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Ed Driscoll

Abuse Their Illusions

January 27th, 2014 - 11:20 am

“How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot” is explored by Glenn Reynolds in his USA Today column. “Nobody is signing up, and everybody — in Colorado,at least — is smoking:”

In his excellent book, Two Cheers For Anarchism, Professor James Scott writes:

One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called ‘Irish Democracy,’ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.

That seems to be happening right now, in two very different areas. In one area, we have the refusal of people to sign up for Obamacare in anything like the numbers that were predicted, or needed to make it work.

And regarding cannabis in Colorado, “the state, and millions of Coloradans, are simply ignoring the federal law and, in essence, daring the feds to do something about it,” Glenn goes on to add.

I remember plenty of Irish Democracy during the Jimmy Carter seventies, the last time a Keynesian-based out-of-touch federal government was at its over-regulatory zenith. Like today, a then-newly emerged electronic communication technology was used by many to end-run government restrictions on freedom — and fun.

Not to be confused with “Chinese Democracy,” the 2008 Guns & Roses album with the endless gestation period, during which Axl Rose morphed into Paul Williams so slowly, everyone noticed.

Related: “Connecticut scrambles for amnesty plan after realizing that citizens are refusing to register their ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high capacity’ magazines.”

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ObamaCare makes the ridiculous Double Nickel speed limit law look well thought out and reasonable.

We need the late Hal Needham back to make some new SMOKEY AND THE DEATH PANEL Irish democracy flicks. IRS Agent Buford T. Taxman: "Put the Obamacare evidence in the car, Junior. Mr. Bandit, sir, I'm gonna molasses your taxable assets!"
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Given the character of the people who run our government, I don't think they'll mind too much if a fair number of people want to blast their minds on Soma.
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For the aging 60s boomers who helped design ObamaCare and whose goal it was in their youth not to sound like their generation gap parents, even they can figure out if they tighten the screws on the millennials in order to force them to buy health insurance, they'll be in an even worse place with the nation's young adults than those old fogey Republicans were back when they were takin' it to the streets.

Of course, since ObamaCare was never meant to succeed, this isn't unexpected. It just came about 18-24 months too fast, where the ineptness of Team Obama means millenials and others are mad at the government and ignoring its pleas to sign up, instead of being mad at the insurance companies as originally planned. So the White House brain trust's goal will be to let the 30-and-unders somehow know its the big insurers and the GOP who've messed this up (maybe they can send Ezra Klein out to do a long explanation as his debut piece for his Vox vanity website).
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The truth of the matter is if ObamaCare or anything else puts the economic and other incentives on the side of truculence, you don't need an organized conspiracy to accomplish Irish Democracy. It becomes the path of least resistance or at least, the best choice in a bad situation. It would be the mother of all unintended consequences - a law so incompetent, it pushed the populace to take the very actions that would destroy it. Well, Botox Betty did say you gotta pass it to know what's in it...
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