Upon Further Consideration…

Man, I just can’t sleep.

At any rate, last night I watched the House of Representatives vote as it occurred. At about 9:45 pm, the “health-care” bill passed, and I wrote a vehement note on Facebook that if Obama signed this bill into law, I would drop my health insurance rather than comply with an illegal Federal mandate.

I’m now rescinding that decision.

I know that very, very few people read this blog or give a hoot what I think. I know that some people will read this and think that I’m a coward who caved on his convictions when he finally took the time to consider the consequences. That’s fine. Those who know me personally know that I’m hardly one to be put off by the threat of physical or financial hardship, and those who’ve deployed with me know that the threat of legal action won’t deter me from doing what’s right (Prison? Hell, have you met my ex-wife? FEAR HER STEREO.)

The fact is, on the off chance that anyone cares or, God help me, wanted to join me in dropping their insurance, that it would actually be counter-productive. Not only am I not actually “obeying the Federal mandate” (I’m not buying health insurance; I already have it), but in dropping my insurance I would be taking money away from the working Americans in the insurance company, and FUNDING the very tyrants whom I oppose (via the penalty which will be applied to uninsured individuals, which will not be applied to any insurance coverage).

It pains me to have voluntarily contracted my entire adult life to allow myself to be put in harm’s way to protect the world from tyrants, only to have tyrants take over my own country through a dishonest back-door. However, I’m a big enough man to admit when I’m wrong (unless it involves asking for directions), and my quick decision on Facebook was poorly-considered. Here’s to the United States of America using this debacle as a rallying cry for freedom and common sense.

PACE

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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