From Mike Slack of Commonsense PRC:
Friday I did something very unusual. I called the office of Senator Maria Chappell-Nadal and thanked her for her vote. Senator Chappell-Nadal is a liberal Democrat from St. Louis. I’m a constitutional conservative Republican. We often disagree on the issues but this time Senator Chappell-Nadal and Republican Senator Brian Munslinger stood up for liberty AND for privacy, while five other senators – Republicans David Schatz, Doug Libla, Michael Kehoe and Bob Dixon, along with Democrat Kiki Curls betrayed the people of Missouri by voting in favor of the creation of a prescription drug database. Note four of the senators voting Yes call themselves “small government” Republicans, but they just voted to make government much larger and more intrusive.
The following short article comes from Duane Lester of TheMissouriTorch.com and expresses my views totally, so please take a moment and read his thoughts.
Missouri is the last state in the union without a government run database tracking prescription drugs.
That’s not a bad thing.
The argument is that the abuse of prescription drugs is such a big problem, the government needs to implement this new program in order to somehow curtail it.
Let me rephrase that.
Let me rephrase that.
The argument is the government must expand in order to attempt to police an action that violates no one’s rights.
Is prescription drug abuse bad?
Without a doubt. I’ve seen it’s effects first hand.
But is the proper role of government to police what we put in our bodies? I’d argue it isn’t. The proper role of government is simple and is found in the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
The proper role of government is to secure rights. That’s it.
So whose rights are being secured by the creation of a database to monitor prescription drugs?
No one’s. There isn’t a single person who’s rights are protected by this action.
Worse, this bill will violate the privacy of Missourians and place their medical information at risk by centralizing it all in one government database.
Let’s be clear: this is a bill that will expand government for purposes that are not the proper role of government.
There is only one response a conservative should have to this bill: In the words of Gandolf in The Lord of the Rings, “You Shall Not Pass”.
We hear campaign speeches from people who claim to be conservatives, who claim they’ll fight to “restore liberty.”
When the battle lays before them, they cannot choose to remain seated. They must stand.
Principles matter. You are either for limited government or you aren’t. You can’t kinda be for limited government.
To claim the title of a champion of freedom, of a limited government conservative or a stalwart defender of liberty, one can’t simply stand by
Remember the words of President Calvin Coolidge. who said, “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”
Conservatives must go full Gandalf and stand up to this.
They must ensure it doesn’t pass.
And that means filibuster.
Either that, or they admit to themselves, their
Constituents and their donors that they’re ok with government getting a little bigger in order to do a job it isn’t supposed to do.