|I Ache for a President That Loves America||Liberals Getting the Politics Wrong|
by Christopher Chantrill
October 28, 2013 at 12:00 am
CONSERVATIVES are all shouting delighted fiascos at the pathetic debut of Obamacare. Like the chaps at La Scala we take equal delight in an utter fiasco as in a glorious trionfo.
But I do not feel any lift from the disaster.
It is, after all, ordinary American women that are getting sold down the river by the fundamental transformations of President Obama. This is not right. This is America and we honor our women.
Health care is a girl thing; you can tell that by the “care” in health care, and the debacle of Obamacare hits women right where they live. It can’t be funny that all the careful plans of our womenfolk are being dashed to the ground by the transformative folly of our first black president.
President Obama made at least five specific promises about Obamacare, and women live by the promises of the men they trust. But all five promises turned out to be cynical lies. Here they are, courtesy of Christopher J. Conover at the Weekly Standard:
Looking at the promises in the cold light of day it seems obvious why Candidate and President Obama had to make them. Without those promises Obamacare would have died in the womb. That’s because, as Conover writes, while Americans are all in favor of “universal health insurance” in the abstract, they just aren’t willing to reach into their pockets and pay for it.
In short, pursuit of universal health care was either a fool’s errand (from a political standpoint) or would require the wool to be pulled over the eyes of the American public.
In Barack Obama, reformers found a candidate willing and able to rise to the occasion.
In most American politicians there exists tucked away in a secret corner of their hearts a grudging commitment to truth, justice, and the American Way that prevents them from committing the mega-deception that the selling of Obamacare required. But Barack Obama, leftist and anti-colonialist, was willing to do it, was wanting to do it, was waiting to do it.
The question, of course, is what happens now? Is the sinking of the SS Obamic going to echo down the decades as the political disaster of the century that changed US politics forever? Or will it turn out just to be the “glitch” that our MSM masters want us to believe?
The answer lies in the hearts of the women betrayed by Obama, the women whose carefully considered health care arrangements have been busted up, the kind of women telling their health plan cancellation stories in this post at the Matt Walsh Blog. Will they call the wayward president to account for his lies, or will they submit to his patriarchal power as women have done down the ages, from hapless Briseis to the wily Scheherazade to the famous feminist that Jean-Paul Sartre existentially treated like a doormat: Simone de Beauvoir?
Forget about our brave conservative women. Don’t worry about the “Julias.” It’s ordinary middle-class women that I’m wondering about, the non-political women that just want their families to have a good health plan, one that they like and one that they can keep.
So what happens next? Do Republicans learn to message and trot out the sobbing mothers of autistic children that had their premiums tripled and their deductibles doubled? Does it all end up as a Republican Congress in 2014 and a Republican president in 2016?
Maybe. But think back to 2008 and the TARP bailout and the Obamic fundamental transformation: they provoked tens of thousands of women to start the Tea Party. Keli Carender was one of the first right here in Seattle. Now, of course, she’s graduated into the semi-establishment Tea Party Patriots.
Suppose that right now, all across the nation, there are Healthcare Moms starting to talk to their friends about their canceled health plans. Suppose by next month they are starting to do something about it. Suppose by next spring they are starting to get active in Republican Party races.
The Republican Party doesn’t operate by top-down messaging like the Democratic Party. It gets taken over every decade or so by some bottom-up groundswell. That’s because the Republican Party is the party of the People of the Responsible Self. Responsible people don’t wait for the ruling class to get around to sending a community organizer down to their neighborhood.
When they get sold down the river responsible people figure it’s their job to start paddling and make a difference. Especially the women.
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[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
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[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable...
[1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006
No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, Letter to Lord Lytton
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
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Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel