HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has decided to deal with insurance companies that complain about ObamaCare the old fashioned way. She is threatening to use the power of the Federal government drive them out of business.
Think about that for a minute. What do you call a government that can arbitrarily destroy business because they disagree with the policies of that government? The word “Tyranny” comes to mind. Oh, it might go by such unassuming names as “Socialist” or “Fascist” but, in the end, it’s all tyranny.
That’s the problem with the current political scale used by almost everyone. One the left, there’s the tyranny that we call Communism. On the right, there’s the tyranny called Fascism.
Communism (tyranny) <------------------> Fascism (tyranny)
The same extreme is on both ends. Tell me, when was the last time you used a ruler that went from 12 inches to 12 inches? Such a think is ridiculous to even consider. Rather, a reasonable ruler goes from zero to some maximum.
tyranny (maximum government) <------------------> anarchy (zero government)
The trick, as Thomas Jefferson put it, is to find the balanced center where there is just enough government to maintain a civil society and no more. When a government official like Sebelius can threaten to destroy a company for disagreeing, the government has fallen too far to the left.
November is coming and will be the first step in moving back to the balanced center. In the mean time, enjoy this blast from the past as Andrew Klavan explains Sebulius’ argument.
(Originally posted at PerlStalker’s Ramblings.)