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First of all, will atheists be helped with as much enthusiasm as believers?  Maybe or maybe not.  If someone is an atheist, does he or she want to flip the coin just to see it come up "maybe not"?

Secondly, the baskets passed around on Sundays in most churches will need to be incredibly enlarged.  After all, churches will be obligated to purchase medical imaging devices, medicine from the for profit pharmaceutical companies, medical supplies heretofore not considered theocratic tools and hospital beds. 

They may not have to pay doctors and/or nurses as the good people who are trained in the field of medicine may do their work gratis.  The only professionals who may want compensation would be, of course, the atheists.

A final irony can be found in the list of synonyms for the word "govern", as found on the web site The Free Dictionary by Farlex. The list includes words like lead, control, command, manage, direct, guide, handle, conduct, order, reign over, administer, oversee, supervise, be in power over, call the shots, call the tune, hold sway over, superintend, rule, decide, guide, influence, underlie, sway, determine, control, check, contain, master, discipline, regulate, curb, inhibit, tame, subdue, get the better of, bridle, hold in check, keep a tight rein on and restrain.  In fact these are the only synonyms on that site.

While some of us may have heartburn with words like control, inhibit and subdue, it becomes clear that governing is not meant to be a passive activity or, to put it another way, an inactivity.

Hard as it is to believe words such as ignore, neglect, disregard, shrug off, discount, dismiss, snub and the all important "enrich my friends beyond one's wildest dreams" do not show up as synonyms for the word govern.

Reinforcing this internet definition of govern is an old standby called The Constitution of The United States of America.  It's obvious to the most casual of observers that the authors of that fine document didn't intend for government to sit back and merely observe American Society.  It, for sure, makes no reference to people in need as lazy, opportunist or stupid.  It doesn't even attempt to foresee a time when every American citizen becomes lazy, opportunist or stupid.

The author of this libertarian-like letter is either one of the very wealthy people in America or is a middle class worker whose been convinced that he is adorned with one of those "you can't lay me off" shields.  If that shield ever fails him, and let's hope it never does, he will be entitled.  Will his outlook on entitlements change?  It may or he may think that, in his case, it's different. 

On the bright side, the writer leaves us with a prediction that, after America goes "through its self-imposed socialist cycle", Americans will look back and say, "Remember when everyone thought they were entitled to everything?  Wow, were we stupid."

At least the gentleman has the clarity of thought and presence of mind to count himself among the "stupid".

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