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The One Pre-Existing Condition Getting a Cure
American Thinker ^
| March 22, 2010
| C. Edmund Wright
Posted on 03/21/2010 10:37:43 PM PDT by neverdem
We have the debate over ObamaCare to thank for one thing at least: the treating of the pre-existing child-like delusion that bi-partisanship is possible, let alone desirable, when the other side is the Obama Democrats.
It is neither. And it never has been nor ever will be as long as there is a segment of a society that wishes to control the wealth and activities of other segments of society. With such people there are only two options. You either defeat them -- or they defeat you. If you strive to get along with them, you will awaken one day to the fact that they have won. Period.
This little reality is blurred by poll questions designed to bait Americans into answers that fall into the "can't we all just get along" category. Of course everybody wants that -- in a theoretical vacuum. The problem is, we don't live in a theoretical vacuum. We live in a world where you are either controlled by yourself or by someone else.
Conservatives desire a control of one's own destiny. Liberals seek to control everyone else's destiny. These two desires by definition cannot co-exist peacefully. To pretend they can, in the spirit of bi-partisanship, is frankly infantile. Yet so many purporting to be the brightest still cling to that notion.
But finally, the control freaks of the left have so exposed themselves for who they have always been that even folks unengaged enough to qualify for a Frank Luntz Focus Group are waking up to reality.
Welcome folks, but what took you so damned long? You had plenty of warning shots.
For some inexplicable reason, the disaster of four dollar gas was not blamed on the control designs of the left, yet it is clear that decades of liberal energy policy were collectively the reason for this economy-killing problem. Since before we knew the name Michael Jordan, let alone Google, liberals have blocked the production of nuclear power plants and any meaningful offshore drilling. Thus, liberal control of the means of energy production put America on the wrong side of that little law known as supply and demand. Our supplies were static or shrinking while our demand -- as well as the demand of others --was soaring. Oops. Four bucks, please.
And no, the sixteen cents profit is not the problem. But in the name of bi-partisanship, too many folks who knew better went along to get along with that premise.
That little financial shock at the gas pump caused a lot of folks -- who should not have had mortgages -- to start defaulting on those mortgages. After all, if a family budget is tight while gas is two dollars, then something has to give when it doubles. What "gave" was the home that they moved into with no down payment thanks to a sub prime mortgage.
Now where in the world did these undeserving folks get those mortgages? They got them from lenders flush with cash and under severe liberal pressure to loan to the "underserved" community. Now one would think that folks who are "not credit worthy" should indeed by "underserved" in the world of lending, but that is not how the liberal mind works. And again, in the name of bi-partisanship, too many politicians who knew better went along to get along.
Chalk it up to Cloward-Piven- or Saul Alinsky-inspired bad intentions -- or simply liberal bleeding heart -inspired unintended consequences -- the bottom line is that statist attempts to control the markets involving home ownership and mortgages crashed both. And at the bottom of the mess are the left wing fiefdoms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who managed to enrich liberal cronies like Franklin Raines and Jamie Gorelick while ruining millions of families' financial futures.
And yet the McCain Campaign, a towering example of colossal incompetence if ever there were one, thought the answer was to blame "unfettered capitalism" and to "reach across the aisle" to complicit folks like Chris Dodd and Barney Frank to solve the problem. You know, damn the truth in the name of bi-partisanship.
So with no adults in the political class and only a few in the pundit class admitting that what we needed was a good old fashioned ideological partisan showdown, America swooned and propelled the undefined vapor of hope and change into power. John McCain's "honorable campaign," which assured us that we "have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency" went quietly to the ash heap of bi-partisan history.
To anyone paying half attention, a government dominated by Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Emanuel, et al was a predictable liberal disaster and highly partisan. Yet, our nation embraced this notion of post partisanship with approval around 70% as Obama took office. Apparently, only 16% were paying any attention, as this percentage of Americans strongly disapproved of Obama the day after the inauguration. That tiny remnant knew exactly what we were in for and embraced partisanship even tighter.
Not paying attention were luminaries such as Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Chuck Hagel and Colin Powell. They bought the post partisan post racial Kool Aid and jumped aboard the Obama Express. They proved themselves the intellectual equals of "the pony tailed guy" of "can't we all just get along" fame from the 1992 debate.
Meanwhile, so-called right wing extremists who were "out of touch" never bought in. The unofficial leader of this faction was of course Rush Limbaugh, who peered into the zeitgeist headwinds and proudly proclaimed "I hope he fails." Only one in seven Americans knew at the time Rush was right.
Yet now, thanks to the breathtaking and never ending push for total control of our lives by way of ObamaCare, that number is higher than one in two. Moreover, many have come to realize that with this kind of control mindset, there is no meaningful compromise. It may sound enlightened to want Washington "to work together for the American people," but it is becoming evident that this is impossible when one part of our government wants to control the American people.
