Trying to “retake the upper ground in this month’s healthcare debate,” President Obama, in a “conference call with religious leaders” cast reform as a “moral conviction”:
The one thing that you all share is a moral conviction . . . . This debate over healthcare goes to the heart of who we are as American people… This is part of an ethical and moral obligation that we look out for one another. In the wealthiest nation on Earth, we are neglecting to live out that call.
He’s right that we have an ethical obligation to look out for one another, but he’s wrong to suggest that the government must be the agency which helps us fulfill that obligation. Many people, including yours truly, donate to organizations and institutions which provide medical services to the less fortunate (the issue at hand in the current conversation). Some doctors, including very conservative ones, waive their fees for patients unable to pay. Individuals volunteer their time to help in hospitals and clinics at home and abroad.
So, he’s wrong, we are not neglecting that call. Far from it. To say as much dismisses the charitable work and liberal giving of millions, if not tens of millions, of Americans. Given that generosity, when the president accuses his fellow citizens of neglecting that call, Obama believes that for us to truly fulfill our moral obligations to one another, the government must step in.
And that is a very dangerous attitude for a politician to have, particularly in a country with the history and ethos of ours.
(H/t GatewayPundit and Greta’s show on FoxNews–which I had on as background while sorting some stuff on my desk.)
ADDENDUM: In that conference call, he continued to accuse others of spreading misinformation without detailing precisely what that information was. It would be more presidential of him to, instead of attacking the supposed purveyors of falsehood, to address the particular falsehood being purveyed.