posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 02:13 PM
Obama’s Healthcare Horror
Heads should roll – beginning with Nancy Pelosi’s
I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ...has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American
citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.
There is plenty of blame to go around.
The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into
invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.
Camille Paglia, liberal spokewoman and blogger has made it clear that the current healthcare bill is a mistake and town-hall dissent justified.
Moreover, she acknowledges the reality that this "reform" is merely a stepping stone to a government-run, single-payer, system that will end private
insurance and free market competition:
You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really?
And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my
insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health
systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.
See, even the "radical left" can be rational at times.
Actually, Paglia is a libertarian at heart with a liberal bent and is not averse to benign
government influence in our lives. But even
is appalled at the inconsistent incoherence of a bill crafted to punish doctors and insurance companies rather than to provide needed
reforms to a failing health care system.
As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all
at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support.
How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming Republicans is
nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn't conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare
legislation; it's the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a
tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us
guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.
Normally supportive of all things Democrat, Paglia lays blame directly at the feet of the wrong-thinking and intolerant left in this disaster.
... What do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a delusion of superiority
to ordinary mortals.
I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. I thought the Democratic party was
passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.
But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense
all bounty and magically heal all ills. 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
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
Paglia even goes so far as to find reason and logic in Sarah Palin's "death panel" description of healthcare omniscience:
I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism.
This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a "death panel" under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the
disabled and elderly. ... On reflection, I realized that Palin's shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate's unease with the
prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a
symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is
heresy, persecuted and punished.
Perhaps cooler heads, as with Camille Paglia and, now and more frequently, others seeing the fraud that the healthcare proposal actually perpetrates,
Maybe some will also see that an informed electorate may have more on the ball than they are given credit for; certainly more than the MSM and even
the elected "officials" supporting such overreaching and underhanded treatment of Americans.
[edit on 12-8-2009 by jdub297]