Foreword by Stan Lerner: a lot of people have asked me to write about healthcare legislation and while there is much to be said, I thought it best to focus on the core issue, which has little to do with healthcare.
Passover (which is observed this week) is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Muslims, Christians, and of course Jews are all well versed in the account of the Great Prophet Moses confronting the Pharaoh Ramesses and demanding that God’s people be released from their bondage. It took ten plagues and ultimately the parting of the Red Sea and the drowning of Pharaoh’s army to achieve this freedom for the Jewish people. Subsequently, the story of Passover has been recounted by Jews for thousands of years over a dinner called a Passover Seder—a commandment from God.
So how is this relevant to an American in the year 2010? A question certainly worth asking. And why am I writing about it? A question I am asking myself. The answer is FREEDOM. Let me explain:
Over the course of the last week it was not possible to turn on one’s television set and watch the national news without hearing story after story focused on the new healthcare laws. If you supported the legislation that was passed you are for a still larger presence of the government in your life. If you did not support the legislation that was passed you are opposed to a still greater presence of the government in your life. I was astounded by the endless array of discussions that focused on every other possible aspect of this legislation, intentional or not, this did our country an incredible disservice. Of course every American would like every American to receive the best possible healthcare, the question is at what cost—and I do not inquire this in any way with respect to money. America and Americans do not, and should not value money more than FREEDOM!
The word Seder means (in Hebrew) order. So Jews celebrate their freedom from slavery by having a dinner called order. Puzzling? Not really, you see the Jewish people were freed for a purpose—to receive God’s laws and observe them. But the lesson for all of mankind transcended the mission God had chosen for the Jewish people and is of equal importance. The lesson was to receive freedom as a God given right and practice it. The founding fathers of the United States of America understood this and although it was adverse to their own personal interests they created a country, for the first time in history, which had as its SOUL the purpose of individual freedom for its citizens.
So when Jews celebrate their freedom from slavery with a religious ceremony of a dinner that requires things be done in a particular order, they are really conveying a truth about freedom—freedom without purpose is chaos and freedom with purpose allows each and everyone of us to reach our own God given potential. Rabbi Daniel Lapen, who is simply a genius, once described this in terms of a bullet. If you bang on the backside of a bullet with a hammer you may actually release its energy potential, but to no meaningful end—perhaps even great harm to oneself or others. But invent a gun and a barrel and use it to contain and ultimately release the energy potential of a bullet and you will have created freedom with purpose.
It is incumbent on every American to ask themselves what their own unique purpose is and as Americans we are meant to be free to pursue this purpose—this individual freedom is at the core of our greatness as a country and as a people. The purpose of the government as our founding father’s envisioned America was to, at all cost, preserve our individual freedoms. Does healthcare legislation that mandates every individual must go out and buy healthcare insurance whether they want to or not sound like a government that’s protecting individual freedoms? The answer my dear friends and readers, like the right to freedom itself, is self-evident.
Let me conclude by mentioning this about the Passover Seder: the actions one must take in the proper order to achieve the level of freedom God intended for the Jewish people and all of mankind, number fifteen. The celebration of Passover begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Nissan. The Hebrew calendar, the oldest known calendar, is lunar, which means the 15th of the month is always the night of the full moon. And what is the full moon, if not a reflection of a greater light—in this case the light of God and the intention that we be free. Don’t let this light be dimmed—it is better to die FREE without health insurance than have a government dictate to you otherwise.
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Stan Lerner is an award winning-author whose diverse credits include the novels “Stan Lerner’s Criminal”, “Blast”, “In Development,” and the children’s book “Stanley The Elephant.” Stan Lerner is also the creator of the Las Vegas music spectacle “Night Tribe” and the writer, director, producer of the hit motion picture “Meet The Family.” Mr. Lerner was born in Montebello CA and has lived in downtown Los Angeles for the last fifteen years.
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