BIG BROTHER BARACK ORDERS OUR BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
by Nat Hentoff
from HUSTLER Magazine December 2010
OUR PRESIDENT SEEMS INTENT ON TELLING
US WHAT TO EAT AND WHEN TO DIE!
Some of our President’s critics say he is “cold,” but he is so concerned with our cost-efficient well-being that on June 10, 2010, he issued an executive order (not requiring Congressional approval) that inserts into the Obamacare law yet another regulatory committee. Never before has there been anything like this governmental shaping of our lifestyles. As Bob Unruh of WorldNetDaily reported, the new committee will “make recommendations about and establish rules for everything from how people exercise to whether they smoke to the food they eat and the medicines they use. And it specifically requires the committee list the priorities for lifestyle behavior modification that the government will pursue.”
On White House stationery, Obama’s historic executive order is listed as “Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.” Among the behavior deciders on this advisory board—a brain trust that 1984 author George Orwell never thought of in his futuristic novel—are the chiefs of the Agriculture, Labor, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Homeland Security departments. Oh, yes, also the director of the National Drug Control Policy.
To indicate how seriously the Obama Administration intends to control how you take care of yourself, Bob Unruh earlier reported a Department of Justice brief to dismiss a lawsuit by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which was opposing the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the interstate sale of raw milk.
Here is the unequivocal statement by our government that the claim by the plaintiffs in this lawsuit “of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is…unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” You have been warned by your government.
The Obama regime will tell you what’s good or what’s bad for you to eat and drink. How come the Founders never thought of that? Some of them were not very careful of what they ate or drank.
Are any of us going to be punished for not obeying this unprecedently benevolent government? An answer comes from Constitutional lawyer and former law professor Herb Titus, the 1996 Vice Presidential candidate on the Constitution Party (a/k/a the U.S. Taxpayers Party) ticket: “It’ll be criminalized. Ultimately that’s where it’s headed. That’s what this is designed to do. Ultimately bring everything under the federal umbrella. The only way they can accomplish that is through force.”
Depending, of course, on whether this administration stays in office. The vital list of reasons for voting in the midterm elections— let alone on the 2012 decision for a second Obama term—keeps getting longer and longer.
Consider the Behavior Modification Executive Order’s Section 3G, which basically mandates that the council in charge of our lifestyles will “carry out such other activities as are determined appropriate by the President.” There are no limitations on how our maximum leader can intervene, all by himself, in our personal lives.
And keep in mind this future date, as underlined by WorldNetDaily columnist David Limbaugh (Rush’s quieter younger brother). The “Advisory Group” in this executive order “in consultation with the council, must submit, by March 23, 2011, a ‘national strategy’ to ‘set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention.’ ” Who knows what they, or the President alone, will come up with?
Meanwhile, we’re learning a lot more about how the Obamacare law will decide how long some of us—whose continued health, and therefore lives, are too costly for the government to sustain—will live. Not only the elderly are imperiled.
We already know that Obama has appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to the single most powerful healthcare position, the head of Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Berwick has publicly declared his “love” for Britain’s National Health Service and its rationing of British healthcare and lives. But now the New York Times’ preeminent reporter on all of this, Robert Pear, has discovered that “Dr. Berwick has championed efforts to ‘reduce the total supply of high-technology medical and surgical care.’” They’re too damn expensive to be permitted by a President committed to reduce our deficits.
I am alive to write this because quadruple bypasses were invented and perfected in time for me to have one 16 years ago, when my cardiologist said that my life was “hanging by a thread.” Many of us, of all ages, are still here because of continually invented high-technology medical and surgical care. And many more lives can be saved in the years ahead, unless Obama and Dr. Berwick manage to cut off more and more of the expensive research these advances require.
As for those of us who may need intervention at what could be the final chapter of our lives, Dr. Berwick wants to “reduce the use of unwanted and ineffective medical procedures at the end of life.” Your own doctor will not decide if they’re unwanted or ineffective; Dr. Berwick and his regulators will. Neither he nor they will have actually seen you.
Remember the fiery debate on whether Obamacare would result in “death panels”? They won’t be called that, but in addition to Dr. Berwick, there will be scores of bureaucrats on Obama’s regulatory commissions to rule on which American lives are no longer worth living. An accurate Obama campaign promise should have been “Death you can believe in!”
Nat Hentoff is a historian of the Constitution, a jazz critic and a columnist for the Village Voice and Free Inquiry. His incisive books include The First Freedom: The Tumultuous History of Free Speech in America ; Living the Bill of Rights ; and the forthcoming Is This America?
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