A progressive's anti-Obama epic rant

by CynthiaYockey on December 28, 2009

Thanks to Instapundit for linking an anti-Obama epic rant by progressive political science professor David Michael Green — apparently, it smarts something fierce when the Kool-Aid wears off (boldfacing mine):

Like any good progressive, I’ve gone from admiration to hope to disappointment to anger when it comes to this president. Now I’m fast getting to rage.

How much rage? I find myself thinking that the thing I want most from the 2010 elections is for his party to get absolutely clobbered, even if that means a repeat of 1994. And that what I most want from 2012 is for him to be utterly humiliated, even if that means President Palin at the helm. That much rage.

Amazingly, it appears that Prof. Green has looked into what the healthcare reform bills passed by the House and Senate actually would do, as opposed to believing what Obama/Pelosi/Reid claim they will do — I could be wrong, but I get the feeling he no likee:

But here’s a little riddle that any sixth-grader can easily figure out, although it seems to have eluded the brain trust at the White House: If [health] insurance companies are winning big-time [in the proposed healthcare reform bills], then who is doing the losing? Something tells me that if Democrats are dumb enough to pass their own legislation, voters will provide them the answer to that puzzle in November of 2010, and then again two years later. What could be stupider than saddling thirty-five million Americans with a new monthly bill that will probably represent the second or third biggest item in their budget, in exchange for crappy private sector health insurance that is unlikely to pay out when needed, and wastes a third of the dollars paid in premiums on bureaucracy and profits anyhow? Slapping big fines on them if they don’t pony up for the insurance, perhaps? Yep, that’s in there too.

This bill alone could mobilize legions of people to go to the polls and vote for whichever party didn’t do it, and I’m pretty sure the GOP won’t be shy about reminding Americans who that is. I mean, if Democrats were searching for legislation less likely to win them votes, why didn’t they just bring back slavery or the debtor’s prison? Why not come out for pedophilia? It would have been so much more efficient.

I’m going to leave the pedophilia remark alone since I’ve done my best to ignore the Kevin Jennings controversy. But I am delighted that progressives/liberals are finally getting a grip on what the actual healthcare reform legislation would do to them individually and collectively, rather than relying on their politicians and news media to tell them. (When Harry Reid was announcing the Senate votes last week and describing all the good things the healthcare reform bill would do — none of which were true — I had the thought that either Reid is a very good liar OR he is just repeating what he’s been told about the bill and actually believes what he is saying.)

Prof. Green works in a swipe at Republicans, calling them sociopaths, so he is at least aware that there is a syndrome where a person makes promises he does not intend to keep in order to get people to hand over their money and power. The fact that he can’t match it to Obama’s behavior after such a lengthy rant denouncing him reveals how very hard it is to give up on someone for whom you ignored a continent of red flags in the hope that the promises he made to you would be the ones he would choose to keep.

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  • SYD

    Another case of serious cognitive dissonance in land Obotia. They figure out that they have been lied to…. but can’t quite grasp this truth about their candie date: It is *HE* that lied to them.

    Then they set about to deny the nature of the lie. Or, as in this case, they blame it upon another party. Lieberman is a handy target. Or the Republicans…. or whomever.

    And it’s not just where Health Care is concerned that we see this kind of rationale. They are equally as dissonant about the bombing over Detroit. Cuz Obama told them that if we are nice to Al Qaeda they will return the favor…..

    2010 and 2012 will be painful, indeed. Such a spectacularly squandered 2008 Primary. And 2009 election. Progressives, unfortunately, have done this to themselves. (Well, not all of us…. just some of us.)
    .-= SYD´s last blog ..Red State Flyover (I hope Santa did better this year?) =-.

  • Attmay

    Maybe there is hope for the new year.

    I’m glad the lefties are turning on Obama. But don’t be fooled: they’re turning on him because he’s not far enough to the left. They’re upset about the Health Insurance Bill because there remains a private sector in health care. A guy on “Stossel” on Fox Business Channel said it loud and clear: they want the death penalty for the health insurance industry. They want us to have what Canada, a country with a population about 1/10th the size of (and not nearly as diverse as) the US, has. The countries that have government-run health care have small, geographically close, and homogenous populations. Many of them also allow private health care options.

    We want the government out of health care. If the government ran it to the extent that the leftists want, but fundamentalist Christians take control of the government, then don’t think they wouldn’t play politics with the health of gay people.

    • Attmay,

      Republicans and conservatives have to consider that they/we didn’t fight hard to fix the real problems with the real solutions and the people who are supporting the Democrats think that the choice is between their own financial ruin and death OR the financial ruin of rich people and the death of capitalism. They choose the latter. The real solutions are training more medical professionals (NOT importing them!); tort reform, the ability to buy health insurance across state lines; health care savings accounts; a solution-to-be-determined to the problem of getting and keeping health insurance despite pre-existing conditions; and requiring ironclad proof of citizenship, a green card or lawful visa status to buy health insurance or receive medical care or fill a prescription for yourself or your minor child. We’ve got to be showing people we have an alternative plan that is much, MUCH better than Obama’s.

      Cynthia

  • SFGoth

    I think there is something that many people are missing in all this — we do not have the financial resources in this day and age to provide everyone with all the cutting-edge medical care they could ever need. We can’t. We can afford to treat everyone’s broken bones and flues and all that, but advanced cancer, neurological, and degenerative diseases? No. Hell, people rarely died of these things before sanitation — they died of various poisonings or organ failure at 45. Maybe women died in childbirth much earlier. People need to stop thinking Star Trek — with a quick wave of a cheap wand to cure problems — is real. Yes, suffering is awful. However, the best medical plan — and I say this as an atheist — is a good religion. Get comfort in your final resting place and go in peace. “Health Care Reform” does not mean, contrary to the addled masses’ thinking, free PET scans every time you feel weird, and $50,000 therapies for less than an Earl Scheib paint job. It means rationing and ultimately, pulling the plug on the elderly and those not able to contribute to society — like communism.

    • SFGoth,

      It is typical of liberals/Leftists/socialists/Communists/totalitarians to believe that there is only one pie and there can never be any more. This delusion is the definition of suffering, which is the absence of the ability of the individual to use his or her full potential at all time — the absence of enlightenment.

      Fiscal conservatives are resourceful and creative and figure out how to make more pies. Everything in creation began as pure consciousness, the field of pure potential. There already are better ways of doing things so that there are more and more pies. In health care, the best place to start is tort reform, training more health professionals, unlinking health insurance from employment, allowing competition among health insurers across state lines, requiring proof of citizenship or legal residence to have access to healthcare and encouraging better health habits such as smoking cessation, more exercise and better sleep.

      The Obama/Pelosi/Reid healthcare reform bills are founded in corruption and totalitarianism. They are intended to make people feel overwhelmed and helpless and dependent on the state. It’s not about healthcare reform at all, it’s a power grab.

      Cynthia

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