Last night’s unprecedented assault on our most basic constitutional rights must be addressed quickly by voters and elected officials alike. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been preparing to file suit against the Obama Administration, while State Rep. Bryan Hughes announced legislation “that protects Texans from the federal health care bill passed by the United States Congress.”

If you’re like me, the Sunday actions of Congress — this assault on our most basic constitutional rights and principles — was nothing short of sickening behold.

But we must not despair! There is a strong medicine available.

The very nature of ObamaCare degrades our quality of life by limiting the ways in which men and women can seek to pursue their happiness. By almost completely socializing medicine, individuals no longer have to bear the burden for their unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Anyone who thinks health care will not be rationed or severely degraded is living a fantasy. For decades, the United States has been the medical destination of choice for world leaders and the wealthy from every socialized nation under the sun. That they came here explains everything necessary about why we should not have adopted what they lived under.

A government that controls health care soon establishes itself as the regulator of every aspect of life. How soon until we are required to support the “Pelosi Salt-Control Act” because treatment of hypertension is putting too tight a strain on the government medical system?

The very essence of liberty is eroded by this unnatural severing of the relationship between individual liberty and personal responsibility.

As this new governmental python wraps itself around our economy, it will necessarily squeezes the life out of American ingenuity and vitality.

The concept of a centralized government making complex decisions about each individual’s life fits nicely with cultures accustomed to living under kings and tyrants. In much of Europe, rights are still perceived as emanating from the generosity of government, to be added or subtracted by the whim of rulers.

Such is not the case in the American experience, where rights are understood to flow from God to the individual, with minimal meddling by government. In the American equation, we flipped the denominators; the people are in charge, law is king, and government is our servant.

Though not for much longer. Under this Europeanized health care model, we will be forced to beg government for our very life.

President Obama and his allies have imposed upon us something incompatible with our history and the very fabric of our approach to government.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today he will be participating in a lawsuit with several other states to use the courts in an effort to stop ObamaCare.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) has announced he is preparing legislation to shield Texans from ObamaCare. He described the legislation passed by Congress as “a radical departure from the role of government our founders put in the constitution.”

Both are admirable and correct actions, but they are not sufficient. It is incumbent on voters and taxpayers to take responsibility for cleaning up the mess by clearing out those who have taken our country so far off course.

We have to be part of the solution.

Here’s my prescription of five things we must do:
1. Keep up the calls of opposition to the congressmen (all Democrats in Texas) who voted for it; remind them just how bad a decision they made.
2. Contribute to those congressmen’s political opponents, and to organizations that will likewise fight this politically and in the courts.
3. Thank the state’s Republican congressional delegation for standing up for our values and principles on this issue. Make sure our state lawmakers are supporting the legal and legislative remedies proposed by Mr. Abbott and Mr. Hughes.
4. Activate our friends and neighbors in what is now an even more important political season.
5. We must vote. From the top of the ballot to the bottom, we must cast our votes only for those who will diligently work to quickly unravel this anchor tied to the neck of our economy… and the very life of every American.

By taking a swift action today, and every day, we will make America healthy again.


Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”

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