Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

03/08/2010 (10:06 am)

We're Just Too Stupid

George Will slammed Robert Reich to the mat on ABC News’ Roundtable yesterday over one of his recitations of Democratic party lies about health care — and please make no mistake, they are lies, not disagreements. Reich responded by what he considered a sure rebuttal, and gave away the core of the Democratic party belief structure — the notion that the American people are just too damned stupid to make their own health care decisions, and need the help of those incredibly bright liberals to make them for them, for their own good. Listen:

I’ve had a handful of serious conversations with sincere liberals over the years, on the rare occasions that they decided for some reason that it was worthwhile to make an attempt to understand the mentally challenged like me. In each instance, at some point in the conversation they revealed at the core of their thinking the same contemptuous notion: the average citizen in America has no idea how to run his own life, and needs to be directed in order to prevent him from destroying the world. It really is the foundation stone of progressive belief.

Where they get the evidence supporting the notion that they, the progressives, have been any more successful in ordering their lives than the average American, I can only guess. For my part, I’m with William Buckley, and would rather pick 200 citizens at random to make governmental decisions than allow the progressives’ 200 best minds to do it.

By the way, Reich’s first statement is the biggest lie of all. Nobody serious regards health care as the signature issue of our time; it doesn’t even appear on the lists of major issues when the American people are polled, except when the Democrats have manufactured yet another attempt to force national health care down the nation’s throat. What makes health care a major issue for Democrats is its usefulness in creating a permanent bureaucratic majority. They push the topic because it produces power for them, period.

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March 8, 2010 @ 2:36 pm #

The bride and I were talking about this the other day – this effort to create crisis where none exists. Certainly, there are problems to be dealt with but make no mistake that in a nation of 300 million there will always be horror stories to amaze your friends with.

I had the need to see my doctor the other morning. I waited until about 9:15 to call his office to make an appointment. The receptionist said there was an opening at 9:45. Fine, but I live 35 minutes from his office so I threw caution to the wind and sped like a NASCAR driver on over. I was in and out within 15 minutes with three prescriptions, one of which was for a chest x-ray. I drove over to the hospital as instructed, presented my Rx to the nice lady at the desk and immediately was seen by the x-ray technician. I then drove to the local CVS to have the remaining two Rx filled, taking me another 15 minutes. I was back at the house before lunch.

If Barry gets his way all of that efficiency will disappear.

My doctor has already said that he will retire if the legislation is enacted.

The hospital is just getting back on its feet after going through some very tough times – mostly because of the Federal Governments and their stupid reimbursement schemes.

Who knows what will happen with pharmaceutical companies.

Without health insurance companies (a dead certain consequence of the health insurance reform) there will be no funds available to local EMS providers. Call the fire department but don’t be surprised if they have stopped providing ambulance services.

Personally, if Obama were to be thrown out of office today, it would be 19 months too late.

And even if he were gone and every statist was put on a slow boat to China it would take us generations to undo their mess.

March 8, 2010 @ 8:28 pm #

They are such accomplished liars. They can sit there, and with an absolutely straight face and sincere voice, tell the absolutely biggest lies in the world. These folks must truly believe these things themselves, which of course just means that they are supremely arrogant as well. They know what is right for America, and we should all just sit down and shut up. Well of course, why didn’t I think of that? Somehow, the idea still just does not convince me at all. They are supremely WRONG!

As turfmann observed, even in the best outcome, it is going to take generations to undo the damage done by these evil people in just such a short time. This should stand as a warning regarding the fragility of our system.

March 9, 2010 @ 7:42 am #

Wow, turfmann, that is one efficient doctor you’ve got there. My doc is my brother-in-law (who I get along with!) and even he’s not quite that quick on the draw!

Kidding aside, I agree with your point entirely.

George Will pretty much exposed Reich’s flawed logic. Perhaps Reich is one of those “benevolent” liberals who truly believes what he is saying, that the decision making process and the market need to be controlled by a group of elites in the government, for our own good. But then there are the others, the more twisted ones who are cynically exploiting the issue in a naked power grab with the hopes of a permanent Democrat majority.

With 40% of the people in the country already not paying any taxes, this health care grab, IMHO, may be the true tipping point if it passes.

March 9, 2010 @ 12:42 pm #

Reminds me of the old tale of “belling the cat”. I don’t remember it exactly, and as with any story it’s the telling that’s the key, not especially the story itself. Nevertheless, the story is a discussion among the mice about how to avoid being eaten. The decision is that the cat needs to have a collar with a bell. Of course, then the question is “who’s going to put the bell collar on the cat”. The solution to the problem is _simple_. Putting the solution into effect is another matter entirely. “Simple” and “easy” are often used interchangeably. They are _not_ the same.

My question is how will we get around it? My guess is that we will go to all cash medical bills. Doctors may continue to practice, but it will be as private physicians. They won’t accept insurance. They’ll fire about 90% of their office help. They may even forgo insurance. They’ll use a form of incorporation that shields their personal assets in case of a lawsuit. They may even give up their medical licenses and practice as “Alternative homeotherapy” or some such. But whatever they do, it won’t be medicine as we know it today.

How lucky we have been to live in this golden age. How stupid we’ve been to allow it to be taken from our children. If we _do_ manage to dodge the bullet, will we be the wiser?

March 19, 2010 @ 12:43 am #

In each instance, at some point in the conversation they revealed at the core of their thinking the same contemptuous notion: the average citizen in America has no idea how to run his own life, and needs to be directed in order to prevent him from destroying the world. It really is the foundation stone of progressive belief.

You’ve nailed it.

This is precisely why progressives are so scary – they sincerely believe that the average individual cannot handle freedom, and that freedom itself (if they are truly honest) is too dangerous because an individual may choose to use that freedom in ways the progressive does not approve of.

The depth of their error is matched only by the depth of their sincerity – and this should frighten us all.

C.S. Lewis put it this way…

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Could anyone have described it better or more succinctly?

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