The only remedy is to defeat such people. And right now all of those people are in the Democratic Party and the only buffers between them and a socialist nation are in the Republican Party. This is about the partisanship, the whole partisanship and nothing but the partisanship.
The toothpaste is out of the tube now. People do not want their health and their entire lives run by the folks who brought us Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, four dollar gas and the IRS. And they know now who those people are.
They are liberals. They are Democrats. They are extremely partisan. They are run by people elected from loony left wing extremist areas like San Francisco and Chicago. And there is only one way to defeat them.
We must beat them at the partisan game of politics. And the sad irony is, there has been the pre-existing condition of belief in a bi-partisan utopia that has allowed them to accumulate so much power. That utopian fog engulfed George Bush with his "new tone" as well as too many Republicans for too long.
The happy irony is this: the liberal push for the dream of ObamaCare might just be the cure to that misguided belief. And liberally dominated Google just might be the antidote to another pre-existing conditions the left relies on --short voter memories.
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bipartisanship; obamacare
posted on 03/21/2010 10:37:43 PM PDT
Can someone tell me what that loathesome Pelosi meant tonight when she said that “now, being a woman will not be a preexisting condition?”
Tell that to the women already being denied mammograms due to a government “advisory board” and to the women in England dying of breast cancers we cure here.
Liberals are pure evil.
posted on 03/21/2010 10:44:04 PM PDT
(It's the policies, stupid)
With such people there are only two options. You either defeat them -- or they defeat you.
South Americans have known this for a long time. Americans have been giving Democrats the benefit of the doubt believing it can't happen here.
Can someone tell me what that loathesome Pelosi meant tonight when she said that now, being a woman will not be a preexisting condition?
Isn't that the same Speaker who said in effect that the bill would have to be passed in order to know what's in it?
posted on 03/21/2010 10:48:39 PM PDT
(Xin loi minh oi)
Not paying attention were luminaries such as Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Chuck Hagel and Colin Powell.
I hate to think of these folks as luminaries. What a joke. Most of these folks are highly overrated and Buckley and Powell are scum in my opinion. Buckley has none of his dad's wit or eloquence and certainly none of his brains. Brooks is a Ahole-enough said. Powell is perhaps the most overrated person in the last decade of the 20th Century. Had he been white he never would have made it past Lt. Colonel. Peggy Noonan was always a lightweight. I'm not surprised any of these fools were fooled by Obama. I wasn't fooled even for a millisecond.
posted on 03/21/2010 11:03:14 PM PDT
(Good intentions are not enough!)
If things were reversed the headlines would read: Bill SQUEAKS through on bitter partisan vote, and the whip twisting arms would be called “mean/mean-spirited.” We have to play the word game better and beat them at it more often. Generally they win the word war and generally we win the number war. And if he isn’t already, I hope J.D. Hayworth is running that statement McCain made about there being nothing to fear from Obama as President.
posted on 03/21/2010 11:40:36 PM PDT
by Anima Mundi
(Utopia means no place.)
Maybe this information can assist in answering your question. Note: The same applies to the rest of this administration,
Antisocial Personality Disorder
This disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of a disregard for other people’s rights, often crossing the line and violating those rights.
The presence of the majority of these symptoms are:
Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated fights or assaults on others ideas
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another
Criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
posted on 03/22/2010 3:30:35 AM PDT
posted on 03/22/2010 4:44:15 AM PDT
(Thieves may rob you once. Politicians rob your family for generations.)
It means that women use health care twice as frequently as men; insurers, being logical, charged women a higher premium due to the higher expected costs. Under Obamacare, insurers can choose to raise men's premiums (won't be allowed by the gov't) or reduce women's premiums (and lose money, and go out of business).
It is more Dem lies and obfuscation to hide the gutting of the insurance industry and the ultimate collaps into "public option" - i.e. government control of your birth, life, and death.
posted on 03/22/2010 10:52:26 AM PDT
(ACORN = Another Communist-Overrun Rats-Nest)
Spread this truthe far
Call it "Sexual Apartheid" -- separate but 'equal'.
Condsider yourself HIGHLY commended, sir.
posted on 03/23/2010 4:58:06 AM PDT
(The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
I am so glad I read that. Nice essay.
posted on 03/23/2010 5:07:29 AM PDT
(Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
We have the debate over ObamaCare to thank for one thing at least: the treating of the pre-existing child-like delusion that bi-partisanship is possible, let alone desirable, when the other side is the Obama Democrats... it never has been nor ever will be as long as there is a segment of a society that wishes to control the wealth and activities of other segments of society. With such people there are only two options. You either defeat them -- or they defeat you. If you strive to get along with them, you will awaken one day to the fact that they have won. Period.
posted on 03/23/2010 6:40:57 PM PDT
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