Regular readers will remember that I have somehow been added to the Obama campaign (for lack of a better word) email list. The most recent email was simply too good to pass up because it contained this image of the new "Affordable Care Act" bumper sticker:
I have to hand it to them that this is a fairly clever play on the classic "Don't Tread On Me" flag, if one is willing to commit willful ignorance with respect to what "treading" means in any real sense. The sentiment behind "Don't Tread On Me" is Peace and could be elaborated to, "Don't steal my stuff, make me do things against my will, or otherwise mess with me." Obamacare is a federal law, including myriad rules, regulations, and mandates piled upon an already highly-regulated, semi-socialist medical system. Without getting too deep in the weeds, "My Obamacare" could be elaborated as, "my right to healthcare services provided by others at a price not determined by mutual agreement and regardless of my ability to pay." So, "Don't Tread On My Obamacare" really means, "Don't try to stop me from forcing others, through my agent (the state), to provide me a service they may or may not agree to under voluntary exchange." What mental contortions must one achieve in order to think that this is the way civilized human should behave?
I've said it before, and I will keep saying it until I feel it is no longer necessary. Rights are those things that should be respected by others, not provided by them.