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All Be Free

We can
be free.

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 | Model info | Footnotes

It is the government’s job to protect us from the threats of war, aka protect us from dying, and that’s why that is a good allocation of tax money. Because we don’t want to die. That’s the purpose. We like being alive. Feeling safe from dying is a big part of what makes us feel free. But there are many more ways to die other than from war. We die from car accidents, which is why it is a law that cars have to come with seatbelts. Seatbelts keeps us from dying in car accidents. We also die from illness, yet for some reason, the US gov has decided, despite being fully able to offer us all healthcare, which would help keep us from prematurely dying, that we don’t need healthcare. They choose not to create a system where we all get healthcare, even though many more people die because of a lack of healthcare than from war. I think they choose to use our tax money to provide universal safety from war because it makes money for the people in power. I think they choose not to provide universal healthcare because the people in power make money off of keeping healthcare private. Which means it isn’t really about protecting us. It’s about them having money.

Meanwhile, people in the US, as they are throughout the world already, are about to die very quickly in record numbers from Covid-19. And in general, so many more people die from illness than war. This is true in the US and globally. Illnesses are the top cause of death throughout the whole world. War isn't even close. Why is protecting us from war more important than protecting us from illness, then? Why shouldn’t the government also have the duty to keep us alive in the face of illness?

We’re not free if we’re not safe. The leading causes of death in the world are illnesses. So, we’re not safe if we don’t have access to healthcare. Which means, we’re not free. We can all be free. We’re not, but we could be. We just have to choose government leaders who really care about our freedom over their personal wealth.

In the US Constitution, it says that the purpose of the federal government is to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity." As it turns out, not providing healthcare to all constituents violates one of the basic tenets of the Constitution: to promote the general welfare.

Thanks to my brother Jake for letting me write this message on him. It was in February, when I was in Nevada. I didn’t know how I would apply what I wrote on him at the time. This is how I ended up applying it today, during the Covid-19 pandemic, based on what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling.

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