Obama’s defenders defy logic
One of the most frustrating things about what is going on with 0Care, the numerous and varied White House scandals, the Senate rules change, and the irrefutable revelation that Obama is not only a liar but is completely unapologetic about it is the way that the Obots see all this . . . and dig in to protect and defend him.
I just don’t get it.
In 2007 and 2008. Obama presented himself as post-partisan, a uniter, someone for whom there were no “red states” and no “blue states, ” just the United States. He repeatedly defended not only the Constitution but also the people; he made it a point of his campaign that he would do so in office while increasing transparency, accountability, and the effectiveness of government. He failed (if you can call not trying at all failing) on each and every one of these promises. Indeed, he not only failed but actively worked to deepen and entrench partisanship, to divide this nation not only politically but along race, class, gender, religious, and economic lines. He’s done more to trash our Constitution than any other president (and I’m including the regressives who preceded him: Wilson and FDR), while not only making the very word “transparency” a national joke but steadfastly refusing to hold anyone in his administration accountable for anything. Obviously, his presidency has called into serious question the efficacy of big government to do much of anything beyond causing undue and seemingly irreparable harm.
He has proven time and again that he is not the man voters elected in 2008, yet many of these same voters either refuse to see it or, if they do see it, defend him with strained logic, bizarre excuses, and insupportable arguments. For example, there’s a lot of talk on leftist blogs about how the 0Care fiasco is just like Katrina or just like Iraq. The thrust is that Obama’s sinking poll numbers are like Bush’s (these posts always miss the fact that President Bush’s numbers fell with the conservative base–who would, in 2009 emerge as the TEA Party–because of his big spending, big government, anti-free market policies; Katrina and Iraq were things that the already-incensed and disapproving radical left wielded as battering rams.). Whatever. There is no comparison because there has never been such a radical, indefensible cobweb of lies, fraud, and tyrannical devices perpetrated on the American people as 0Care and this administration’s entire destructive agenda.
Sure, some former Obot cheerleaders have noted that Obama is a liar and a control freak bent on not only spreading propaganda and attacking the First Amendment rights of a free press but is also showing a reckless disregard for the Constitution and the American people. Given the abundant evidence of all this and more, however, these are few and far between. Go to any leftist website and read the comments, and you’ll see quickly enough that the Obot crowd is doubling down in their support for their Dear Leader rather than pausing to question the obvious fact that he is not anything like the man they thought they elected.
This often unhinged support for a proven liar and fraud is really puzzling to me. Is this a self-defense mechanism, maybe? Like those people we all know who can never manage an apology no matter what they do or say wrong: they just use painfully twisted justifications and those backhanded “I’m sorry if you’re upset” non-apology apologies? Can these Obots just not bear to be wrong, to have been so obviously tricked by a consummate liar and poser? There’s no shame in being the victim of fraud. Are they afraid that they’ll seem less-than-intelligent? It’s far wiser to admit a mistake and to correct it than to continue denying any mistake at all. And if they don’t want to appear unintelligent by admitting the obvious, why can’t they see how much more ignorant, uninformed, and yes, stupid they seem now? Why can’t they see that their mindless, useful idiocy wins only disdain from their messiah? It’s baffling.
Insurance is not health care
Conservatives have been saying this all along, but even though it’s now crystal clear that one of the primary results of the 0Care monstrosity is that while more people may be “covered,” they are not going to be receiving actual health care, and the few who do, will have long waits and have to travel farther to do so (doctors and hospital limitations necessitate these). With few choices (and often only one) on the exchanges, Americans are finding that they have not only a limited range of plans to choose from (only four: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) but will not be able to keep their doctor or even, often, use their nearest local hospital. They’re also paying more for this “free” “health care.”
