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Ron Radosh

The latest polls tell us the brutal truth: Each day, Barack Obama’s popularity declines and more and more Americans are coming to reject Obamacare. It is no wonder that, quite suddenly, the president and Nancy Pelosi are referring to it as the Affordable Care Act — a blatant attempt to dissociate the measure from the president. The ABC News/Washington Post poll, for example, tells us that 56% of the public disapprove of the job Obama is doing and 55% disapprove of ObamaCare.

Writing in National Journal, Josh Kraushaar tells us in plain words that “there’s nothing that Democrats want more than to change the subject from Obamacare.”  Congressional Democrats especially “don’t want to be dealing with a drip-drip of news about premiums going up, patients losing their doctors, and a broken health care website as they face angry voters in 2014.” Obamacare, in other words, is a gift to conservatives and Republicans that never stops giving.

What really worries them, as Kruashaar puts it, is that over time “enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise.” If they weren’t so worried, the president would not have come up with his “fix” that, in reality, threatens the entire exchange market, which is the essence of the ACA.

So, at a moment when “even its most ardent supporters are running for the hills,”  it is no wonder that the American Left is beginning to worry that their entire social-democratic and socialist agenda is in danger of complete collapse. They are right to be worried, when already they have found that blue-state Democratic liberals — all bona fide “progessives” — joined Republicans to vote for GOP legislation that would help destroy the law. Here is what Maryland Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat in the bluest of the blue states, had to say: the ACA “is not working.” And Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona said that Obamacare “is a disaster for the working families in my Arizona district who badly need quality, affordable health care.” They know that Obamacare is not giving them that, and indeed, is making things worse.

The biggest freak-out came on the website of the New Republic, from none other than its self-proclaimed renewed-Marxist journalist, John B. Judis.  Republicans will maintain control of the House in 2014, he writes, and there are “warning signs” about whether Democrats can even keep the Senate. This assessment comes from the man who is co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority. So if Judis believes the party he supports is now in grave danger of losing both houses of Congress, one must pay attention.

He tells us that in North Carolina in August, Senator Kay Hagan was up eight points over her Republican challenger, according to Public Policy Polling. Now she is tied. And he warns us that in Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia, Democrats are now the underdog.  Indeed, he thinks the Democrats could even lose Senate races in Iowa and Michigan!

But what really worries TNR’s most left-wing columnist and editor is what it could mean for the entire progressive — i.e., leftist — agenda. Acknowledging that Americans have, since the days of the  Founding Fathers, always had a distrust of government, Judis thinks that the entire edifice of “Americans’ support for government social and economic programs” is in danger of being eroded. “But if Obamacare doesn’t work as promised,” he writes,  “then its failure will have reinforced for a generation the argument against any government initiatives.” The country, he is concerned, might be doomed to “inaction.”

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Let's not be disingenuous...that is a trait reserved specially for the Marxists.

Republicans did NOTHING to reverse the stranglehold the Marxists held on the "messaging".

What took place was that the duped and intentionally misled public finally got a taste DIRECTLY...of what Marxism will feel like...transforming them...good and hard.

John Roberts applied that measure, by allowing it to brutalize our nation.

Absent that...the Propaganda Machine would have continued to cover up and blow....um...kisses...at Obama.

So, our first order of business is not to whimper about the "quality" of candidates...it is to work on seizing the moment...carpe diem....and GET THE MESSAGE OUT.

A purple yam could win most contested elections, if we would only take the time to ...you know...tell the truth.

Republicans are so meek, timid and trembling at the notion of "Obama's popularity"...they refused to tell the damn truth. Tip-toeing around, mincing about, ever frightened at the Propaganda Machine and its puppetmaster...they ALLOWED the "popularity" to build, creating a self-fulfillling prophecy....and when Ted Cruz decided to take a stand...these limp-wristed daisies found their "courage", finally...and someone they felt they could attack. Brilliant work, that.

Whose side are these clown car drivers on, actually?

Look, I think the Tea Party ran some particularly poor candidates, no doubt. But, at the core of the two sides....those willing to stand up and fight for this nation have the better of the heart size and more my admiration and respect for the willingness to engage the true battle.

Republicans have been so wimpy and halting...they frittered away every battle for our national soul. Our Constitution is being battered and shredded and they are looking for the resin on their fiddle bows.

No, Ron. You know I respect and admire you, Charles K, and all those who want to win the Senate seats.

But, by God...the SEMINAL ISSUE IS FOR THE SOUL OF THE COUNTRY TO BE SAVED...not the "protection" of seats in the Senate. We should take the current mayor of Chicago's advice and never let a crisis go to waste.

The radical Marxists have created this crisis, just like they created the crises in real estate, banking, automotive, energy, border control, foreign relations and have crashed the economy...set the world on the edge of peril in the Middle East and have made Russia a re-emerging power, along with Iran.

If we do NOT engage the battle at the front....where truth is being slaughtered...we can mirror the "lead from behind" methodology of our now decimated military security and readiness apparatus. And lose this nation, for good.

