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Will Obamacare Be The Death Of Liberalism ?
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:06:26 AM »
By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether.

In that liberal epoch, the 1960s, the Democratic Party had marched us into an endless war that was tearing America apart.

Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society had produced four “long, hot summers” of racial riots and a national crime rate that had doubled in a decade. The young were alienated, the campuses aflame.

Lippmann endorsed Richard Nixon.

For forty years, no unabashed liberal would be elected president.

Jimmy Carter won one term by presenting himself as a born-again Christian from Georgia, a peanut farmer, Naval Academy graduate and nuclear engineer. Bill Clinton ran as a centrist.

So toxic had the term “liberal” become that liberals dropped it and had themselves rebaptized as “progressives.”

Barack Obama, however, ran unapologetically as a man of the left. An opponent of the Iraq war, he had compiled a voting record to the left of Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont.

And Obama proudly placed his signature achievement, Obamacare, right alongside, and in the tradition of, liberal giants FDR and LBJ.

This is the new progressivism of the 21st century, Obama was saying, and I the transformational figure who will usher in the post-Reagan era. Where Clinton failed, I will succeed.

But now that Obamacare is coming to be perceived as a political catastrophe, not only does it threaten Obama’s place in history, it could invalidate, indeed, eviscerate the defining idea of the Democratic Party itself.

For Democrats are the Party of Government. They believe that government is more nobly motivated than a private sector that runs on self-interest and the profit motive, and that government can achieve goals private enterprise could never accomplish.

To liberals, government is us, the personification of the nation.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicare and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are monuments to this belief. So, too, are the world wars fought and won under liberal presidents Woodrow Wilson and FDR.

It was 1968, the Tet Offensive, the assassinations, the urban riots, the campus anarchy, the smash-up of the Democratic Party in the streets of Chicago that caused the national recoil from liberalism that lasted for forty years.

Now consider what the rollout of Obamacare is doing, not only to this president and his administration, but also to the idea that government has the solution to America’s problems.

Though they had as long as World War II to get it done, Obama’s crowd could not even produce a working website. Now we learn the White House was alerted to the website problems in March but plunged ahead.

Obama’s reputation for competence has been shredded, and, so, too, has his reputation for truthfulness.

With millions losing their health insurance because of Obamacare mandates, we learn that Obama and his team knew this was inevitable, even as they reassured us, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.”

The brutal truth: Our president got his legacy program passed by deceiving the American people in a giant swindle.

Not only have millions lost their health care plans, tens of millions more may lose theirs at year’s end when they learn that their employer’s health care plans also do not meet Obamacare mandates.

Hillarycare cost the Democrats the House in 1994. Obamacare, the love child of Hillarycare, could cost Democrats the Senate in 2014.

But what makes this a disaster not just for a party but a philosophy is that Obamacare is liberalism incarnate. It is premised on the idea that progressives, starting from scratch, can redesign a health care system, 16 percent of the economy, and make it more fair, more just and more efficient for us all.

Obamacare was an act of hubris by an administration of talking heads most of whom never ran anything in their lives. And what we are witnessing is the antithesis of what we were promised.

So confident were they in the wonks that wrote the bill that Nancy Pelosi could say, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

Seven weeks in, the website is not fixed. Millions have lost their health care plans. Quality hospitals are being cut out of the program as too costly. Individuals are being offered plans inferior to what they had in terms of benefits, but with far more costly premiums.

The crisis for Obama, his party, and his philosophy is that this is not only a nightly national story; it is a daily story in every state. And the anecdotes of debacles have been piling up, one upon another, for seven weeks. They do not cease, and there is no end in sight.

Nothing, it appears, will interrupt the litany of personal woes before Democrats, in panic, cut themselves loose of Obamacare and try to swim away from the Lusitania.

It will likely be a long time before another Democratic president dares again another such Great Leap Forward.

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/11/22/will-obamacare-be-the-death-of-liberalism/

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Re: Will Obamacare Be The Death Of Liberalism ?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 07:37:10 AM »
No.  Conservatives pontificate, procrastinate and attempt to "educate" instead of taking action.  You see, Conservatives have their own utopian fantasies where people greet each other on the public square with "Good morning Citizen Shopkeep!  Tis a morning worthy of the Lord's day, is it not?".
"Why yes it is, Citizen Franchise Opportunity.  Will be filling my belly with a shank of mutton.".
All the while Conservatives are writing books, Leftists are writing books and taking action.  All the while Conservatives are bloviating on the radio, Leftists are bloviating on the radio and taking action.  All the while Conservatives are engaging in snappy reparté, Leftists are engaging in snappy reparté and taking action
But Conservatives don't do that.  As if it's below them.  Well, if you love something, you do what needs to be done and that is Sarah Palin.  She has passion.  I would take 5 Palins before 25 Limbaughs.
Conservatives claim to be results oriented.  Palin has put more Conservatives in office in 5 years than Limbaugh has in 20.
Limbaugh will complain about people getting elected and then being concerned with being invited to all the parties.  Well, how has playing in pro-am golf tournaments, sitting in owner's skyboxes or being a guest star on a sitcom advanced the cause of Conservatism?  It all boils down to results.  If the result is preaching to the choir, he wins hands down.  His only correct point is politicians live the good life on taxpayer's dime, he lives out of his own pocket.
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Re: Will Obamacare Be The Death Of Liberalism ?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 08:20:29 AM »
I don't think Obamacare will be the death of liberalism.

Liberalism is like a virus. A virus injects itself into a living cell commandeering the cells reproductive mechanisms to make copies of itself. New viruses are assembled in the infected host cell.

Stay with me.

Without a host, a virus cannot replicate. So viruses never completely kill off the organism it needs to replicate. If the host is no more, then the virus is no more.

A virus (liberalism) needs a host (politically immunodeficient college students) to survive. And those we will always have in abundance.

And there it is.
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Re: Will Obamacare Be The Death Of Liberalism ?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 08:27:08 AM »
I don't think Obamacare will be the death of liberalism.

Liberalism is like a virus. A virus injects itself into a living cell commandeering the cells reproductive mechanisms to make copies of itself. New viruses are assembled in the infected host cell.

Stay with me.

Without a host, a virus cannot replicate. So viruses never completely kill off the organism it needs to replicate. If the host is no more, then the virus is no more.

A virus (liberalism) needs a host (politically immunodeficient college students) to survive. And those we will always have in abundance.

And there it is.

A positive is the Millennials seemed to have learned after one exposure.  Gen Xs, Ys, and Boomers have not.
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Re: Will Obamacare Be The Death Of Liberalism ?
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 08:31:42 AM »
Agree.  I've been privately calling it a "virus" for a while now.  In the public arena, a seemingly innocuous public figure will all of a sudden start spewing the propaganda.  Like when Tom Hanks suddenly started doing it--kissing Obama's butt like some pathetic lapdog.  Or when Oprah suddenly started doing it.   

I have watched comedians (especially females) become more angry and shrill and downright mean over the last 10-15 years.  Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Silverman---these women are now carrying high virus titres. 


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