Skip to comments.The Beltway Lies of the Obamacare War
Posted on 10/01/2013 8:38:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
"In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies," said Winston Churchill.
What is the truth behind the Beltway lies about these crazy Republicans crashing our government?
Twice in the last week House Republicans have voted unanimously to fund the U.S. government.
If national polls are to be believed, those House Republicans are doing exactly what America wants. A majority of Americans oppose a government shutdown. And a majority oppose Obamacare.
Who, then, is preventing the government from being funded?
Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Neither will accept any continuing resolution that does not contain Obamacare. Both will shut down this city rather than accept any such CR.
It is Harry and Barry who are saying: If we don't get full funding of Obamacare now, we shutdown Washington until the House delivers.
The battle, then, is over this question: Will the next great liberal entitlement program, Obamacare, with its manifest failings and flaws, be imposed upon the nation -- against its will?
The House says no. The Beltway says yes.
Few disagree that, in any national plebiscite, Obamacare would be buried in a landslide. Few disagree that if Obamacare were put to a vote of the Congress today, it would fail in both houses.
Why, then, is it radical for the House to use its power of the purse to defund a program America does not want?
Why is it statesmanship for Obama to say he will shut down the entire government if any resolution to keep it running contains even the slightest tweak to his cherished program?
What these questions suggest is that this is at root a political and ideological war, and the Beltway has assembled its usual bodyguard of lies and liars to conceal that truth.
Consider this keening from the Washington Post yesterday about the terrible consequences of a government shutdown:
"[W]e would hope that Mr. Boehner would have compassion for thousands of moderately paid breadwinners who would find themselves in very difficult circumstances. We would hope he would be troubled by how a shutdown would disrupt research at the National Institute of Health and safety inspections at the Food and Drug Administration."
About this lugubrious passage, several questions:
Since Reid and Obama have both said they will block any CR that does not contain Obamacare in its pristine form, why are they not charged with some responsibility for a shutdown?
Answer: The Post is not interested in conveying the truth about this conflict, because in this battle it is as much a political ally of Obama as Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But it is a more effective ally, since some still presume it is being truthful and objective.
Assume that today John Boehner came out and said at a press conference: "I have taken note of the Post's concerns about an interruption of service at NIH and the FDA. I share those concerns. Therefore, at my direction, the House will vote this afternoon to fully fund both agencies."
Anyone think the Washington Post would celebrate Boehner's compassion and statesmanship the next morning?
Of course not. All this weeping and gnashing of teeth about the terrible consequences of a government shutdown is designed to whip up political animosity, direct it at House Republicans, and break John Boehner. Failing that, it is to foist upon the House Republicans full responsibility for a shutdown that the House has voted twice to avoid.
What this battle confirms is that, on major national issues that pit social and populist conservatives against Big Government liberals, the Beltway press corps invariably acts like a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee.
More problematic, there is a slice of the Beltway right -- the contributions bundlers and kennel-fed conservatives, the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots, the George McClellans -- that prefers prancing, parading and posturing to the actual fighting.
With them the excuses are always the same. We can't win. We have been beaten on this terrain before. The press will kill us. The White House has a microphone we can't match. We will only hurt ourselves in the polls and throw away our great opportunity in the coming election. Besides, our corporate contributors don't want this fight.
Some "conservatives" even cynically suggest that the GOP let Obamacare take effect, as it will prove such a disaster there will be a backlash against it in 2014 -- and from that we can benefit.
With Reid's refusal to accept the House CR with the one-year suspension of Obamacare, a shutdown seems certain.
Every Republican should be out front, on TV, radio and in print this week with a simple message:
"We have twice voted to fund every agency and program of the U.S. government (save Obamacare) in a single CR. We will proceed now to pass CRs for each department and agency of the U.S. government, separately and individually.
"And if Harry Reid's Senate refuses to pass a single one of those CRs, who then is shutting down NIH and the FDA?"
"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." - C. S. Lewis
All who doubt the wisdom of Lewis might watch a youtube video of the President's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. There, Obama arrogantly misappropriated Jesus's spiritual challenge to individuals, claiming those words as validating and authorizing abusive use of coercive power by himself and his cronies to "take" from some in order to buy votes and accumulate more power to themselves--all in the name of "helping" the beneficiaries of such unconstitutional "takings."
Hear Samuel Adams:
"Is it now high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent, it is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. - Samuel Adams
The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods, are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional. - Samuel Adams Quotation from James Madison, often referred to as "the father" of the U. S. Constitution, in THE FEDERALIST, No. 57, (Excerpt):
"I will add, as a fifth circumstance in the situation of the House of Representatives, restraining them from oppressive measures, that they can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interests and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny. If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America -- a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.
"If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but liberty."
For once, I agree with Pat Buchanan.
Very perceptive analysis by Pat Buchanan, but it does not go far enough. It fails to spell out the diabolical plot by the DemonRATs with this vehicle, Obamacare. It is a demonic twist that this plot plays itself out in the month of October when America is rolling out the pumpkins and goblins.
Point #1. Obamacare is a strategy to get as many people enrolled into the health insurance “exchange.” These will in turn become guaranteed voters for Democrats. DemonRATs know that dependent Americans are Democrat Americans.
Point #2. Obamacare in its pristine form is a guaranteed train wreck. Sen. Harry Reid admitted to Sen. Ted Cruz that it was a train wreck. Obamacare was designed to take down the entire free market healthcare system. When that happens, the goal of single payer government controlled healthcare will be achieved. It will also achieve another goal. The DemonRATs will use that failure to blame Republicans. The beltway media cabal will make sure the script against the Republicans is repeated over and over. So, if the Republicans allow Obamacare to move forward in its pristine form, they are setting up a trap for later.
Point #3. When the Republicans looked into the details of Obamacare, they realized it was a vehicle for disaster. They heard from their constituents the horror stories and the experts, the failings. They knew that they would be held accountable. So, they tried to correct its major difficulties. Numerous times the Republicans tried to fix Obamacare or defund it with no cooperation from the DemonRATs. Why no cooperation from the DemonRATs? All along the DemonRATs were engineering a tactic to create a shutdown. They know this trick worked for Clinton. They engineered this event thinking they can use it against the Republicans in the upcoming 2014 elections. They are counting on their lapdogs in the Lame Stream Media to carry their water against the Republicans.
When Buchanan writes, “this is at root a political and ideological war, and the Beltway has assembled its usual bodyguard of lies and liars to conceal that truth,” he is revealing the nature of the DemonRAT strategy. The nature of their action is to subvert the Republican Party and not to do good for America’s healthcare. If they were interested in doing good, they would have worked with Republicans in fixing the manifest failings and flaws. They did nothing. Obamacare has been a colossal Trojan Horse to be used against the Republicans to gain total political power. It has nothing to do with healthcare.