Time will be the true test of whether or not the United States has turned the corner and fundamentally been transformed as President Obama had promised to do. If the United States has been successfully transformed, then we will likely not see another Republican President in the United States, at least not with a conservative agenda as it is currently understood to represent. Other ramifications of this transformation will be detectable as religious institutions will become less independent from government demands made through requirements to comply with legislation and regulation demands forcing them into actions and policies which currently are an anathema to them. The cusp of the leading wave will originate from the applications of the Affordable Health Care Act, initially with the required insurance coverage for such items and procedures as contraception drugs and abortions.
The first challenges of this argument are currently headed for the Federal Courts in lawsuits brought by Catholic with other religious institutions such as schools and hospitals. This argument probably will not reach finality without being reviewed at some point in the future by the United States Supreme Court. But even should the government be permitted this amount of influence over religious institutions such as schools, hospitals and other ancillary institutions; it will not be the final confrontation. It will prove to be only the first of ever increasing and deeper intrusions until religious freedoms as they are currently defined have been redefined favoring the power of government regulation over religious institution’s independence from government influences and intrusions.
The full extent of the effects and ramifications of the Affordable Care Act are going to be transformational in many ways and areas beyond what is currently the general understanding of the majority of the population. Should this law and all of its myriad of regulations and requirements be applied and installed into the mechanisms of the varied areas of the American society without any overt resistance or even outright rejection, then the first and largest step towards the transformation of the United States towards a socialist moderated form of capitalism and its inexorable transformation from an individualist society towards a more communal oriented society such as permeates modern day Europe will have been permitted their beachhead from which to attack our freedom and liberty. The real interesting question that must be asked is whether this is the final destination which the newest form of progressives are aiming towards or do they hope to go even further?
The answer to this question was hinted at during one of President Obama’s speeches during the campaign. While proclaiming the wonders and magnificence of the bailout of the automobile industry and his saving of General Motors and Chrysler, President Obama went one step further and stated his intention to take this example of cooperation and joint ventures between the government and industry to many other areas where he claimed government partnerships would result in many wondrous and beneficial results. The worrisome thing was the thunderous applause that exploded from those listening to this speech and their seeming embrace of this idea. One has to wonder if anybody who responded so favorably to this idea had any clue that what was being proposed was <a href=http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Fascism.html target=blank>economic fascism</a> which was considered so favorable in the 1920s and early 1930s until it was abused leading to the greatest war in our planet’s history. This has to make one wonder if perhaps the transformation President Obama and his fellow travelers are seeking bears any resemblance to the economic fascist countries such as Francisco Franco’s Spain or Benito Mussolini’s Italy. As stated at the beginning of the article, time will tell.
Beyond the Cusp