March 30, 2010
We Are Expected to Believe
"Health Care Plan Gains Favor," insists the White House message, echoed incessantly by the me-too media and passed off as news across the land.
After all, they had to kick through the door and pass the bill so we can see the beauty within it. And it was a great and stirring "victory" for the wunderkind Obama -- a victory over the American people.
"For Obama it was transformative," intoned the scribe, as he readied the white robes and royal scepter. And as Obama so disingenuously put it last week in his Iowa propaganda pitch:
So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there any -- (laughter) -- asteroids falling or -- (applause) -- some cracks opening up in the Earth. (Laughter.) It turned out it was a nice day. (Laughter.) Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall. People still have their doctors.
From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers -- they're going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn't. They'll have to finally acknowledge this isn't a government takeover of our health care system. They'll see that if Americans like their doctor, they'll be keeping their doctor. You like your plan? You'll be keeping your plan. No one is taking that away from you. Three months from now, six months from now you're going to look around. You're going to be sitting in a doctor's office reading through the old People magazines. (Laughter.) And you'll say, hey, this is the same doctor, same plan. It wasn't Armageddon.
Valerie Jarret, sponsor of Van Jones, spoke on Sunday of "enormous financial benefits" for business, while in the background, corporations are taking billion-dollar ObamaCare write-downs, and in the process generating a summons to a congressional inquisition.
All of the messaging reflects the view of the exalted and most high that the peasants and the peons, the serfs and the knuckle-dragging bitter clingers, wait eagerly, slavishly, on bended knees, with bated breath for words from above to wrap their foolish little minds around. The oracles of the temple need only cast their decrees upon the wind for the town criers across the land to repeat them in numbing refrain, and all will be well in the Progressive land of plenty.
We are expected to forget, to accept, to embrace, and above all, to believe. With fervent devotion, and deepest emotion, to believe.
We are expected to believe that Obama's signing rendered the bill benign. We are expected to believe three thousand pages of shalls and shants, musts and mandates, have drifted away on the breeze and can no longer come between our doctors and us.
We are expected to believe that a half-trillion in new taxes and a half-trillion in Medicare cuts will suddenly go unnoticed. We are expected to believe that Enron-style CBO accounting will be transfigured into wondrous sums for our grandchildren to behold. We are expected to believe that our newly disciplined government will never let this entitlement break the bank.
We are expected to believe that a new army of IRS enforcers and HHS deciders will be kind and benevolent, especially to our grandmothers, our terminally ill, and our weak and helpless. We are expected to believe that the government will not be forced to decide who gets scarce medical treatment and who gets the pain pill instead.
We are expected to believe that the mandates reflect the beneficence of an engorged state. We are expected to believe the partial-birth-abortion-voter-in-chief will swiftly stem the tide of taxpayer-funded abortions.
We are expected to finally believe the only way to improve the greatest medical care system known to man is to break it down and relegate it to an enormous government bureaucracy. We are expected to believe the dead hand of the state will now miraculously encourage new doctors, new drugs, new treatments and new investments.
We are expected to believe there is no hope, no reason, and no will to repeal the bill. We are expected to believe the Democrats' popular appeal is newly enhanced by the allure of ObamaCare.
We are expected to believe that millions of Tea Party ralliers, town hall attenders, opinion poll responders, governor voters, and Scott Brown electors were, well, misguided and misled, deluded and confused.
We are expected to believe that the fools on the hill really do know, after all, what is best for us. We are expected to believe that they followed the will of the majority of Americans and that our former opposition was narrow-minded and racist.
We are expected to believe that ObamaCare really is invisible, and it will never be ratcheted up over the years so we will not notice until we are so firmly locked in its invasive tentacles that we can never escape its steely grip. We are expected to believe that such a thing can't happen here.
We are expected to believe, in our naïveté, that health care "reform" is not really the lynchpin of Obama's plan to "fundamentally transform" the United States of the Founders into the United States of Obama.
We are expected to believe that the president tells it to us straight. We are expected to believe that we must rejoice when the president tells us, "This is what change looks like."
Most galling of all, we are expected to believe that the majority of Americans woke up last Monday morning with total amnesia.
You must be kidding.