"And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness." (Exodus 5:1)
Today I was sent an e-mail that asked me to click through and examine H.R. 3200, the health care legislation pending in Congress.
But if I read every word of it and write as many words about it as are contained in that bill, what good will that do? None at all, because I will be playing by the Pharaoh’s voting and political rules. Why should I play in a card game with marked cards and a dealer whose hands are quicker than the eye?
I have a different idea, and it will take less than one page to outline.
It is to follow the example of Moses. Exodus from health care laws.
(1) Form a “people,” and this people shall have one objective, which is to be let go by the Pharaoh from any and all legislation relating to health care.
This people shall form by electronically signing a statement to that effect on a web site for that purpose and only that purpose.
This people shall remain where they live. This is their promised land already. Only it has been infected by bad laws and needs cleansing. They need to cleanse their lives of bad health care laws.
(2) Find a Moses who will personally convey the message of this people to the reigning Pharaoh in Washington and be a public spokesperson for letting this people go.
(3) Moses and this people shall NOT attempt to change the course of history by voting on H.R. 3200 or any other such unlawful laws. They shall NOT confirm the procedure by doing that. They shall NOT argue against such laws so as to affect votes in Congress.
There is no need whatsoever to be involved in any legislative process. It is a very great error to go in that direction solely with no other avenue of action.
(4) Instead, appeal publically and directly to the Pharaoh, in the name of God. Place the Pharaoh directly under God’s sanctions for any disobedience of his to the consent of this people who are asking for nothing more than their freedom.
(5) Do not waver in any way from this appeal. It is all or nothing. If God hardens the Pharaoh’s heart against this people for the time being, so be it.
God may bring sanctions against Pharaoh for his unwillingness to let this people go, and if he does, a Moses may have to ask again and again and again and again as did Moses in Exodus.
Michael S. Rozeff [send him mail] is a retired Professor of Finance living in East Amherst, New York.