WHY TEXANS FIGHT FOR HEALTH FREEDOM
Many of us in the Texas health freedom movement have, at times, been involved in a sometimes passionate debate about the necessity of health freedom legislation, and the structure of that legislation. Tonight, as I write this, I sit a few miles away from a structure in downtown San Antonio that epitomizes what our movement, and that legislation, is all about.
There, in a small mission chapel in 1836, a group of 186 souls from over a dozen nations stood valiantly against a military force almost 40 times its own size. They did so in large part because they remembered and took to heart the words penned in another town, far away, 60 years before. Those words, endorsed in writing by just 55 brave men, at the risk of their very lives, read in part “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” The men in that mission were the men of the Alamo; the words are from the Declaration of Independence.
Today, we stand on the threshold of a sea change in the health care system in Texas and the nation. Arrayed against us are powerful forces, fueled by the money of equally powerful special interests.
Some skeptics would say that the fight is over before it is begun, that we have neither the resources nor the manpower to prevail. I would remind them of those same 55 men, with names like John Hancock, Samuel and John Adams, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, and Benjamin Harrison. Together, they stood before what was then considered the strongest nation on the planet.
No rational outside observer expected them to prevail. The results of their efforts are reflected in the fact that you are reading these words today, in the comfort of your home or office, enjoying the freedom earned by those 55 men and their comrades, and fought for to the death by those 186 others at the Alamo.
Make no mistake; we will continue to hear carping from the sidelines about the futility of our cause. We may even hear personal attacks levied against our movement and its leaders. In response I refer you to the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, spoken in 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
The women and men who lead the Texas Health Freedom Coalition are committed to bringing health freedom legislation to our state. The intensity of that commitment is reflected in part by the words in the final sentence of the Declaration: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
This legislation is good for Texas. It is good for this nation. It helps us to start to take back the rights and powers that belong to us as free citizens and that have been for too long usurped by moneyed special interests. Your coalition leaders will fight for those rights. We ask that you join us, to experience “the great devotions,” so that we may all know “in the end the triumph of high achievement.”
The bill posted on this site is YOUR health freedom bill. We are working hard to file and pass it during the upcoming legislative session. Look it over. Is it worth fighting for? Join us in the arena!
The Executive Committee
Texas Health Freedom Coalition