Gary North, former staff economist for Ron Paul, has a blog called Tea Party Economist in which he posts links to current political and economic news. His latest posting carries an article on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that the Democrats will win in 2014 because they will stand solidly behind the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare. For those who don’t know, Ms. Schultz is the national chairwoman of the Democrat Party.Judging by the article’s comments and other reactions around the web Republicans and conservatives are having knee-slapping guffaws over her announcement. But they shouldn’t be in such a hurry to dismiss her words. There is a method to her seeming madness. You see she understands that the moral argument always wins over the practical argument. Her party and its sycophants in the media have been arguing that ObamaCare is a “moral imperative” and other moral platitudes. The Republicans have been confining themselves to the practical argument that ObamaCare doesn’t work and in doing so have conceded the moral high ground to the Democrats.
She further knows that Obama will present himself to the voting public in a very presidential way. He will campaign against all the disastrous results of the ACA and promise to fix or get fixed all the problems. The public will vote for his Party because they will still think it cares about them which caring they consider to be of uber importance. They will not see the Republican’s claim that ObamaCare is bad because it doesn’t work, as having no more moral importance than fixing a flat tire. They will go with the Dems.
Unless that is, the Republicans learn to retake the moral high ground from the Dems. It’s not that hard to do. For example, the next time a news anchor or politician or academic confronts a Republican with “you don’t care about the needy” or homeless or uninsured or whatever malady is in vogue this week, he should reply with something like “hurting the needy is a strange way to show you care for them” and then back it up with an explanation of how government policies do in fact hurt the needy. There are many variants on this theme, and the evidence for them is all over the place. Republicans must give up the notion that free markets are evil because they are greedy and selfish. To do that Republicans must learn that such concepts (greed and selfishness) are fraudulent concepts designed only to destroy rational self interest.
But before the Republicans can take back the moral argument they must learn that it is theirs for the taking. The Dems never had a right to it. To defend capitalism and free markets is to defend man’s unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and that this is the morally right thing to do.