By Rick Saunders
Well, now that the true depth and breadth of the lunacy of the Obamascare Medical Arabesque Bait and Switch Reform Act of 2009 is becoming more widely known to Americans–not to be confused with the inmates now in charge of running the Asylum on Capitol Hill, formerly known as “Congress”–there is angst across the land, from sea to shining sea.
The level of that angst seems to rise with each new revelation of what the actual language of the House bill–skulking through the process as HB 3200–says, thanks to people actually questioning their congressional representatives about its contents (having actually read it, unlike many congressmen), thus postponing a vote on the monstrosity.
Actually, “monstrosity” is too mild and gentle a label for this fast-track mechanism to socialized medicine and health care peddled by Dr. Obama and his crew of Chicago machine, earn-while-you-learn mental proctologists. The fact is that the bill is Dr. Obama’s prescription for what he would have us believe ails the country: free markets, capitalism and equality of opportunity. The bitter pill he wants to force down the collective throat of the nation is intended to be but one cog in the larger collectivist gearbox designed to decimate private enterprise, eventually outlaw capitalism, and drive the country toward that holy grail of liberals everywhere — equality of outcome.
Meanwhile, those citizens (not to be confused with people merely “present” in the country, legally or not) who have had the temerity to actually question the ingredients in Dr. Obama’s “trust-me-this-will-make-you-feel-better” elixir, are now denigrated, marginalized and labeled–to use Nancy Pelosi’s pejorative–un-American, Nazi-sympathizing “astroturf.”
What a jerk. What an unmitigated, disgrace Pelosi is to her office. This creature is third in the line of succession to the presidency, and she has the gall to paint citizens who refuse to march quietly into a New Dark Age of health care promised under HB 3200 as un-American? Absolutely outrageous, yet so totally unsurprising from the representative of the People’s Republic of San Francisco.
In a commentary at Townhall.com and elsewhere, Michelle Malkin nails the lunacy of the Democrats’ tactics today with the Etiquette Czar’s Rules for Patriotic Protest, a checklist of “do’s” and “don’ts” for the so-called “ugly mobs” who have the nerve to resist The Chosen One’s prescriptions. Brilliantly, she summarizes the list as: “Shhhhhh…..” And when even Camille Paglia–certainly no friend of Republicans–minces approximately zero words in calling Obama incompetent on the health care debacle and calls on Pelosi to immediately “step down” (it is unclear whether that means merely to resign as Speaker, or to resign from the House entirely — plainly, the latter would be far more prophylactic for the nation), you know there is a gigantic, structural problem with the bill and the tactics being used by the Democrats to try to ram it up the nation’s . . . well . . . nose.
Paglia also notes that Obama’s promotion of and lobbying (yes, Virginia, lobbying) for the legislation is the “most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq.” She also correctly points out that the reaction of the Obama administration–the “snitch-on-your-neighbor” pushback initiative–was not his finest moment:
The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration’s outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable ‘casual conversations’ to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.
For the comment that, “if Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast,” Paglia deserves the Pulitzer Prize for Most Understated Observation du Jour.
It all begs the question: how can one be “implicated” as Paglia suggests–”implicated” thereby suggesting indirect involvement–in an incident which one has conceived, designed, approved and implemented? One who engages in such conduct is rather a perpetrator, after all, not a mere sideline observer who might somehow be “implicated.” And while Paglia may have been “stunned,” more and more Americans are realizing that this is just par for the course under this regime. How’s that “hope” and “change” working out for everyone now?
HB 3200 is a medical hydra, with at least five other poisonous heads wiggling around in the corridors of the House. Someone needs to call Orkin. The American people, having now wised up to the “colossal, brazen bait-and-switch” bamboozle being peddled by the Squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania are speaking out, as they should. To quote another famous American: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
No need to channel that message. Americans get it.
So, keep it up, America — the routing of the Obots from the scene has begun.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.