Mar 26 2010
This excellent parable nails the bait and switch of Obamacare for our current health care brilliantly. All you need to know about what just happened is explained by way of the analogy of accessing entertainment via cable, etc. Some excerpts:
The cable company, BFD Communications, produces an incredibly complicated plan for providing cable television service to the community. The plan is thousands of pages long, and no one even claims to have read the whole thing. They spend the weeks leading up to the big board meeting pestering all of the residents with relentless advertising for their services, covering doorknobs and windshields with brochures. Their presentation at the board meeting is several hours long.
BFD Communications explains that purchasing their service will require a lifetime contract, which can never be broken. The condo residents will be required to deal exclusively with BFD for their entertainment needs â€“ all satellite dishes must go, and even the library will fall under their control. The contract will include funding for a large corporate security force, which will ensure compliance by issuing fines for illegal satellite dishes, or attempts to smuggle rented movies into the development. As this feature of the contract is being explained to the homeowners, a large screen behind the BFD representatives is flashing slogans like â€œBFD Enhances Competition!â€ and â€œBFD Saves You Money!â€
It is so Nineteen Eighty Four, and so damn accurate. And this will be what is coming in November:
Bring it on, Mr President? Absolutely!
Addendum: As with any good parable, this one has lessons to learn:
Free people do not accept restrictions from which their government is exempt. This is one of the differences between leaders and rulers.
A demand for commitment without a guarantee of performance is domination, not service.