At a conservative blog that shall remain nameless, a conservative commenter who insisted that "Obama absolutely wants to destroy America" suggested that "nationalized health care is theft!" Presumably, he was referring to Obama's plan, though I'm unsure what that had to do with nationalized health care.
And of course, his big complaint was that we won the election and are doing things he doesn't approve of with his money. And on the one hand, he's got a point. If I took your hard-earned money and spent it by buying a car that I sometimes let you use, you'd probably be pissed and accuse me of stealing your money. And if I had no legal claim to your money, it definitely would be theft.
But on the other hand, if we were roommates and had already agreed to pool our money together and take turns buying whatever we wanted to buy, and when it was my turn I decided to buy a car that we could both use; that wouldn't be theft. Because it was within the agreement that we had previously decided upon.
And that's exactly what we have now. Our form of government is an agreement where by we appoint people to represent us to do what we think needs to be done. And we pick these representatives by voting, with the people who get the most votes becoming the representatives. And these representatives get to decide how much money is collected and what it is spent on.
And this agreement only makes sense if everyone agrees beforehand to do whatever these representatives decide, even if we don't agree with their decision. I mean, it wouldn't be fair if I agreed to help pay for the video games and pay-per-view wrestling that you chose to buy if you refused to help buy the car that I chose to buy.
But hey, maybe you really hate cars or don't have the money or simply think I'm insane for buying a car. That's cool. This isn't a death pact. You can either break the agreement or you leave the apartment. And to move this back into our real world situation, you either break the agreement or you leave the country. Those are the only two options.
Settling Disputes in Our Democracy
And of course, it would be pointless to have such an agreement unless it was enforceable, so it's part of the agreement that anyone who breaks the agreement can be severely punished. And anyone who seriously attempts to permanently end the agreement can be put to death. And again, this is all in the agreement. And if you choose not to follow the agreement, yet don't want to face punishment, you have only one option: Leave. Unless you get caught breaking the agreement, it's never too late to leave and no one will stop you.
And that's what we're talking about. There is no "theft" here. This is the agreement which we all agreed to by living in this country and the only way out of the agreement without facing punishment is to leave the country. Or, we can break the agreement and be punished in accordance with the agreed upon rules. Or, we can just wait until it's time to elect new representatives and hope that more people agree with us this time.
And that's it. Those are the options and you already agreed to them. And there's no special clause in the agreement that says that "real" Americans get special privileges or have veto power if their representatives don't win. We're all equals in this and need to play by the same rules. No one is exempt. And again, if you don't like it, you leave. That was my option when I was forced to pay for a war I disagreed with, and that's my option now.
This is our democracy. This is how it works. And anyone who thinks what Obama is doing is "theft," clearly doesn't support our democracy. I guess Obama isn't the only one who wants to destroy America.