ObamaCare passed because enough citizens and legislators believe some version of the saying “money is the root of all evil”. This allowed a far left president to persuade legislators to take a giant step towards Socialism. Despite a huge majority of opposition to ObamaCare, I lump citizens into this assessment because some of us elected President Obama and gave the Democrats an overwhelming majority in Congress.
The bedrock principles of Capitalism are freedom and mutually beneficial exchange, otherwise known as “honest profit making.” Capitalism has an extensive and rock solid theory to support its ideals. Along with that its record of achievement when compared to Socialism is both extraordinary and undeniable. When both theory and reality are ignored or passively dismissed to the detriment of oneself and society, root causes must be identified and questioned. The root cause in this case is the premise that money is the root of all evil.
I’m aware that some will say, “The saying is a Biblical misquote, the original saying being, the love of money is the root of all evil.” It may be factual that the original Biblical quote was intended to warn people about the evils of ill gotten gains. However, that intent has been powerfully overwhelmed, crushed and substituted with its present day incarnation, “money is the root of all evil.” The result is ObamaCare.
Getting back to root causes, I believe with confidence that humans by nature are good. They want to help others, but the overriding value is the quest for morality, the quest to “not be evil.” Even though Capitalism’s ability to “help thy brother” has proven itself time and time again, one of its core features is the pursuit of individual wealth, the honest pursuit of money. The most honest pursuer of money on earth cannot stop the guilt when their own virtue is turned against them because of their subconscious acceptance of money as the root of all evil. If in some corner of their hearts and minds they buy into the idea that money is the root of all evil, they become defenseless in the face of those who claim to be the champions of social justice, fairness and compassion through Socialism and all its variants. They will not rise to the level of intensity required to stop legislation like ObamaCare.
The root cause of ObamaCare is the lack of widespread reverence and universal moral support for honest profit making. However the last eight months indicate that the tide may be turning. If Americans forego the idea that money is the root of all evil and embrace honest profit making, they’ll rid themselves of unearned guilt and allow their nature given goodness to drive them to make things right.
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