Let’s count the broken promises here alone: no, you can’t keep your plan (and this will definitely included employer-based plans, the vast majority of which are projected to be eliminated entirely by 2017); no, you can’t keep your doctor; no, you will not being paying the equivalent of a cable or cell phone bill. Between premiums, higher co-pays, and outrageous deductibles, most Americans will never be able to pay enough of the out-of-pocket expenses to get their new 0Care policies to kick in–oddly, this is also one of the reasons that Obama and his traitorous horde claim that existing health insurance is “substandard”; and no, most Americans will not be saving $2,500 per year.
Amazingly, the Obot apologists have nothing to say about these bald-faced, strategic (i.e. political only), and willful lies. Instead, they idiotically pretend that the only alternative is to go back to the previous, admittedly flawed, health insurance system. Again, this defies human logic, but I suppose it’s right in line with what passes for leftist logic: it’s either our way or the old way. False choices, of course, but that’s how they “think.” The fact that their way is actually even worse than the old way is lost on them, of course. The fact that there are unlimited solutions to the health insurance coverage problem is also lost on them. Heck, it would have been far less expensive, far less disruptive, and far more effective to simply send checks to the uninsured to buy health insurance. Obviously, this is a crap solution, but in light of what is happening now, it’s far preferable.
Changing Americans’ values
U. S. Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) made a rather astonishing admission, stating that the goal of 0Care is to change our country’s “values system.” This hasn’t received near the coverage that it should, in part because there are just so many horrors to examine and so little time, but it’s something that we all need to note, question, and push back on.
In what ways does 0Care change our country’s values system? Regressives are fond of intentionally misunderstanding the core American values of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. They twist these beyond recognition, casting them as “selfish” and lacking in “compassion.” Of course, neither is true, but that’s their argument. How, then, do they force people into a collective? Force Americans to (however grudgingly) tow the statist line? Look no further than the 0Care Tax travesty.
Nicole Hopkins’ Wall Street Journal article about her mom being forced into Medicaid garnered a lot of attention last week. As it should. Any American who qualifies for Medicaid will be auto-enrolled in it . . . whether they like it or not. There is no opt-out, there is no choice. And once you are on Medicaid, you’re stuck, and this is particularly worrying for Americans 55 and older. But all Americans should be horrified by this. Not only will the government–one way or another, before or after your death–collect on all monies paid out by Medicaid, whether you use it or not, but this is anathema to American values.
While Obama’s horrendously destructive domestic policy is forcing more and more people onto welfare, food stamps, and other tax-payer funded entitlements (and there is no shame in that, as I’ve noted in the past), a great many Americans living at or just above the poverty level take great pride and derive self esteem and dignity from refusing government assistance. Forcing people onto Medicaid who are willing to–who insist on being “allowed” to–pay their own way (and simultaneously auto-enrolling them on food stamps!) is not only a budget-breaking mistake but is incredibly destructive to the American spirit, to our foundational values system.
Other values attacked by 0Care include forcing pro-life Americans to pay for abortions and birth control in violation of their own religious beliefs, using Americans’ personal and private tax and health information as political weapons in elections, carrying a “marriage penalty,” and attempting to tie patient care to disclosures of one’s legal gun ownership. These and other “hidden” aspects of 0Care are key reasons that Obama is not going to relinquish this tyrannical law without a fight.
Obama and our new banana republic
I’ve written repeatedly about Obama’s endless attempts to silence any and all dissent and his utter disdain for and dismissal of the United States’ Constitution, so I won’t revisit them here, but there are a few new developments in our shiny new banana republic that I do want to note:
Apparently, the Census was manipulated to reflect a lower unemployment rate right before last year’s election. Republicans, back in 2009, actually warned this would happen. It did.
Obama himself is behind the Senate’s filibuster rules change. Bizarrely, again, his Obot apologists argue that more of his nominees have been filibustered than those of any other president. Well, of course they have. We’ve never had an actual, antiAmerican, Constitution-hating, dyed-in-the-wool radical in the White House before.
With Charles Rangel calling, yet again, for Obama to seize dictator-like powers, it’s amazing that any American on the left or right supports this administration at all.
It’s going to be a very long three years.