You don’t have to be a fan of The Doors to recognize that “strange days have found us.” America used to be the sole country founded on an excellent idea. Now our land brims with emotion addicts. The same can be said of our politics. Twenty-five hundred years ago it was a stolid affair. In 2010, politics is an open air video game dominated by circus freaks. At a time in which our republic appears on the brink of financial dissolution, some of its most shallow citizens are driving the news cycle. Their intervention is helpful and evidences the truth behind the cliché “stupid is what stupid does.”
First there was Andy Griffith of television fame. He recorded a commercial in honor of ObamaCare. The sage of Mayberry graced the airwaves for the purposes of celebrating the 45th anniversary of Medicare. Despite being a man of tremendous wealth, the government bankrolled his ad.
Indeed, $700,000 of our tax dollars were spent for the purposes of brainwashing drumming up support among seniors for a statist power grab. The level of analysis from this long-time leftist, who has come full circle, reverting back to “Lonesome Rhodes,” the Olbermann-esque character that launched his career, was truly worthy of the Democratic Party.
No specifics, drawbacks, tax increases, or abridgements of freedom were addressed. Instead, we got treacle:
This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits and with the new health care law, more good things are coming. Free checkups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud. See what else is new. I think you’re going to like it.
Well, I guess “totalitarianism is coming” wouldn’t have been as catchy. However, it is not clear why 2,000-plus pages of legalese — that not even our legislators can understand — was needed were the bill a simple improvement upon the present system.
ObamaCare was crafted by our elites. Missouri put the initiative before its voters and they soundly rejected it by a three to one margin. Hopefully, this outcome will alert Mr. Griffith of its coercive aspects.
That he overlooked them is typical. Democrats pervasively reject cost/benefit analysis. They have no choice in the matter. Integral to being a party drone is the belief that whatever your side does is awesome and whatever the other does is evil.
A perfect example of this conformist mindset was evident during the president’s recent appearance on The View. Joy Behar, one of the program’s hosts, listed as accomplishments … everything Obama has done.
She announced, “You’ve signed 200 plus laws since you’re in office, financial reform has taken place, you’ve got health care, two women on the Supreme Court … and yet the right wing, through Fox News and other outlets, seem to be hijacking the narrative.”
Here Ms. Behar seemed incapable of distinguishing between action and achievement. A trained parrot can sign a bill. It is only noteworthy should that signature produce laws which aggregately improve upon the status quo.
However, history teaches us that most of what Congress passes is short-sighted and disastrous. In light of the socialist misadventure that has been Obama’s reign thus far, we all would have been better off had he vacationed for the past year-and-a-half.
In the spirit of “all is well … always,” Andy Griffith left out of his sound bite the $529 billion that Congress ripped out of Medicare.
Enrollees in Medicare Advantage will suffer a cut in benefits beginning in 2012.
Luckily, Andy’s not worried. Nineteen-sixty-five was a good year.
In the sixties, we had freedom riders. In 2010, we have dumbo riders. Reverend Al Sharpton, an honorary doctor of irrationality, demanded that the public respond to the passage of Arizona’s [for the record, “noncontroversial”] immigration law by initiating mass freedom walks.
The remedial Sharpton wondered, “What is the difference between us and any Mexican or any Haitian or anyone else?” Thanks for asking, Al. Enlightening the unenlightened was never so easy.
The disparity between an illegal alien and an American is that one is a citizen and the other … is not. Obviously, ethnicity has nothing to do with citizenship. How could it?
America is the most fair, kind, and non-discriminatory nation on this earth. We let in a massive amount of immigrants each year and do not weed them out based on their ability or what they have to offer.