Freedom vs Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy begets bureaucracy! This succinct statement has stayed with me since my college days on an Ivy League campus. The truth of this statement is easy to see in the USA as more and more of our lives are regulated by federal, state and local laws. Many of those elected to office believe they know what is best for us and thus push laws that espouse their belief system. Government knows best is the fundamental transformation that our current Ivy League president speaks of, is espoused on Ivy league campuses, and that is modeled in Europe. The founders of our nation were well aware of the problems of big government and through our Constitution and Bill of Rights put simple basic rules in place to restrict the potential overreach of our federal government. Our freedoms are increasingly in jeopardy as a direct result of government growth.

Allow me to illustrate with two federal initiatives; namely health care and marriage. As a physician I am faced daily with the ever increasing burdens of the misnamed Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The patient and I no longer have the freedom to decide and carry out that which is felt to be in the best interests of the patient. Protocols designed by Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies now dictate standardized approaches to test and medication ordering. Denials have become commonplace, for these protocols consider everyone the same; as if we are 747s fresh off the assembly line. Certain medical conditions benefit from a standard approach whereas other conditions require an individualized approach. Harm has, and will increasingly, occur from the growing bureaucracy where cost containment is the easiest outcome to measure.

Anyone living in America realizes traditional marriage is under assault. Federal and state programs have rewarded single parenthood and now 42 percent of children are born out of wedlock, while over 60 percent are ultimately raised in broken homes. Gay marriage has gained traction and has become a central goal of the administration. You might ask how this impacts your freedom. In order to convert from the traditional view of marriage a new normal must be created. Hate crime legislation and anti bullying laws have been used to silence dissent. Christians and anyone else who openly support traditional marriage will be subject to fines, loss of job, or imprisonment (see Canada or Massachusetts). Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion are sacrificed.

What is next for our culture? I never thought I would live to see the day when traditional marriage was discarded as the ideal building block for the family and society. How far must we travel down a road that increasingly brings on mental anguish and toxic stress to our children? How long will we tolerate a government that insists on separating religious belief from public life? Pre WW2 Germany learned too late the evil that can result from a state that believes it, and not God, should be central to its people. Our Bill of Rights were written by our founders with a central purpose of preventing a overbearing federal government. Our country rose to greatness on these principles of freedom!

Russell Gombosi MD

Cogan Station

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