We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
At Driscoll: “Obama Would Like You To See Government As Religion”. Not just the O. I think it is a fundamental assumption - or pose - of the Left that government can be a god and alter reality. The illusion appeals to those guided by wishful thinking, because history shows that governments tend to screw up whatever they touch.
Remember the anti-war movement? Not too long ago, the Democratic party's most loyal voters passionately opposed the war in Iraq. Democratic presidential candidates argued over who would withdraw American troops the quickest. Netroots activists regularly denounced President George W. Bush, and sometimes the U.S. military ("General Betray Us"). Cindy Sheehan, the woman whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, became a heroine when she led protests at Bush's Texas ranch.
They know the battle is significant enough to be won over time. And they know this is an important enough gain to matter in their drive to eliminate private health insurance and make it a government run program from beginning to the end.
Cradle to the grave, that's how they view power over the citizen, all for the government's good, while they try to dress it up as the common good. The only thing common about the Democrats is the greater benefit and power that accrues to government, not the people, when it comes to any of their not so grand plans.
Since it is their own money that they have earned, these people feel free to spend it to give their 80-year-old grandmother another year or two of life, or to pay for a hip replacement operation for their mom or dad, even If some medical “ethicist” might say that the resources of “society” would be better used to allow some 20-year-old to talk over his angst with a shrink.
Barack Obama has talked about the high costs of taking care of elderly or chronically ill patients in terms of “society making those decisions.” But a world in which individuals make their own trade-offs with their own money is fundamentally different from a world where third parties take those decisions out of their hands and impose their own notions of what is best for “society.”
This is good-natured fun: WH announces that Obama has Bipolar Disorder: