Written, directed and produced by Colin Gunn, who first grabbed our attention with IndoctriNation,“Wait Till It’s Free” is another powerful documentary that exposes how the U.S. government destroyed our healthcare system.
America’s medical industry has no free market competition whatsoever. When shopping for anything else, people have various ways to find the best value for money, but in the healthcare industry, it is impossible to check prices. Costs are intentionally obscured and consumers have no idea what they are paying for and whether or not it is good value for money.
How we got here
At the starting point, the whole healthcare pie was where it belonged-in private hands. However, in 1935, we shifted towards socialism with FDR’s “new deal,” which pushed cradle-to-grave entitlement, significantly increasing the government’s role in private lives.
This was followed by FDR’s Stabilization Act of 1942, which prevented employers from raising wages. Regardless of FDR’s intentions, this first, giant government overreach started us down the road to a ruined healthcare system, and paved the way for the following:
• 1965–President Johnson passes Medicare and Medicaid, a huge victory for those seeking government-controlled, centralized medicine.
• 1973–the journey toward Socialism continues with President Nixon’s signing of HMO laws with the hopes of controlling the rising costs that were created by government interference in the first place.
• 1986–a veto-less bill is passed by a Democrat Congress obligating hospitals to service individuals whether or not they could pay.
• 1993–President Clinton’s “HIPPA” law is passed, which is merely a huge bureaucratic burden to doctors and hospitals.
•2006–Medicare Part D was signed into law in by President George W. Bush, placing an additional 852 billion dollars of debt on Americans’ shoulders.
Obamacare–last stop before socialized healthcare
Obviously, the most detrimental and destructive program ever forced on the American public was Obamacare. Obama had the charisma and political momentum to force through this law while citizens were still excited about “hope and change.” However, here is an interesting quote by a Harvard Law School graduate who attended the school with Obama from 1988-1991, served on the Harvard Law Review with him and heard many of his philosophies:
“Obama believes in the redistribution of wealth. He does not like the fact that some people have higher income than others in this country and he is not a friend of free enterprise.” –Andrew Schlafly, Attorney General Counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Although Obama marketed this socialist law as something he created to champion the “little guy,” in reality it was nothing more than a backdoor way to push us into socialized healthcare.
The government created this outrageously expensive system by tampering with what should have been left in the hands of the people, and then comes to the rescue with a controlled pricing system that was nothing more than crony capitalism. It is merely socialized healthcare with a profit taking middleman–the insurance companies.
Obama’s mandate that all citizens purchase health insurance was his way of making sure the middleman got paid. Obamacare was nothing more than the government cutting deals with big businesses, while simultaneously hurting patients and small businesses.
The failure of Obamacare is a mathematical certainty. Unfortunately, however, this creates the launching pad that proponents of socialized medicine have been attempting to build for over 70 years: the demand for a solution in the form of a single-payer system.
The government systematically ruined America’s healthcare system, nevertheless Americans will turn to that same government for a quick-fix, which can only be socialized medicine. After all, isn’t that the system used in Europe and Canada?
Let’s take a deeper look at what we are attempting to model ourselves after due to media brainwashing and our own naivety:
Socialized medicine is not the answer
In today’s age of unconstitutional “it should be free” mentality, socialism in all forms plays well for the media. Regardless of the fact that it fails 100% of the time, many still find socialism appealing, failing to realize that our government is suppose to ensure equal opportunity, not provide equal things. When they try to do the latter, it inevitably leads to shortage, and finally rationing. When rationing is applied to healthcare, the government wins and patients lose.
Liverpool Care Pathway–A nightmarish pathway to death
Gunn’s documentary takes us across the pond to the world of socialized medicine and exposes its unconscionable results. In one segment, the film follows the story of a terminal patient admitted to a London hospital with symptoms of pneumonia. London hospitals are part of the National Health Service–NHS–which is a socialized healthcare system.
Upon admission, the patient was immediately placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway–LCP. Although the name rolls easily off the tongue, as does “Obamacare,” there is no care on the Pathway, it was merely a pathway to death: even those expected to live for years with their illnesses were heavily sedated, denied food, water, and life-sustaining medicines without their permission until death occurred.
The doctor of the patient featured in this segment, Professor Patrick Pullicino, who later played a vital role in the exposure of the LCP, found that his patient was being deprived of all lifesaving measures and instead was being given high doses of morphine at regular intervals, which would have killed him in a matter of days had Pullicino not staged a rescue.