If we seize this moment to lay out the truth...that radical Marxists have nearly destroyed the economy, have intentionally weakened America's ability to defend itself, and have put the citizenry under a reckless, lawless, dictatorial/anti-Constitutional tyranny....it won't matter a Tinker's Dam who runs for a particular seat.

Because those too timid to represent us when and where we need the most protection...are no"representatives" at all. In a representative SELF-governance...it is WE, the people who are the most important voice...not those who feel "entitled" to titles.
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"That is why it is so important that in 2014 Republicans not blow the possibility of taking both houses of Congress because they are waging a useless fight against the faction that one side or the other disagrees with in our own ranks."

Ah yes, there it is. I was reading this column, wondering when Radosh would take his obligatory swipe at the Tea Party. It took longer than I expected, but he didn't disappoint. "Hey Tea Party, sit down and shut up. Let the smart people handle this." Am I right? Hey, if I'm not, and what you meant was "Hey establishment, you have a decades long track record of unmitigated failure to preserve liberty, so step aside and let the Tea Party point the way forward", then by all means feel free to correct me.
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Ron, you did not mention the neo-communist media one time in your article. The ONLY way "liberals" (neo-communists) get elected in America is, in the words of the gentleman from South Carolina; THEY LIE! It is no secret anymore that the media establishment is in the tank for the neo-communist party and will carry their water in EVERY election, against EVERY opponent and will LIE and FABRICATE stories for the neo-commie's benefit. That is part of the message conservatives need to carry to the American people: the media has lied to you for all these years just as the neo-communists did - and show the videos to prove it. Obamacare is a disaster that the media cannot hide; every affected American will see with their own eyes the higher premiums and deductibles, the loss of doctors, the rationing....and the death panels. IF the republicans play hardball, and play it smart, they will OVERWHELMINGLY take both houses of congress. Stay tuned....

Remember BENGHAZI!
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"what Obamacare’s Failure Means for the Future"

Not enough, unfortunately. The Left is notoriously impervious to learning.
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Part of the beauty of this whole thing is that capitalism, in a sense, is working its magic while the obamacare nightmare eats its own.

In the United States, assume all ideas are of "equal" merit, for lack of a better way to put it. The statist approach vs. the private market approach get consideration and, arguably, the apparent polls showed about a 50/50 split in the love/hate relationship of those who wanted it vs. those who did not.

So out it came. And from the very first moment, it has failed. It has failed gloriously. It has reaffirmed what capitalists and private market constitutionalists have insisted for years. It went *kablooie* on the very first day.

But, entertain for a moment that it just might be an affirmation of the capitalist system working. That is, everyone and everything has the opportunity to fail. A right endowed by our creator. It's as if God Himself said, "OK....try it. Go ahead. You don't seem interested in listening to Me, so I have allowed you the gift to choose for yourself. Perhaps when you see it fail, you will realize what I said to you was correct."

The great experiment that is the United States may survive this dabbling in Marxism and all the other isms that have come along but at the end of the day, a free people can deride the ones who took them for a ride and get rid of them. So far, I don't think anyone from president pants-crease to all the other national socialists is immune from haughty derision and ridicule.

The racist tag has lost power, as witnessed by the backlash to D'oh-prah's asinine remarks and more and more of the party's celebrity hacks are walking away shaking their heads.

It's much like partying all night, living it up, care and worry free until the next morning when the hangover and the reality of life hit you as you wake up with your own vomit gluing you to the pillow. Yeah---like that.

You then say, with your head feeling like it's powered by Briggs & Stratton and wanting it to stop, "Ohhhhhh......never again."

That is, until the next time. Someone on this blog stated that they think this ACA thing will signal the end of leftism.

Nope.

It won't.

The allure to a perfect universe at the hands of intellectual salespeople who re-package and re-brand and re-invent socialism again and again always gets new customers. Sometimes the same old customers who just can't seem to learn.

But love it they do. After all, who wouldn't want a world with free everything and no consequences. No pollution, no bad kids, no criminals, no evil profiteers, everyone is special and gets trophies and all kids can grow up to be brain surgeons or astronauts or pro athletes---all they have to do is just ask. After all, they're all equal, right?

The emotional maturity that was provided to the WWII generation was there because of the realities of the Great Depression and a world at war where they saw the worst of the worst but also realized they survived. They put that attitude into action and made the United States the first nation with a middle-class bursting at the seams. A middle class that did it all and provided the world with an example of what teamwork and freedom in a free-market economy could accomplish.

Not some troll-infested worker's "paradise" with everyone making the same wage, everyone getting the same food, same living accommodations, etc., no. A nation where anyone could aspire to be and/or do anything if they were willing to put forth the effort.

So...the national socialists put forth their effort to market, sell and implement a socialized healthcare system that had the ulterior motive of breaking the health insurance industry once and for all and their tactics and marketing strategy not only failed but it failed big. Titanic-sinking iceberg big. Asteroid-killing dinosaur big. Like I said, *kablooie*.

