Like the Democrats, the Republicans have seen their share of special interest groups hijacking the party.
Most notably recently, we have the SoCons. Now, I’m not referring here to Republicans who happen to be socially conservative. In a very real sense, strong moral beliefs have always been part of the Republican Party. The people to whom I am referring are those who put particular social issues above every other issue in the race — to the extent of sacrificing those issues in order to get exactly what they believe they want on the issues. So long as a man promises to try to federally outlaw gay marriage and abortion, their candidate of choice could be as fiscally conservative as Hillary Clinton or John Edwards and still get the vote. Hence, the Mike Huckabee surge.
However, even longer ago than the social conservatives came the corporate hijacking. For some reason, rather than the party of liberty, lower taxes and smaller government, for many Republicans in government we’ve become the party of Corporate welfare. We’ve gone from getting government off our backs to allowing ourselves to be run by big business.
Great. I’m starting to sound like Ron Paul.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have no problems whatsoever with big business. I’m all for it. But there’s a big difference between free-market conservatism and corporate pandering. Corporations, combined with big government, have all but crippled the options for the average citizen.
People are flocking to the liberal socialists’ “universal healthcare” in droves because our choices for health insurance are so limited. And, often being the only game in town, health insurance providers often have little or no incentive to treat customers with dignity or respect. There’s one situation, which I’ll be discussing more about in the future (much more) in which a woman who paid her premiums on time and was hit by a truck was sued by her insurance company because she won a suit against the trucking company responsible for the accident. Legal? Okay. Moral and ethical? Just try and convince me. And often, given the very limited options in healthcare, we feel like we don’t have an option.
But we do.
Far too many people are beginning to rely on government to keep big business in check. They don’t like particular ads, or particular business practices, or particular prices — so they want the government to pass more legislation and regulation. Much of what we see in the regulation category, by the way, is often unconstitionally legislated by non-elected government workers. Lazy “activism” by people who want to have their cake and eat it too.
The fact is, built within the free market system, is the single most democratic and valuable tool in this whole fight: the dollar. We, the people choose when, why and how to spend it. We the people get to choose where our money goes. If not directly, as in the case of insurance companies (often) then at least indirectly by going after the companies who force their employees into substandard insurance plans.
We, the people, have the right, authority and power to change business practices, to enforce a code of ethics and morality within the health and other industries. We are able to drive down prices on needed goods — and even so-called luxury items. All without a single government beaurocrat.
Not only is a boycott a good way to enact change, it is the most conservative means of affecting change in business. It is allowing the market to work. It is giving both consumers and businesses a choice: I choose to spend my money elsewhere until company A chooses to give in to my demands.
Now, as a fair warning, I’m not typing this in a vacuum. I believe we have an opportunity, which I will be disclosing further within the next couple of days, to affect change in at least one big business in regard to healthcare. Why is this important? Well, for starters, because of simple morality and compassion. From a political level, though, it’s because now, more than ever, it has become vital to prove the market system can and does work when it comes to healthcare.
And you and I can prove it. No politicians. No new legislation. Just by witholding our dollars. Just with a simple boycott.