Will health care reform help cover nausea as a result of passing health care reform?
Not content with having a health care conformity bill be merely anti-free market, Democrats have now taken the ball out of bounds and are determined to show the American people just how anti-democratic and anti-representative our "democratically elected" House of "Representatives" truly can be.
This health care circus has gotten to the point where you can pretty much be assured that despite whatever words are spoken by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, the truth is buried somewhere else. Or, according to Pelosi, we'll get the truth after everything is passed…
Funding for abortion, death panels, mandates, higher costs, increased deficits, reduced choices…all lies! Lies I say! Yes, Democrat rejections of these concerns are all steeped in lies. And the truths? Up-and-down votes? A transparent and open process? Bipartisanship? A bill that everyone wants? Well…these are all lies too.
The entire sad episode has truly turned into one of the most bizarre political exercises in American history. I'm not just talking about the health care bill – I'm speaking to the national experiment of putting an inexperienced, leftist-radical in the White House, voted in ala American Idol criteria (he can't really carry a tune but he looks cool with a cigarette). And – as it's becoming increasingly obvious – the president is a chronic liar (to be fair, it's not Obama who is lying but rather his teleprompter).
It's obvious now that whenever Obama makes a statement that includes "what the American people want" it's most likely the complete opposite of what the American people want.
Obama's problems seem to be rooted in his supreme condescension of all things opposed to Obamunism. Granted, you don't get to the presidency without an elevated sense of self. George W. Bush had his swagger. Bill Clinton had his…penis. Barack Obama has…Barack Obama.
Most non-incumbent politicians run on the idea of 'change' and 'hope' and 'reform' and 'unity' and 'bipartisanship'. What sets Obama apart from most politicians is that he ran almost solely on these bumper stickers. And what sets him apart even more is that I don't recall an elected official in memory who worked so fervently to abandon these principles.
Obama hasn't merely failed at political diplomacy; he has declared war on it. He (and others) paint Republicans as "the party of 'no'" even though Republicans have been virtually inconsequential to Democrat failings in the past year. Obama didn't need a single Republican vote to get anything passed, either in the House or in the Senate and as proof, some key legislation was indeed passed without a single Republican vote.
Yet when he decided to create an opportunity to get Republican support with his dog-and-pony show a couple of weeks back, he mocked and belittled them. He dismissed their valid and widely shared concerns as mere "talking points". He even went beneath his own level of immaturity and took an unnecessary cheap shot at the senator he defeated in the 2008 presidential election.
How's that new era of unity coming? We have elected a man-child to the White House.
Seriously. I have a five year old and a two year old. They are more mature than Barack Obama and the only thing they want passed is mixed-vegetables reform.
Speeches of his are peppered with condescending tones, smug lecturing and a highly defensive posture. He has all but indicated that Republicans are the problem and the American people are too stupid to know what they want so it's up to Democrats to give it to them anyway.
Now the president is prepared to eat his own. He has publically declared war on members of his own party who choose to represent their constituents over the far-reaching whims of leftwing political leadership. Obama has wedged himself between elected representatives and their districts, essentially telling Democrats in Congress that they have to decide what is more consequential – losing support of the president and his influence in the party or losing support of the people who actually vote.
If I were an elected Democrat, I might take a look at his track record on 'helping' Democrats win elections. Michigan. Hmm. Virginia. Umm. Massachusetts. Ouch! Any sensible Democrat with an ounce of dignity (there are some) would respond back to the president's muscling with, "Is that a promise?".
The amazing thing is that Obama is prepared to tear his party to shreds over one issue that people frankly are sick of (does the Senate bill cover that type of illness?). He is prepared to throw his own people overboard for something that has become incomprehensible. He is prepared to destroy his party at a time when the GOP is already tinkering with unprecedented momentum.
Who is advising this guy? Someone is forgetting to tell the president that his political capital is waning.
One of three things will come from the Obama Plan For Electoral Victory in 2010. His divisive approach to his own party will help ensure sweeping Republican victories and maybe even tilt the power away from him; "wavering" Democrats will concede on health care, get reelected and then make his next two years more miserable than any Republican majority could; or Democrats will hold on to their seats despite Obama's opposition which will cement his status as a political failure and create for himself a permanent class of hostile enemies in both parties.
The art of political war is to unite your side and divide your opposition. No one on the left or the right misunderestimates this important point more than Barack Obama.
To President Obama: the GOP thanks you for your support.
Crossposted at The Inside Straight