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September 13, 2009
Mark Steyn: 'Where is Obama's Center?'
Another thought provoking, brilliant article from Mark Steyn. This time, the star columnist is advancing the notion that Obama's health care reform will lead to a permanent left wing government.
Steyn, writing in NRO:
Well, says the president, shuffling his cups and moving the pea under another shell, we're spending too much on health care. By "we're," he means you and you and you and you and millions of other Americans making individual choices over which he casually claims collective jurisdiction.
And that, ultimately, gets closer than anything else he says to giving the game away. For most of the previous presidency, the Left accused George W. Bush of using 9/11 as a pretext to attack Iraq. Since January, his successor has used the economic slump as a pretext to "reform" health care. Most voters don't buy it: They see it as Obama's "war of choice," and the more frantically he talks about it as a matter of urgency the weirder it seems. If he's having difficulty selling it, that's because it's not about "health." As I've written before, the appeal of this issue to him and to Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, et al., is that governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture - one in which elections are always fought on the Left's issues and on the Left's terms, and in which "conservative" parties no longer talk about small government and individual liberty but find themselves retreating to one last pitiful rationale: that they can run the left-wing state more effectively than the Left can. Listen to your average British Tory or French Gaullist on the campaign trail pledging to "deliver" government services more "efficiently."
Steyn believes that what has transpired this week; the unmasking of Van Jones, the NEA fiasco with Yosi Sergant, and the ACORN sting shows that Obama's "lunatic mainstream," is "embedded philosophically and actually in the heart of Obamaland."
Read the whole thing.