I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Rand Paul is a genuine class act in the Senate of the United States.
Although his beliefs are far from identical to my own, he has proven consistent to his core principles: something rare in today’s age of politics.
And while I believe than an underpinning welfare safety net is crucial in any liberal democracy, Rand Paul is right to point out that the best, most effective form of charity comes from the private sector, not from a bloated, overpowered government.
“Rand Paul Takes Socialist Bernie Sanders To The Woodshed in Price Hearing”, theglobaldispatch, January 18, 2017:
During the Dr Tom Price hearing today in Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, members from the Democratic Party drilled Rep. Price on a number of issues concerning his beliefs, his finances and his thoughts on a myriad of issues that would be under his umbrella as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, if confirmed.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders was one of the first committee members to question Price, and being the one-trick pony blowhard that he is, this is how the questioning went during his turn:
Sen. Sanders: Congressman Price, The USA is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all it’s people as a right. Canada does it, every major country in Europe does it. Do you believe that health care is a right of all Americans, whether they are rich or poor? Should people, because they are Americans, be able to go to the doctor when they need to, be able to go to the hospital because they are Americans?
Rep. Price: If we are a compassionate society…(Rudely cut off by Sanders to make this inane comment).
Sen. Sanders: No, we are not a compassionate society! Our record is worse than any country on earth in relation to poor and working people. Half of our older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. Compared to other countries, we are not particularly compassionate.
Several minutes later, Kentucky Senator and physician Rand Paul had the opportunity to question Dr Price and he definitely took some well deserved jabs at Sanders and his hyperbole without mentioning his name.
Sen. Paul: It’s been insinuated that America is this horrible, rotten place. The physician don’t have compassion. As your work as a physician, did you always agree as part of your engagement with the hospitals to treat all comers regardless of ability to pay?
Rep Price: It’s one of the things we pride ourselves on. Anyone in need of care was provided that care.
Sen. Paul: It’s interesting that those that say we don’t have compassion, and you look at a country like Venezuela–great resources and an utter disaster where people can’t eat and things are devolving into violence (Remember Mr Sanders dodged a question from Univision during the campaign about Venezuela, a country tanking due to a full blown socialistic system that Sanders essentially argues for).
It is important we have a debate in our country between socialism and communism and America and capitalism. One of the extraordinary things about our country is just two years ago in 2014, we gave away $400 billion privately, not the government, individually through churches and charities. We are an incredibly compassionate society.
Closing on his dig at Sanders comment on lack of compassion, Paul states: I would argue the opposite. The greatness of our country and the greatness of the compassion of our country, we give away more than the gross domestic product of most socialized countries around the world.
Sanders once again just throws out this nonsense and unfortunately, so many believe it (A failure of our government education system that deprives students from knowing the truth about the failures of socialism). As talk show host, Jason Stapleton correctly describes ( A must listen)– “He wraps himself in this mantra of being a man of the people. And in reality, what Bernie Sanders is is a bumbling old man, who has risen to the height of social influence and political power by convincing a very poorly educated electorate that he is an expert on economic and social issues.”
According to Sanders, compassion comes from the government, which nothing could be farther from the truth.
Sanders’ emotional statement on health care as a right is also hugely incorrect. As Judge Andrew Napolitano once penned:
What is a right? A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity. Thinkers from St. Thomas Aquinas, to Thomas Jefferson, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pope John Paul II have all argued that our rights are a natural part of our humanity. We own our bodies, thus we own the gifts that emanate from our bodies. So, our right to life, our right to develop our personalities, our right to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, our right to worship or not worship, our right to travel, to defend ourselves, to use our own property as we see fit, our right to due process — fairness — from the government, and our right to be left alone, are all rights that stem from our humanity. These are natural rights that we are born with. The government doesn’t give them to us and the government doesn’t pay for them and the government can’t take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone else’s rights.
What is a good? A good is something we want or need. In a sense, it is the opposite of a right. We have our rights from birth, but we need our parents when we are children and we need ourselves as adults to purchase the goods we require for existence. So, food is a good, shelter is a good, clothing is a good, education is a good, a car is a good, legal representation is a good, working out at a gym is a good, and access to health care is a good. Does the government give us goods? Well, sometimes it takes money from some of us and gives that money to others. You can call that taxation or you can call it theft; but you cannot call it a right.
If health care is a right, what to stop “compassionate” men and women like Sanders to declare other goods as “rights”?
Thank you Sen Paul for correcting the socialist Senator on the true compassion of America.