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February 16, 2010
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Misguided Good Intentions or Ignorance?

Mark Brumbaugh, Sunday, February 14, 2010

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In this Sunday’s homily, the deacon told us that if we have health insurance and someone else doesn’t, we are STEALING. We were told in that same sermon, that we should no longer use the term “Illegal Alien”, and instead should call those folks an “Undocumented Citizen”. The Prayers of the Faithful included praying for Universal Healthcare and Immigration Reform.

Well, not in my church and not in my relationship with God. Have the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church forgotten to “Give Caesar those things that are Caesar’s and give God those things that are God’s?

This sermon started off innocently enough. It referenced Love thy Neighbor as the greatest commandment. It talked about human dignity. It referenced “Principles,” that ought to guide our actions. It then took an irrational detour into political solutions that don’t and can’t work.

Let’s start with a truism. Bureaucracies Cannot Love. A bureaucracy has no heart, no soul, no conscience, and exists mainly because it cannot be destroyed. It is a waste of time to love a bureaucracy, because it cannot love you back. It is not a person, it does not answer to God or the Commandments. It cannot hear a sermon. It is all process and little progress. What progress may result is generally unintentional, inconsistent with the bureaucracy’s own charter and goals, and all too frequently counterproductive.

How often we human beings, through good intentions, ignorance or even intentional avoidance, ignore this. We try to attribute human emotions to a bureaucracy and then treat the bureaucracy as a person to be loved or hated. (P.S. Perhaps this explains why so many loyal “company” men leave as disappointed and disgruntled former employees.)

Want examples? Was the Church right when it deemed the earth was flat? Is Congress concerned about your welfare? Does your company love you? Have we ended poverty? Has the education system improved over the last 50 years? Do you have social security (little s, little s)? Are we in danger of global climate change? How’s that labor union working out for you and your job security?

Practically speaking, for the Church to tell us to assign our personal moral obligations to the largest bureaucracy of all, the US Government, by calling on us to support a redistributionist agenda, is fundamentally immoral. It is ignorant, irrational, and probably illegal.

Here is a Principle that seemed to be a cornerstone of said sermon. Human Beings have a right to dignity. What does that mean? Well, to me it means the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It means having the right to own private property. It means having the right to work as hard (or little) as one desires, reaping the benefits (or consequences) of one’s labor. It means freedom to choose one’s life path and to what extent one prioritizes one’s needs and wants. It means personal responsibility. To take any of these away must surely diminish the fundamental dignity of man.

It does not mean that we should assign to any bureaucracy the right and function of “Robin Hood.” By what “right” or principle, should we assign to anyone or anything, the right to confiscate the fruits of our labor under the guise of compassion? I submit that to do so is worse than just getting robbed. It is shirking one’s responsibility to love their fellow man, visit the sick and imprisoned, feed the hungry, clothe the poor; INSTEAD, entrusting that moral obligation to a thief; one that has already demonstrated it cannot have compassion. It is impossible to do good by confiscating, by force, the fruits of another’s labor. This has been tried in every communist, Bolshevik, Marxist, dictatorship, and progressive government in the world today. It has never worked and now you know why. It also does not work in the United States, and when tried it contributes to the decline of our quality of life and our ability to help others within and outside our country.

I tell you, I am flabbergasted!

Does my Church really want to assign to the US Government (or the United Nations for that matter) something as fundamental to human dignity as health care?

Does it want the same entity that protects pornography and takes down nativity scenes, to determine who gets what health care and who pays what for it?

Universal Health Care will necessarily result in some bureaucrat determining cost effective treatment for each malady, including decisions regarding end of life and abortion. My Church wants that?

Is the Church ignorant of the law that no person be turned away from an emergency room regardless of ability to pay?

Shouldn’t the level of medical care be better determined by a lifetime of personal choices and their consequent ability to afford care?

Why can’t I buy insurance across state lines?

Why does the government tax us on health care costs that aren’t specifically exempted by special tax regulations?

Why will I have to pay an extra 40% on the insurance I have worked all my life to maintain, while stevedores in Los Angeles are exempt because they have a union voting block?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops should be asking themselves this morning, “What was I thinking?” And parish clergy should be careful to stick to personal moral responsibilities and not support for Government Programs.

A lot of conservatives, like me, are regarded as callous and selfish. Many rally to the class envy call that we fortunate few have won life’s lottery. (Question…How can a government program based on (class) envy, which I thought violated one of the ten commandments, come to any constructive result?)

First of all, whether I am callous, selfish and fortunate is between me and my confessor, and God. He will judge whether or not I am worthy, generous, and use my talents in a way that pleases Him. It is NOT up to some vote seeking bureaucrat to determine how moral I am and then take forceful action to make me as moral as he thinks I should be.

Second, private charities are my choice of sharing. They are efficient in distributing their services and have no distractions such as, “what are polls or my constituents going to think?” They have at least the prerequisite to be able to do good.

I hope that Deacons, Priests, Bishops and the Vatican will rationally study human nature and history. Some good reading material can be found from Ayn Rand, or Mark Levin.

I have personally long wondered why the most eloquent supporter of human dignity, Ayn Rand could have become an atheist in her later life. I’m even today, not sure she actually was an atheist, as her moral compass was just too strong. However, after today’s homily, I now know why she rejected religion.

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