Opinion from Professor Laura
The unveiling of the dictatorial
debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on
so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching
millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in
Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our
Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.
The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry
Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health
care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it.
They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of
dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal,
and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They
announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and
we allow it.
Where is your spine, America?
Yes, I know people are complaining. I
read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So
what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain.
People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as
doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear
sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way
things are. Too bad.
Perhaps you need reminding of a few
important facts. Here goes:
1. The President is not a king
Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official,
someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a
dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the
force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement
when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we?
And while he moves steadily “forward”
with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in
human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities,
like “free birth control pills”! (In fact, let’s face it: this
administration’s odd obsession with sex in general - Birth control!
Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! -- is just plain
weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about
how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when
they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself
2. It isn’t just a failed software
program; it is a failed philosophy
People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure.
Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve
explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is
that it isn’t a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a
I have said this before: Obama is not
a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the
disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted,
the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s
money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and
doctors) -- IS what central planning looks like.
The central premise of central
planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at
heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The
failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from
the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders,
potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same
imperial impulses: “we know what is good for ‘the people.’
And they are always wrong.
There is a reason that the only times
communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or
coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing
to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the
Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of
the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy
size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the
But communism’s watered-down cousin,
socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet
paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución!
Contrary to what so many who believe
in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely
understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit
government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the
Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your
behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and
3. Obama is deceitful
Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone,
neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his
healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few
years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The
philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics.
(Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told
reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.”
He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic
records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein,
that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell
Did Obama lie when he said dozens of
times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it”? Of course he did. That’s
what he does.
4. The media is responsible
And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of
this much, much earlier.
The press is charged with the sacred
responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government.
Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted
this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would
have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for
more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the
fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious,
Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying - or any of the other myriad
betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed,
Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact which
even the Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas!
Instead, they turned a blind eye, even
when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of
the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the
lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could
figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the
face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, the New York Times has
the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have
betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.
5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah
The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a
disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of
necessity, will be a disaster, too.
Millions of people have lost their
individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their
employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also
knew, and admitted elsewhere).
The exorbitant additional costs that
Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan
of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it
will not end there.
When the numbers of people into the
system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost
projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will
start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will
go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the
Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read
“paid for”) and what will not.
That’s just a death panel, put
politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for
acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie
that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or
unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the
deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than
the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s
helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your
end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)
6. We are not SUBJECTS (or, Nice Try,
the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away) We have tolerated these incursions into
our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the
insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today
it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care.
Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take
over other aspects of our formerly free lives.
I will say it again: WE ARE NOT
SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it
appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to
prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea
Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people
missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.
The 2014 elections are a good place to
start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell
them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL”
isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”