"[W]hen you are a radical, what you are thinking of is power. It’s about power. You adopt this position. You take up that issue, but it’s all to advance the power. They never think about what it’s going to look like or how to put it together.
I can tell you, a radical never spends five seconds on thinking what makes a society work. That’s not the way they work. They want to know, you know, what they can get away with to advance this big agenda, which is you get power and you change everything."
So, a couple of observations:
First: Left leadership doesn't believe Obamacare will provide healthcare which will make Americans healthier and which will help Americans live longer. The left is about gaining power over that 1/6 of the U.S. economy. "[W]hen you are a radical, what you are thinking of is power. It’s about power."
Americans who oppose Obamacare, including myself, have often forgotten the point. We keep arguing something like:
Obamacare is insanity. It will increase suffering and death.
We ought equally be arguing something like:
Dems want government to gain power over an additional 1/6 of the American economy; Dems are trying to further eliminate protections and freedoms which are gifted to U.S. citizens in the U.S. Constitution; Dems are trying to further press the weight of American Government upon American citizens.
Cartoon: Liberty vs. Serfdom.
Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, says Obamacare is "Gangster government at its worst." She's digging towards the core. Few Dem Congresspersons believe Obamacare will alleviate suffering and delay death. That's not what its about for them.
BTW: Michelle Bachmann is getting slandered like there's no tomorrow. Why? Is she some incompetent extremist who is bad for America and decent society? No. It's because they fear her. She's attractive. She's a wild card who speaks some inconvenient truth. The left prefers Repubs who are cowed into issuing bland statements. They fear her.
I've been watching Bachmann for a while, looking for signs of extremism. Nothing exists. I like her. A lot. I'm now embarrassed that I bought the media spin and went looking for extremism. I ought have known better.
They say Hoffman is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Shoot, MICHELLE BACHMANN is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. She is great. This is a woman who has 5 children and 23 foster children. We need 435 of her in Congress. She's being slandered because they fear her.
Second, regarding today's elections:
The left are arguing that the right electorate are going extreme, are refusing to be moderate and reasonable, are being taken over by psychos. Right pundits are responding with logic - as if the left allegations are serious charges. These allegations are not serious charges. These allegations are mere labeling: are positioning to help the left win future elections and gain more power.
Everyone can see what happened in NY-23. Faced with a choice between a liberal and a liberal, a sizable portion of the electorate revolted. A sizable portion of the electorate wanted to vote for a conservative. This was not wacko pyscho extremism, except insofar as the left believe in or label conservatism itself as wacko psycho extremism.
That Repubs, today, will either win or come close to winning in VA, NJ, and NY-23 actually refutes the attempt to label either the candidates or the voters as psycho extremists.
NRO mocks left voices: nothing ever reflects upon President Obama!
Peter Wehner's Commentary Magazine commentary on Mr. Frank Rich of the NYT:
For most people, [NY-23] is an interesting intra-party skirmish with some potentially important political ramifications. But for Mr. Rich, it’s so much more than that. It’s going to set off a “riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war.” The northern district in New York “could become a G.O.P. killing field.” What’s going on there is evidence that “the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama.” And conservatives are “Jacobins” who are “re-enacting Stalinism in full purge mode.” And in case that was too subtle, they are “the Stalinists of the right.”
But Mr. Rich’s latest tantrum is an indication that conservatism, rather than being “dead,” is actually doing quite well. After all, if conservatism were as moribund as we’re told by Sam Tanenhaus and others – and if the Left was in the ascendancy – then the latter would presumably be in a relatively cheerful and celebratory mood, ignoring conservatives because they were irrelevant. Instead Rich and others on the Left are going around the twist because they sense that the political ground is shifting beneath their feet. Their political Messiah is turning out not only to be mortal but also deeply flawed. His policies are generating widespread and intense opposition.
At some point, I don't know when - probably after the 2012 election, maybe not until 2020 or 2030ish - the left is going to turn on Barack Obama with a vengeance. History will remember him as an incompetent. As a newsreader. As a weatherman (see that pun I threw in there!).
Here's why: the left still believes that big government works. Much of the left still believes communism works. All of the left believes Euro style democratic socialism works.
Historically, communism has never worked, and has often resulted in incredible atrocity. The Global Museum of Communism: "In less than 100 years, Communism has claimed over 100 million lives."
To much of the left, communism has not worked b/c of incompetent leadership. For them, the failure of communism amounts to a horribly inconvenient run of bad luck, i.e. a horribly inconvenient string of incompetent leaders. Much of the left still waits for a competent leader who will show the world how well communism works.
It's not so easy to see that Euro democratic socialism does not work. It's easy for us on the right to see it, yet history has not yet made things extremely clear to everyone else. European nations still benefit from being protected by the U.S. military, thus having to spend little national treasure on their own defense, and being freed up to spend that national treasure on social benefits. The inevitable societal and cultural stagnations of Euro socialism are underway, but are not yet perfectly clear to most Europeans, nor to the American left which lionizes Euro socialism.
Therefore, the failure of democratic socialist policies in the U.S. will not be blamed on the intellectual barrenness of socialism, but on the incompetence of the leader who failed: Barack Obama.
The left will excoriate Barack Obama b/c they must have a scapegoat. If it's not Barack Obama's fault, then it is the fault of democratic socialism - which cannot be! Think like a left person:
OF COURSE democratic socialism is the only equitable and humane form of government. EVERYBODY knows that. If you don't know that, you are a hater.
Therefore, it will become Barack Obama's fault. Left persons will have only two choices: blame Barack, or convert themselves into free market, small government right wingers. Most left persons will not convert. Therefore, Barack will become an incompetent clown. The left will shred him. Shred. Like spurned lovers. I don't know how soon it will happen, but it will happen.