Sunday’s passage of health care reform is prompting some of us to open our windows and shout “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” just like Howard Beale in the 1976 classic film Network.
Government like cancer seems impossible to stop. And our nation’s chronic addiction to Leviathan gives us plenty of reasons to feel depressed. I too have been experiencing restless nights, anger, agitation, exhaustion, rage, bewilderment, and doubt about the future of the country and more importantly liberty until I realized something “the market always wins.” No matter how tyrannical any government becomes tyranny by its very nature is as unsustainable as government debt. Tyranny like humanity has a very short shelf life primarily because it violates God’s natural laws. The more I ponder this thought, the longer and wider my smile becomes. And so does my sense of peace.
Government is its own worst enemy. The larger it grows, the more unsustainable it becomes and so with every intervention, every new social program, every new war, we actually grow closer to watching the whole system implode giving us ample opportunity to reclaim our freedom. And in the meantime, rather than waiting for the “perfect” moment for that to occur, we can already formulate plans with neighbors, friends, coworkers, colleagues, and others to find ways around government. The market always finds a way around government not only because it is vastly superior in every way to tyranny but because government is like Frankenstein…slow, plodding, lurching, and like in the Mel Brooks’ classic Young Frankenstein…stupid too. Remember, government has the brain of “Abby Normal.” We forget that government operates in the marketplace too but handicaps itself with central planning, millions of bureaucrats bumping into each other, and thrashing about like children in a pool on a hot summer day.
As soon as the government health care “reform” kicks into high gear, I imagine finding a doctor you want to visit will require an intuitive knowledge of the back alleys of your town, city, or village much like finding a speakeasy during Prohibition. And that makes me smile too since I know I’ll receive superior care and may eventually get to pay for that care by trading a goat, horse, or pig for an annual physical. Just thinking about it reduces my blood pressure, lowers my bad cholesterol, and straightens my posture.
Even if federal health care SWAT teams kicks down my door, put guns to my head, and forces me to purchase health insurance from the government…the market will still win. For ever person jailed for refusing to purchase government health insurance, ten others will find ways around the imposition. Government intervention provides the market with opportunities to innovate. I look at the latest power grab as a once-in-a-few-decades opportunity to create viable alternatives locally. Underground community based health care clinics providing superior care to government kwanzet huts will now thrive.
While many of us bemoan the loss of our republic and debate about when it exactly happened, I raise my glass of heart-healthy red wine in a toast to the my health, your health, and the health of the market. The market is like Lance Armstrong…multiple winners in the long race called life. So next time you feel yourself depressed about Leviathan’s latest tyrannical move…remember…the market always wins…so live strong.