In a short throw-a-way post on RedState.com, an unknown Conservative Blogger, unwittingly exposed Conservative’s Logic “Achilles Heel.”
The Blogger makes two statements:
- “He has worked tirelessly to bring about individual liberty, but will vote against a bill that removes the government’s power to force you to buy health insurance, regardless of whether or not you can afford it.”
- I realize I’m just a blogger, and maybe I’m in the minority here. But, this is something we at RedState have been talking about for years: the words of politicians should be backed up by action. If they aren’t, we have to find someone who can back them up and get them elected instead. I won’t say it’s time to primary Rand Paul… but the people of Kentucky deserve better. If he can’t be better… then yeah.
I highlighted the two key parts.
#1 – “government’s power to force you to buy health insurance” – Specifically the Government Mandate in Obamacare. Conservatives hate this mandate. They hate Government
A key Conservative logic foundation is that it is bad for the government to force behavior. The Conservative Achilles Heel here is defining the words, “Government,” “Force,” and “Behavior.” The Achilles Heel here is that conservatives believe they can define all those words for every situation. Conservatives think all these words are binary.
The Achilles Heel here is those words are not “binary” they are “analog.” There is a continuum from Zero force to Infinite force. And there is a continuum from local government to National or International Government. And there is a continuum of behaviors.
In order to logically apply the foundational thinking that it’s Always bad for the government to force behavior you have to say where the boundaries are to that thinking.
The Achilles Heel is that one either believes it is bad for the government to force behavior, or it depends on the level of government and the kind of force being used and the behavior being affected.
is binary or is wrong for government to force behavior at any level of government on any topic and in any way. Or, While, I tend to agree at the Macro level that , I think the level of Government is important. Is it the Federal or State or Local or even Community Government? Also, in addition to what level of government you are talking about, what are the specific definitions of force being applied?
A community can force drivers to have car insurance so if they cause an accident the other parties can be made whole. Why, then can the community not force a resident of the community to have health insurance? Perhaps because their actions shouldn’t cause harm to anyone else. But, if you agree to treat everyone in, at a minimum, an emergency room, and if you further agree that if they can’t pay, the community to subsidize the care, then, then can
The question that this post raises is that it is bad for the government to force you to do anything, so shouldn’t it be bad for the government to force you to buy health insurance.
#2 – “the words of politicians should be backed up by action. If they aren’t, we have to find someone who can back them up and get them elected instead.” Points to the “Fascist” A key Conservative logic foundation is that words of politicians should be backed up by action. The action referred to here is a conservative action; lowering taxes, killing Obamacare, national defense, etc.