care bill will stifle the free market by utilizing government subsidies to undercut the market value of insurance and health care. It is easy to say that health care is too expensive, but undercutting the fair market value of health care by creating false competition that does not need to respond to the market will further hurt us economically. But the general welfare of the economy is not as important as your agenda. I understand.

Thank you for destroying a republican form of government. The American political tradition was one of a representative democracy — a government created for the people and by the people (according to Lincoln). The passage of this bill removed the facade that has been in place for years. The facade was that America was still a republic when in fact, we have been at the mercy of agendas from various sides.

Thank you for saddling me and future generations with debt. I am 22 years old — part of the age group that is supposed to benefit from this bill. I call foul. It might be "free" now, but nothing in life is free, and we will be paying for this in taxes. Obama promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. Where will this money come from? Other departments? Hardly. Tax payers? Most likely. Simple economic theory proves that high taxes stifle entrepreneurship and economic growth. We are in a recession, remember? We will be paying for your legislation long after you have met your Maker. After all, entitlement programs are gifts that keep on taking.

Thank you for violating liberty. Under this bill, Americans will be fined for not purchasing health insurance. This is a violation of my personal liberty. By declaring health care a right, you have violated my real rights (the right to life, liberty, and property). Rights are not bestowed by Congress. They are God-given and inalienable. Forcing me to buy insurance to support my "right" to health care is tantamount to forcing me to buy a gun to support my right to bear arms. Both are a grave injustice and a violation of personal liberty.

Thank you for standing up for tyranny. As previously stated, we no longer have a republican form of government; rather, we are ruled by an oligarchy who believes they are smarter than the average American. Let's face it, 219 people decided to override the will of people (their constituents). Is that tyranny? I know no other name for it since tyranny is simply oppressive power. Edmund Burke said, "Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny." It seems that a good deal of tyranny goes on in the name of "protection." At this point, the American people need protecting from a tyrannical government. When asked what form of government we had after intense debate, Benjamin Franklin said, "A democracy, if you can keep it." Our Founders knew what tyranny was and they knew future generations would be prone to it. That prompted Thomas Jefferson to say, "Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." Know this, Congress: Freedom (though hard-won), when won, will swell and choke out tyranny. You have been warned.

Thank you for inspiring a revolution. After all, Thomas Jefferson said, "Every generation needs a new revolution." The 1960s had the Goldwater revolution. The 1980s had the Reagan revolution. 2010 marks the Conservative revolution. Do not dismiss our cause as one that will not last. After a long train of abuses at the hands of our government, we the people say no more. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that, "A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government." When your seat comes up for re-election, do not be surprised to find yourself in the unemployment line. You might have suckered the American people, but they will sucker-punch you with an ideological and political shift towards conservatism. After all, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., "In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat."

A wise man once said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Well, Congress, let me tell you that I am a scorned conservative female. You voted on March 21, 2010. We will vote in November. Congress, you mugged, but Atlas shrugged. Soon, you will be asking, "Who is John Galt?"

Thank you,

Jamie Freeze

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Jamie Freeze Baird

Jamie Baird received battlefield experience in the war of ideology while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, she served as Vice President of the College Republicans and was the lone conservative opinion columnist for The Carolinian, UNCG's student newspaper. After surviving college without becoming a liberal, she graduated in 2009. Jamie received her Master of Arts in Government, with certification in Law and Public Policy from Regent University in 2011, where she was also active in the College Republicans. You can contact Jamie at jamiebaird12@gmail.com with questions, comments, rants, and snide remarks.


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