This was not an isolated incident, but rather an everyday practice of the NHS at that time and a perfect example of socialized health care. After the patient was rescued, he went on to live 14 more months with his family, despite his terminal illness. Those last 14 months would have been robbed from him under the LCP euthanasia program. In fact, he may have lived even longer if he had not once again had to enter one of England’s hospitals for a different set of symptoms, at which point he was put back on the “care” pathway and essentially euthanized, dying a few days after admission.
Sickeningly, at that time, the NHS even gave target numbers to hospitals and offered incentives for placing X number of people on the “care” pathway to assist them to an early grave. Finally, when Doctor Pullicino and several journalists began exposing the LCP for what was, a scandal erupted and the Pathway was supposedly abandoned. However, many people believe its practices are still underway, merely repackaged under another name.
In a scandal involving another NHS hospital, where 1,200 unnecessary deaths occurred in 36 months, the following quote was made by Andrew Lansley, the MP Secretary of State, on public television:
“There was a lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership. The most basic of carestandards were not observed, fundamental rights to dignity were not respected, elderly and vulnerable patients were left unwashed, unfed, without fluids and deprived of dignity and respect.”
You’ve just had a glimpse of “free.”
The solution elbowed aside
Sadly, the capitalist system is begging and pleading to help and would indeed fix this disastrous problem through the same free market competition that makes car insurance, food, clothing, and other items affordable.
Below are some chilling prophetic words by then-actor Ronald Reagan in 1961:
“My name is Ronald Reagan and I have been asked to talk on several subjects that have to do with the problems of the day. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms and at the moment the key issue is we do not want socialized medicine. Tell them that you believe in government economy and fiscal responsibility, that you know that governments do not tax to get the money they need, but governments will always find a need for the money they get. You demand the continuation of our traditional free enterprise system. Otherwise, federal programs will invade every area of freedom we have known in this country, until one day we will awake to find that we have socialism. If you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America, when men were free.”
Listen to Reagan:
Sadly, he was correct: when Obamacare fails, our government will offer their final healthcare solution: socialized medicine, death panels and “care pathways.”
Gunn’s documentary should inspire We the People to turn from our destructive path before it is too late. If remains to be seen if Americans will wake up or eventually experience first hand the extraordinarily high moral and monetary cost of “free.”
Armbands and the death of a Republic
Weeks ago, David Hogg and sister unleashed a new fashion statement for “their” movement. In an attempt to copy Tinker, they want people to protest guns by wearing armbands. The movement Lauren Hogg named #ArmbandsForChange encourages students to make their own armbands, a surprising move for people trying to capitalize off of the death of 17 students. Nonetheless, obvious criticism and comparisons to Nazis ensued. However, I believe Corey Stallings of LowderWithCrowder correctly opined:
Before you break out the hammer and nails to crucify me, I’m not saying the kids are Literally Hitler. I’m not a leftist, after all. I know their choice of armbands wasn’t intentional and they’re copying student hippies from the ’60s. Alls I’m saying is a group of armband-clad underaged lemmings marching in the name of big government isn’t the best look, regardless of their intentions.
We have to cut the kids a little slack on account of their ignorance. They lack experience and perspective to understand the complexities of issues and their actions. This is also why it’s silly to let them dictate American gun policy.
Also, while we’re on the subject, armbands, ribbons, and other grandstanding gestures don’t do anything for a cause. I have yet to find a single person who changed their opinion on a subject thanks to a clever Twitter hashtag. Facts and stats, on the other hand, are effective like Michael Moore taste-testing for Little Debbie. Unfortunately for anti-gunners, facts to back up their views are scarce. Which leads to the dependence on superficial gestures. Which might accidentally harken back to Nazis.
The March for Gun Confiscation is taking place, and while armbands aren’t a major theme, the implications of what they are doing are a reason for liberty overs everywhere to brace themselves. Mob mentality has a dark history and they compare to a little-known story that impacted the Founding Fathers and our history.
Not Quite Tinker
Tinker v Des Moines is a case about students who wore armbands to protest US involvement in the Vietnam War. This is what 14-year-olds learn about in high school government classes. In both cases, armbands are involved; however major differences arise. For Tinker, it was a passive method of protest. Also, Tinker was honest, in that, the Vietnam War was the subject of protest. The Hoggs, on the other hand, want major gun restrictions, to put it mildly. They mask this intent under the guise of protesting gun violence, a term coined by gun control activist in the first place. The scopes of these respective protests are vastly different. One protested a poorly executed military misadventure, the other wants to take away the rights of the people. The latter is quite aggressive. As Stallings noted, the facts aren’t on their side, so they rely on emotions to dictate policy and conversation. They are trying to awaken the mob. Emotions and intimidation are all part of a time-tested means to advance evil. The Nazis are only one example. Another brought down a Republic.
