We’ve all had time now to digest Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire, and my guess is most of us have a bad case of indigestion. He’s on the campaign trail again, selling his healthcare snake oil, try his best to convince you that unless this passes (and it must be passed now before it’s too late) the apocalypse is sure to come and all will be lost.
Why the need for the convincing and the happy talk? Why do I feel like he’s trying to sell me a car that’s a lemon. “This care and you were made for each other, can you feel it? Times like this come once in a lifetime, just sign here…” Why not just sit there, bill in hand, and say, “Here’s what people are saying… here’s why that is not true.” Why haven’t the members of Congress done that? Why do we need to be sold on anything in this bill? If it’s so great, shouldn’t we be able to see that for ourselves; see that it’s going to bring the planets into alignment and all will be well in the world? Despite what Bill Maher says, I don’t think America is a stupid country, I think it’s a trusting one. Most people would like to believe that our leaders have their best interests at heart and have totally checked out of the entire republican process (and I use that term it it’s original meaning). Now that people are waking up and educating themselves, finally understanding that the government cannot be blindly trusted, there’s more than just a little static coming the President’s way.
In the midst of all the static and the outrage displayed at all the townhall meetings, Obama offers us this bright and shiny piece of what Michelle Malkin calls, “kabuki theater” (and I couldn’t agree more). Forget the fact that everyone in the room was “randomly” picked by some White House computer program. Put aside the fact that no one, not a single person offered any real resistance to what Obama was saying. This might as well have been another campaign rally. Put that little girl that asked the question about the “mean signs about reform and healthcare” and you’ve got the cherry on top. Forgot to ask you to forget about the fact that her mom is an ardent supporter and financial contributor to Obama’s campaign. As one clever commentator wrote, “More plants there than “The Home Depot” Garden Center.”
Of course, this is the man who offered us transparency and honesty. With one breath he asks you to hold him accountable and the next tells you to shut up and get out of the way so he can clean up your mess. He says he is for a single-payer healthcare plan (2003, 2007); now he says he’s not… and he never was. No one will have their healthcare rationed but perhaps it would be better for grandma to just take painkillers rather than have that pacemaker put it. He says the recession is over yet the Fed just monetized our debt by printing more money and we’re still losing jobs like crazy. This man is clearly out of touch with not only the American public, he’s out of touch with reality.
I’ve never quoted Woodrow Wilson before, but when I read this yesterday I couldn’t help but notice his notion of government involvement in the lives of citizens was not only wonderful but totally absent in Obama’s philosophy of governance…
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
It seems obvious now that the goal is to create a new reality. One in which the state controls every aspect of our lives. And when someone tries to take your liberty, it is not only your right; it is your duty to stand up and do everything you can to retain it. This is no longer a debate of ideas, these decisions directly impact your life and freedom. It’s time to get in the fight and get your hands dirty. If you’re already in the trenches, I thank you.