Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. (a summit that CNN proudly labeled as anti-gay and anti on its broadcast), Dr. Ben Carson said that "Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery...and it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control." Dr. Carson, who became known around the country for speaking out against liberal policies (including Obamacare) at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, explains conservative ideas in a clear, concise manner that is atypical of others in the movement. His statements are only shocking to those on the left of the political spectrum who are not accustomed to having their ideas questioned or challenged in such a forthright manner by conservatives.
Carson's statement that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery is only partially correct, for just about every initiative or program implemented by progressives in the past century could be characterized as the worst thing since slavery. What all liberal policies have in common is control. Just below the surface of every program that on the surface seems to be designed to improve the lives of the downtrodden is an ulterior motive that seeks to impede the individual's ability to think and act on his own. Yet, Obamacare seems to be the most destructive of all to human liberty and prosperity. Forcing Americans to purchase a product from the government under the threat of a wide range of penalties is the darkest and most ominous form of coercion that progressives have ever devised. They have worked diligently to implement national health care for decades, deriving their sustenance from the desire to socialize the health care system and the economy.
The question we must consider is whether providing health care to the few will be worth the far-reaching and enduring cost to our society. Over the years we have surrendered so much of our liberty to the powerful and there is little left to give. We are reaching a point where there will be no return, a moment when the hands of government will direct our every thought and move. For if government can force you under the penalty of a fine or imprisonment to buy a product, what else can it not tell you to do? Once this precedent is set, what reverberations will be felt across our civilization? The evil force of government has coerced Americans for decades to eat certain types of food, to drive particular types of vehicles, to avoid certain types of behavior, to curtail our desire to speak, to refrain from expressing religious beliefs, to abandon our culture and history and way of life. When that coercion becomes codified into law, when the government can not only coerce but enforce, then we are slaves.