The Democrats have decided to continue demonizing the opposition to their health care bill, even though a majority of voters are against them. Harry Reid called town hall protesters evil-mongers, whatever that means. (They are stirring up evil? Calling forth demons?) James Clyburn, the third most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, recalls the civil rights era:
“I have seen this kind of hate before. I have seen this discussion before,” he said. “I have seen snarling dogs going after people who were trying to peacefully assemble. I have seen the eyes of people who were being spat upon.”
“This is all about activity trying to deny the establishment of a civil right. And I do believe that health care for all is — a civil right,” the House Majority Whip argued. “And I think that is why you see this kind of activity. This is an attempt on the part of some to deny the establishment of a civil right.”
Liberal pollster Nate Silver predicts a 20-50 seat loss for the Democrats in the House and anywhere from a one-seat gain to a six-seat loss in the Senate.
Jim Geraghty speculates that the Democrats might vote ObamaCare through even though Democrats in the House and Senate are likely to suffer in the 2010 election.
Let’s call it the Götterdämmerung Option. They’ll do it even if it means they all go down in flames. The Democrats have wanted socialized medicine for a long, long time, and maybe they’ll go for it even if it means the party suffers in the short term.
They’ll do it because, by their morality of altruism, it’s the right thing to do. The left is certain it has the moral high ground, which also makes them certain that their opponents are immoral.
The religious conservatives are ultimately helpless against the moral argument. Ed Schultz brings up the moral angle by arguing that Jesus would be for ObamaCare. (Amusingly, the two liberal preachers in this clip seem more informed and less enthusiastic about the health care bill than Mr. Schultz.)
Not only is socialized medicine altruistic, but it fits their long-term goals of reshaping America as a European welfare state and bringing capitalism under state control. As American history over the last century shows, once a state program starts, it stays; “entitlements” never go away. The hapless Republicans couldn’t even get rid of the Carter’s Departments of Energy and Education when Reagan was elected.
Socialized medicine would be a huge change in America, bigger than Johnson’s Great Society program. It’s a massive extension of state control over the individual. It’s everything altruist-collectivist-statist politicians long for. And they’re so close; to let victory slip from their hands when they have all the power in our federal government would be terribly demoralizing. The Democrat politicians have struggled for it all their lives, their base wants it, and their morality demands it. The only thing standing in their way are the greedy masses whose minds have been perverted by the almighty dollar and the propaganda of the corporate oligarchy. The state must take over health care for these right-wing idiots’ own good.
And one last thought: the party leadership comes from safe liberal districts, so they might be thinking that the loss of Blue Dog Democrat seats is a price worth paying. They’re probably sick of those moderate hicks anyway. For the Pelosis and Franks, it’s not such a sacrifice — a Götterdämmerung they can survive.