The Dutch Republic
Before the United States, the Dutch had a Republic. The Dutch Republic was a maritime empire dominating Europe in world trade. They even had the world’s first stock market. But all the while, the Dutch struggled with a division between people who believed in the ideals of Republicanism(Republicans or Patriots) or the people who wanted a strong government leader, the Orangist (monarchists). The Orangist supported the royal family, in this instance is William III Orange.
There’s a Dutch movie on Netflix called Admiral. It’s about how Admiral de Ruyter, one of the greatest admirals of all time, navigated both war and politics. Better action scenes than most of Hollywood. It features Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister, so there’s some familiarity for the American viewer. Anyway, in the movie, the Orangists are depicted wearing Orange armbands.
In history, Charles II made an alliance with the French and German states to coordinate an invasion of the Netherlands. The statesmen, Johan de Witt had long helmed the Republic and through multiple wars, but this war would be his last. The alliance caused such a panic, that mob rule took over. The Orangists seized Cornelius de Witt, Johan’s brother for “conspiring against William III” and tortured him. Violent demonstrations took place. Johan de Witt resigned. He shortly after went to see his brother. The mob seized the de Witt brothers and tore them to pieces and hung the remains against a lamppost. 1672 was the fall of the Dutch Republic. Though the rise of William III, the eventual King of England following the Glorious Revolution, would save them from England, the Dutch Golden Age was ending.
The mistakes made in the Dutch Republic were noted by the Founding Fathers. In Federalist 20, James Madison critiques the Dutch Republic as an example of a failed confederacy. He refers to the United Netherlands as “imbecility in government.”
A weak constitution must necessarily terminate in dissolution, for want of proper powers, or the usurpation of powers requisite for the public safety. Whether the usurpation, when once begun, will stop at the salutary point, or go forward to the dangerous extreme, must depend on the contingencies of the moment. Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities.
The Founding Fathers put in place many precautions in order to prevent mob rule or imbecility in government as seen in the Dutch Republic. The confederacy, Madison argues was ineffective, and true patriots know that we must avoid the same mistakes.
Hoggs and Mobs
Whether it be larger forces than them or they themselves, their actions are dangerous. I don’t believe that these kids were trying to be Nazis; however, they are, likely knowingly, trying to incite a mob. A more accurate comparison than Nazis would be that they are like the Orangists, wearing orange coincidentally used to protest guns every June. Their protest is assertive and, if successful, will strip the natural freedoms away from many Americans, especially their age group of young adults. Their armbands are identifiers in which they intend to normalize and further mobilize their calls to control the liberties of the people. Calls to actions such as theirs are why the people necessitate a Constitution empowering a unique federal system including a Bill of Rights to specifically protect freedoms from a single tyrant and or the tyranny of the majority.
The Republican Party showed its true stripes and proved David Leach right all along
Over the recent years, the Republican Party told us that they needed control of the House. We gave them the House. Then they said we can’t do enough, we need the Senate. We gave them the Senate. Then they said we can’t do enough, we need the White House. We gave them the White House, even if it’s not the guy they really want. But now I turn on the cable news shows and they now say they just have a thin majority.
Can’t the Republican Party make some kind of stand for little “r” republicanism? Can’t it make a stand for conservatism? Can’t it make a statement for liberty and freedom? Can’t it make a statement for private property rights? Now it needs a greater majority that is basically mission impossible, especially in the Senate.
The Republicans overwhelmingly have decided to pass the omnibus bill which was put together by mostly progressive thinking lobbyists. Granted military spending will be increased but so will the Democrats beloved welfare programs which they have used to buy votes and gain more and more power. It will also fund Planned Parenthood which in spite of shining a light on shady dealings of fetal parts, getting abortions for underage girls under the table, or not really investing in pap smears or mammograms as it will continue to keep its bread and butter of pre-born baby murder going strong. I really believe that many politicians in both parties benefit from abortion due to the fact they seek constant sexual flings with just about any women who work under them as these young ladies try to move ahead in their careers.
The Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (his pet projects will be funded) are so happy with this bill cause they know it’s only going to benefit Washington and the Democrat Party.
