The tell-tale establishment heart [updated]
I meant to post yesterday on revelations that one of ObamaCare’s chief architects, during a panel discussion at U Penn (which esteemed Ivy League institution pulled the video after certain conservative activists uncovered it* — because intellectualism is a cloistered and precious thing, you see, and shouldn’t be broadcast to the braying masses, dim-witted mobs of phony self-sufficiency who couldn’t possibly suss out its nuances, a point some on the left have sought to reinforce today, to derisive snorts), literally seemed to brag about how a “stupid” American electorate, along with an arm of the government (the CBO), were both led astray by the language of the ObamaCare legislation, intended, it now appears, to problematize transparency in order to sneak the legislation through.
— Which, thanks, Justice Roberts!
But since Darleen already beat me to it, let me just repeat what I wrote about the subject in an email to geoff B, who tied this kind of brazen veil-dropping by leftist social engineers to the manufactured narrative of the Innocence Project that coerced a false confession in order to drive its anti-death penalty agenda, the ends justifying the means and all that: to wit, nothing the left does now surprises me. They’ve got their agenda all but permanently institutionalized (they believe) and on auto pilot, with reform out of reach by way of the ballot box.
Still, they can be beaten back. And the way to do that would be for the RNC to cut an advertisement that shows this smug jaggoff Gruber admitting that an already wildly unpopular — and soon to be more so, as lesser than expected enrollment figures force dramatic increases in premiums and deductibles — “signature” piece of Obama legislation was written precisely to fool them, to take advantage of their lack of political sophistication and to tout an intentional lack of transparency as a stroke of policy genius.
Boasting about the political efficacy of misinforming voters in a representative republic is akin to boasting about the relative ease of the velvet coup they “progressive” left has engaged in to overthrow it: that, after all, is what fundamental transformation is, and what it was always intended to be.
The GOP, in concert with this ad I believe should be cut, should, after all waivers expire, begin sending repeal bills to the President weekly, forcing him to veto and then justify his veto to an American public made newly and widely aware that they were not only lied to — but that the lying was part and parcel of the plan to get the legislation passed and institutionalized. I suspect such a campaign would put pressure on vulnerable Democrats and lead even to some crossover, turning repeal into a bipartisan cause.
This leaves Obama (and a sycophantic media whom people are beginning to see as protectors of the President, not antagonists of the powerful) alone on a political island: I suspect even many in the legacy media, relying on an intuitive imperative for self-preservation, will be loath to provide the President with too much cover, particularly after the effects of the unwieldy, unworkable, unconstitutional law are felt on a wider scale by the public.
Each time the repeal bill is passed and Obama vetoes it, the leadership from both Houses should call press conferences highlighting Obama’s obstructionism in service to a law one of its architects boasted only passed thanks to the stupidity of American voters and a concerted effort by those who drafted it to keep it confusing and to make its redistributive attributes as non-transparent as they could. They should note that sweeping GOP gains in the House and a comfortable control of the Senate — along with changes in governorships and state asssemblies favoring the GOP — represents a mandate to repeal the unpopular and financially devastating law, with many of those who unseated Democrats having run on the repeal of ObamaCare. They should refer time and time again to the denigration of the American electorate by one of the law’s main architects (who also was an architect of RomneyCare, for those of you who are interested in such things), and reprising the key phrases Gruber used, first, about the “stupidity of the American voter” and second, how a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” when trying to fool the electorate.
That none of this will happen is proof the GOP establishment has no plans to repeal the law, and that they’re own campaign promises were also lies. The truth is, many parts of this law benefit their business cronies; and having redefined the relationship between the citizen and the government, with the citizen now a subject, tremendous new institutionalized power rests with the governing elite, who now will vie for who controls the balance of power and so whose favorited constituencies get to benefit in any given governing cycle.
The GOP will tell us they need full power before they attempt repeal. And this is a strategic appeal: they feel they will be rewarded politically if the people suffer, and that’s all they care about.
It is already easy enough to tie ObamaCare to Hilary; so there’s no reason, politically, to wait. But wait they shall, passing a few show votes, attempting to repeal small bits of the law beneficial to their heaviest lobbyists (the medical device tax), and hoping that they’ll be swept into presidential power — holding the Senate — on the coat tails of Obama’s unpopularity.
— all of which is why a coalition of TEA party groups, conservative and free market groups, private health care professionals, and, say, the Senate Conservative Fund, should take up the burden and fight for repeal now in the way I’ve outlined. Not only is it the right thing to do, but from a “pragmatic” and tactical view, it would bolster the chances of constitutional conservative candidates in the 2016 presidential primaries.
The time to stop talking and start breaking through the wall of ignorance the media and the left cultivate as a way to control voters is here. The proof of their arrogance and disregard for representative republicanism is on full display in a clip that cannot be undercut by pomo revisionism or dismissed as “old news.”
Strike while the iron is hot. That is, assuming the goal really is to rid ourselves of this disastrous law.
update: read the comments section to the video, posted here. It appears that I and my stinking evil kike Hebe kind are the real villains in this saga. Nuke the Yids and all will be well.
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