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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

Dear Editor:

Unlike some of the contributors to the Letters to Editor section, I have maintained my dignity by not mocking, vilifying or denigrating anyone with an opposing viewpoint. It seems my angst that our unsustainable debt and growing obligations for limitless, unconditional, well-intentioned entitlements ,once called “assistance,” have morphed into guaranteed lifestyles is evidence I support “people dying in the streets.” In their effort to create an egalitarian utopia, many are blinded by their fervor and self-righteousness and are oblivious to the unintended consequences of good intentions.

Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, is a case on point. Notwithstanding that Obamacare was passed by Congress without a single Republican vote, our Constitutional rule of law acknowledges and accepts it as the law of the land. However, since its passage, many provisions of the law have been changed, tweaked, omitted, adjusted, fine-tuned, adapted and delayed — over 30 times without congressional approval. Many Democrats seeking re-election will now be able to deny having voted for Obamacare in its present form since the original law and intent no longer exist.

Congress is the only government entity that has the power to write or change laws. We are told the justification for changes instituted by unauthorized individuals is an unselfish motive and that it will benefit the masses. William T. Gossett, a lawyer and entrepreneur, observed, “The rule of law can be wiped out in one misguided, however well-intentioned, generation.”

The foundation of our freedoms is the rule of law. No man can violate the rule of law and usurp the power of Congress by edict or proclamation. Once again, I quote author Ayn Rand: “Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”

Ed Konecnik
Flushing

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