Monday, October 26, 2009

Boston Health Reform Tea Party

Jared Rhoads of the Lucidicus Project reports on the October 17, 2009 Boston Health Reform Tea Party.

As he describes:
I had a slot as one of the featured speakers. I spoke for about nine minutes, near the middle of the program, after a prominent local conservative activist. My primary message was that the Tea Party movement needs to advocate for capitalism, not just against socialism, and that the only way to do so is with a moral defense of individual rights.
Here's an excerpt from his speech:
Yes, we need change. But it has to be rational change. We're not out to "block health reform" as such, or "stand in the way of progress" as President Obama put it yesterday. We're out to block Washington's version of health reform, because every last facet and feature of these health reform bills serves to introduce more government into the system, not less.

...This does not have to happen in America. There is a moral defense. It's a defense that recognizes man as an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. It's the defense that man has a right to his own life, and that we have no duty to sacrifice ourselves to the alleged benefit of others. It's the only foundation from which one can consistently defend free markets.
(Read his full post, "Boston Health Reform Tea Party", which includes a short video clip of Jared speaking to a reporter.)

Thank you, Jared, for speaking out!