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.
Don't hold your breath. Their jobs are far too important to let truth get in the way of what they want to do for us. A sordid business, closely related to and affiliated with prostitution of every sort. A sorry bunch of losers in life, even when they win elections and get rich in the process.
Everybody knows that politicians lie and manipulate routinely, which is why most people view them as a necessary evil despite their endless claims of being our moral and intellectual superiors. It must be interesting to be in a sales job in which the product is insulated from either performance results or meaningful competition.
Today’s Democrats argue that, some deceptive language aside, President Obama had every right to implement his view of medical care for America, as well as other things, because he was elected twice having promised something of the sort. But, in 1974, Republicans could have argued that Nixon had been elected twice, the second time by the largest margin in US history, specifically to undo the 1960s. In fact, Nixon’s lies about what he knew of his subordinates’ misdeeds were entirely irrelevant to the purpose for which he had been elected. Why should the Republican constituencies who had worked so hard have given up on the Nixon Administration? Why did Barry Goldwater, Mr. conservative himself, go to the White House to tell Nixon he had to resign?
Nay, nay, it is private industry which is always lying and not to be trusted, everyone knows that. Only politicians can save us from evil insurers, bankers, pharmaceutical companies, oil execs, factory farms, manufacturers, salesmen, and, and, and...just everyone. We should be grateful to the Party for rescuing us and establishing order.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Codevilla's in excellent form, as always.
But check out the #2 comment. It's long, but I'd rank it as an even better treatment of the subject than the actual post.
"President Obama had every right to implement his view of medical care for America".
Two reasons this is totally wrong:
1. The constitution does not allow it. This level of "rights" was given to the states and denied the federal government.
2. The Democrats in their zeal to pass this legislation and their glee in sticking it to the Republicans, made a fatal mistake. That is; it is a tax (thanks Supreme Court) and it did not originate in the House. Had they gone about this in a more open, honest and bi-partisan way then they may well not have made that mistake.
Lies corrupt any government. Lies are a betrayal of trust. In the USSR telling the truth could get you into trouble, so everybody lied. That is why Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote his essay "live not by lies".