Thanks to Powerlineblog for a wonderful article on Abraham Lincoln, which includes this quote:
You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.
Stephen Douglas, his opponent in the race for President, argued that slavery most be allowed, that it wasn’t the place of government to stamp out diversity. The quote above was part of Lincoln’s response. Lincoln went on to become the first Republican President.
These words ring true today, because truth is timeless. Democrats today are still seeking to maintain the bonds of servitude on the masses. The rules and regulations of our government still endeavor to help people who it says can’t help themselves.
Obama says the people just don’t understand health care enough to appreciate it. Mandatory health care will be better for people, they just aren’t smart enough to realize it. In the same way, the King said the serf was better off, and the plantation owner said the slave’s lot was better than if he was freed. And the king and the plantation owner BELIEVED it; they believed in their heart of hearts that they were genuinely better than their subjects, and well-equipped for deciding the lives of lesser men.