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The Obunga/Canute Analogy

Posted on 05/18/2013 12:31:23 PM PDT by varmintman

As I read it, Obungacare is en route to collapse from its own dead weight. They're basically talking about illegals actually buying those policies and the typical American family spending 20,000 usd which doesn't exist in the world, i.e. they're talking about mandating a physical impossibility.

The first and best story about anybody mandating something which was physically impossible involved King Canute.

Unlike Obunga, Canute's motivation was entirely decent and honorable, i.e. to demonstrate to the sycophants and idiots of his own time the realities of the universe and the limitations which those realities placed on ALL men, including kings and emporers:

Henry of Huntingdon, the 12th-century chronicler, tells how Cnut set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt and not wet his feet and robes. Yet "continuing to rise as usual [the tide] dashed over his feet and legs without respect to his royal person. Then the king leapt backwards, saying: 'Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.' He then hung his gold crown on a crucifix, and never wore it again "to the honour of God the almighty King".[95]

I see a perfect analogy between Obungacare and Canute ordering the tide not to come in.


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1 posted on 05/18/2013 12:31:23 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman
"I see a perfect analogy between Obungacare and Canute ordering the tide not to come in."

Roll tide.

2 posted on 05/18/2013 12:48:21 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: varmintman

ZeroDeathCare brought to you by the IRS.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 12:49:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: varmintman

You had me at the title. I have often thought of that analogy. As a child.I had a book with an illustration of Canute on his throne at the edge of the tide, commanding it to stop.


4 posted on 05/18/2013 12:56:58 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Enterprise

“Liberalism is a tide that is always coming in.”

(Substitute Islam, gun control, political correctness, feminism, veganism, etc.)

Never knew ol’ King Canute was demonstrating his own human limitations; I always thought he really believed he could command the tides.


5 posted on 05/18/2013 1:01:14 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

Same here. He’s the opposite of what I thought the story is about.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 1:58:05 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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I see a perfect analogy between Obungacare and Canute ordering the tide not to come in.

I don't. Canute knew what he was doing and why.

7 posted on 05/18/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Enterprise; elcid1970

Common misconception, I thought that until several years ago when somebody showed me the last part of the story.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 2:03:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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