For all the faults Rand Paul has, including his support of Mitch McConnell’s last election campaign, I have to give him credit for speaking out against this current omnibus spending bill. It seems that if the Democrats want to spend more of the taxpayers’ money it is wrong. If the Republicans want to spend more money, than its OK…but it should not be OK.
Sadly conservatives who have not read Pastor Cary Gordon’s book A Storm A Message A Bottle http://cornerstoneworld.org/a_storm_a_message_a_bottle or watched his series of animated videos Five Steps to Political Epiphany. http://stepstopoliticalepiphany.com/ They will protest the election by sitting out the election, instead of using their write-in blank or third-party options since Duverger’s law forbids this. Meanwhile, President Trump might go down in history as the bigger spender than Barack Obama.
We can’t any longer tolerate any more excuses. Regardless if the Democratic left is in the majority or the minority they seem to have the power in the elected branches of government. They have the power in other areas of government no matter what. We can learn one thing from Bible Believing Christians when they start a new denomination when breaking away from a bigger one. They break away because the establishment in the old denomination they are breaking away from does not repent of their apostasy (while claiming new truths). They try and they try, but like the American Gladiator event Pyramid they just knock you down to the bottom time and again. The only thing you can do is to let them go their way and let the denomination implode as they try to prevent themselves from being corrupted. It proves Jesus that you can’t put new wine into old sheepskins. We must do the same thing and try to build a new political party that can replace the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party is not what it used to be.
Mr. President, you made a choice and that choice was to sign the bill and take what you can get. Conservatives like myself, Steve Deace and Mark Levin, would call this a betrayal of conservatism. Either you are naive and/or a fool about politics, or a true charlatan, or something in between. All I can say to you is only “proved” that Benjamin Wilhelm and David Leach correct, and it will show in this midterm election. You screwed the pooch just as the Republican Party elite has done many times before, and the Democrats wildest dreams are coming true. Your likely impeachment, single-party rule, making America a new Soviet Union or some kind of socialist experiment, and the Democrats desire to become Demi-Gods.
Your own words you said on TV so many times are coming back right at you like a boomerang…”You’re Fired.”
Is Operation Choke Point making a comeback in GOP-controlled Washington?
In 2013, Barack Obama and Erik Holder launched Operation Choke Point (OCP), an initiative that gave the government power to use banks and financial institutions to track down companies suspected of illegal activities.
Like just about everything else Obama did, OCP violated our Constitutional rights—in this case the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure. However, the community organizer also used OCP as a back-door method to dismantle the Second Amendment by using banks to shut down “risky” gun dealers by denying them bank services. In 2015, a gun store in Hawkins, WI, was driven out of business when their bank closed their account simply because they sold guns and ammo.
Obama’s dictatorial use of OCP eventually led to the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act (FICPA) in 2016. Co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the bill was designed to prevent the government from using banking services to target firearms businesses for doing nothing more than exercising their Constitutional rights.
But all of this transpired before the high school shooting in Parkland, FL. Since that tragedy, there’s been a new willingness by Trump and the GOP to abandon liberty in the name of safety. Gone is the commitment to protect the Constitution. Instead, a Dianne Feinstein-friendly approach to chipping away at the Second Amendment has taken its place.
Already on record as being in favor of denying due process rights in order to seize our guns, Trump has joined hands with Republicrats, Trumplicans, and Democrats—sorry if that was being redundant—to advance a host of anti-Second Amendment schemes.
One such scheme is a proposal known as “Fix NICS.” Though supposedly an improvement to background checks, this bill is so flawed that it would give government the power to seize guns simply for having unpaid parking tickets. Bad news, right? That’s not the worst of it. Fix NICS is part of the new Omnibus bill to finance the government for the rest of the year.
Since we’re talking about gun control and finances once again, it looks like Operation Choke Point could be on the way back. Citigroup announced yesterday that they will cease doing business with firearms dealers unless they adopt a host of anti-gun proposals, such as not selling guns to anyone under 21.
According to Citigroup’s head of global public affairs, Ed Skyler, this new policy isn’t intended to “rid the world of firearms.” However, it should be noted that Skyler served under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for eight years. As you’re probably aware, Bloomberg is the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in the anti-Second Amendment movement.
Will Trump and the GOP keep OCP from making a return? Will they stop people like Bloomberg? Or will they cave to anti-gun hysteria and welcome them into their Constitution-killing fold. Based on recent history, the answer to these questions aren’t looking too good.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.