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The Shallowness of a Demagogue: A Fishy Analysis

August 8th, 2009 by Chuck · 9 Comments · Politics

In his weekly radio address today, President Obama assailed the critics of the current efforts at health care reform:

And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. That’s simply not true.

Ok, the reader of the transcript or listener to the speech thinks to himself.  He’s going to show how the proposed legislation will not lead to all the evil things that the critics are claiming it will.  Unfortunately, they will read on or listen in vain.  No evidence is given.  President Obama evidently believes it is enough to have said: “That simply isn’t true.”  Because he said so. 

The next five minutes of the six minute address are mostly given over to demonizing the insurance companies, and explaining all the unfunded mandates he hopes to foist upon them, and all the things he will force them to do, or not do:

We’ll require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care . . .

We’ll stop insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history . . .

With reform, insurance companies will also have to limit how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses.  And we will stop insurance companies from placing arbitrary caps on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year, or a lifetime . . .

But government isn’t taking over health care.  The President ended with statements about those who are trying to politicize the health care debate:

There are those who are focused on the so-called politics of health care; who are trying to exploit differences or concerns for political gain.  And that’s to be expected.  That’s Washington.  But let’s never forget that this isn’t about politics.  This is about people’s lives.  This is about people’s businesses.  This is about America’s future.  That’s what’s at stake.

Indeed!  America’s future is at stake.  And the President wants that future to be socialist, with individual rights tossed overboard.  This isn’t about politics, Mr. President?  Think again.  As long as health care is left to individuals in a free market, it is not about politics.  But it is you, Mr. President, who are politicizing health care, by forcing the health care industry to become an arm of the government, in all but name.  Who do you think you’re kidding?

9 Comments so far ↓

  • Myrhaf

    This post is fishy as hell. Chuck, you need to accept the words of our leader on faith, with subjecting them to reason, which is unpatriotic. Don’t be critical, and don’t ask for evidence. Just obey.

  • Chuck

    That’s right. What was it our very own Dear Leader said just the other day?

    “But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

    He may have been talking about the financial crisis, but the point is the same: it was the government that created both the financial system crisis, and the health care crisis. But we’re the ones who have to shut up and get out of the way.

  • TW

    Obama is the archetype of narcissism. His thoughts don’t have to follow reality and reason. They define reality and reason because they *are* his thoughts. If you disagree with anything he says, does, or plans to do, you are obviously the one who is out of touch. Out of touch with the greatness of his dream which he dreamed up and wove together out of hairs from unicorns’ tails.

  • Mike N

    Good post on his demagoguery and narcissism. He is the perfect product of today’s pragmatism. He uses words, even entire narratives, expecting them to have the same reality creating effect he thinks they have in his own mind. For example, when he said “That is not true” he isn’t concerned about what really is true. Since he believes that reality is created in the minds of everyone, he simply wants to create his reality in the minds of listeners. But reality according to what standard? His feelings. These in turn are derived from his values.

    So the question becomes what would a man like this have to value, and disvalue, in order to operate the way he does. He’s already proven that he places a very high value on the efficacy of initiatory force, and a very low value on freedom from initiatory force.

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