Sadly, though, there are still too many national socialists who think that rationalization is the same as explanation. Today the talk at work was about the national socialists blaming the republicans for the failures of the ACA implementation and even their own pathetic little mouth-breathers weren't buying that. The democrats wrote it, made it law, implemented it, and are administering it without any help from any republican on planet earth....the consequence of locking them out of the process.

They have it all over their shoes and now they are walking all over the carpet but trying to blame it on someone or something else.

This is the definition of puerile.

But after this muck-up has been pushed aside for long enough, they'll be back with yet another grandiose banana-republic toy and candy store wet dream to get everyone's attention. And they'll find new idealists who think that fixing man's inherent faults can be done by central government planning and control.

And it always almost seems to split right down the middle of society.
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Our complaints about obamacare are valid, but we need to address a way to end obamacare. Since this law was passed entirely by Democrats, we can’t trust them to vote against the law. The mid-term election in November 2014 is the next chance we have to repeal obamacare. We need to vote for Republicans who are on record as being willing to vote for repeal as many times as it takes. If we have enough support to get a veto-proof Congress we can eliminate this law no matter what Obama wants. At minimum we can defund it.
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Just wondering if the country is headed for very dangerous times as the left spectrum unites in frustration and anger at their changing fortunes. Might the Occupiers/Black Bloc resurface with the approbation of progressive/statist Democrats like Pelosi, Durbin, Waters, Ellison, Schakowsky, the Media, etc. What do Obama and Holder and DHS have in mind...they seem to have identified the nation's "real" enemies as those who are conservatives, small government constitutionalists. Is there still time to help the under 30 cohort see where we are otherwise headed? Obamacare's realities may be a wake up call, but this generation has still been thoroughly indoctrinated.
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Just wondering if the country is headed for very dangerous times as the left spectrum unites in frustration and anger at their changing fortunes. Might the Occupiers/Black Bloc resurface with the approbation of progressive/statist Democrats like Pelosi, Durbin, Waters, Ellison, Schakowsky,
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Barack Obama is just bringing to completion LBJ's turn toward soft socialism, the Wagner Bill and all that. I understand you're an LBJ fan, Ron. Let's be clear -- does the failure of Obamacare mean that BHO just got the details wrong, or is it a good illustration with what's wrong with this particular born-late aspect of the New Deal? Elsewhere:
http://www.marxmail.org/new_deal.htm
you have argued that FDR's New Deal was "conservative". Are you convinced of this and at the same time don't accept that BHO, in fulfilling one of the parts of that plan that FDR dropped, the national health care initiative, is "conservative"? Surely you don't think FDR dropped it because it wasn't conservative -- as I read, it was because it was regarded as politically inviable. It seems from your position you have to argue that Obamacare in principle is intrinsically in line with conservative policy, except for some details that need to be fixed. Would that be your position?

Just curious. I'm not sure how you reconcile the two positions.
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One of the major problems with ACA is that it is too big. This should be a lesson to future legislators to create future legislation in smaller more manageable chunks. Putting the IRS in charge of enforcement was the worst decision of all.

Some serious effort should also be spent in finding a way to prevent partisan legislation from being rammed through like happened with the ACA. Perhaps requiring a certain minimum percentage of congressmen from opposition parties to vote for a bill.
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Agreed. Use a modular approach. Each module should be understandable, narrow in scope, and limited in the amount of damage it can inflict if it doesn't work correctly. And it should be tested - maybe in one or two states - before it's unleashed on the entire country.
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That to me is the best reason to repeal it root and branch- as a statement that that sort of crap will not be allowed to stand so don't even think about it- the leftist strategy is after all 'if at first you don't succeed ...'.
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Thanks to Obamacare, politics is no longer an off-limits subject at work. And thanks to Obamacare, expressing a conservative viewpoint gets thoughtful consideration, not scorn and jokes. Thanks, Obama!
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I find it interesting that the journalist you mentioned, Judis, is a Marxist ideologue. In a free society, he get to say what he wants. In a Marxist society, he doesn't get to say what he wants. That is why is it is up to free men in a free society to stand for freedom, and not to give in.
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The irony meter blows up on John Judis and Ezra Klein, both of whom lament that the Obamacare disaster totally vindicates conservative/libertarian arguments against big government.

You'd think they'd notice something there.
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It is not so much a matter of practicality with people like that. It is a matter of ideology.
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Same mentality as warmists. You'd think they'd be happy, celebrating, that there has been such a slowdown, even reversal, in the dreaded heating up of mother Earth over the past 17 years.

But, when they can even bring themselves to acknowledge that little factoid, they are depressed as hell over it and scrambling to provide explanations.

A tenet of the faith isn't playing out the way they want and it drives them up the wall. (where they all belong)
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If your doctor gives you a diagnosis you don't like, get another doctor?

If a Marxist comes across a truth that doesn't fit the narrative...he will never scrap the narrative, he will simply replace the truth with a lie.
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