The Key to Defeating the Left: Fill the Blank in Phase Two!

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The Key to Defeating the Left: Fill the Blank in Phase Two!

As a gen­eral rule, I like being right. Whether in pol­i­tics, or when my child has “looked every­where and it’s not there,” or what­ever the occa­sion. It feels good to be right, espe­cially when some­body else is insist­ing over and over that I am wrong.

The bestest part is when an oppo­nent actu­ally real­izes his mis­take. Aware­ness dawns; the argu­ments trail off … oh the joy of that moment.

What a shame I haven’t been able to enjoy being right about Oba­macare. Vats of Schaden­freude are ready for drink­ing. It looks deli­cious, this Ger­man brew. Then the flood of painful sto­ries on the inter­net, as well as first-​hand accounts from friends, puts a damper on the mood.trainwreck

Also, I can’t stop won­der­ing. How will this play out? I’d love to assume that this train wreck will prove once and for all what a mon­u­men­tally bad idea it is for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to “fix” all soci­etal woes.

But of course that’s hardly a given. Via Peter, I see that Neo-​Neocon feels a sim­i­lar wari­ness:

We’re talk­ing belief here, and affil­i­a­tion of the deep­est sort. Self-​image and self-​worth. I can’t quite imag­ine most of the peo­ple I know turn­ing their backs on lib­er­al­ism — or even, really, on Obama, more than feel­ing just a mild diminu­tion of admi­ra­tion — as a result of this.”

A friend recently sent me an elated mes­sage about how her die-​hard-​liberal mom was now Offi­cially Dis­il­lu­sioned with Obama. That’s prac­ti­cally a mir­a­cle itself, but here’s the thing. In order for the story to be a suc­cess, her mom can’t just be dis­il­lu­sioned with one politi­cian. She has to under­stand the fact that fed­eral bureau­cra­cies shouldn’t con­trol gigan­tic swathes of our economy.

If it were just a mat­ter of web­site glitches, the media would be able to stay in protect-​the-​president mode. But “you can keep your plan” and “we will save you money” went straight into the toi­let. And things will con­tinue to worsen. So in order to pre­serve their beliefs, lib­er­als will have to blame Pres­i­dent Obama.

Bill Clin­ton has already demon­strated how to throw Obama under the bus. This edi­to­r­ial is another exam­ple. The edi­to­r­ial board is reduced to writ­ing things like:

With his pres­i­dency in grave peril, Pres­i­dent Obama had lit­tle choice .…”

Watch out for those buses, Mr. Pres­i­dent. And notice how the under­ly­ing belief in a total­i­tar­ian sys­tem remains unshaken:

No doubt, this is an ugly chap­ter in the long march toward uni­ver­sal cov­er­age. But a return to the bad old days would be worse.”

Ah ha. The long march toward uni­ver­sal cov­er­age. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are in lock­step. The Pres­i­dent says he isn’t, but pre­vi­ously said he was. Per­haps the Pres­i­dent knew all along that Oba­macare would fail, and in the midst of the cri­sis he intends to usher in a uni­ver­sal, sin­gle payer system.

If that is the case, it appears that imple­men­ta­tion of the Oba­macare fail­ure is not going accord­ing to plan.

Hmm. What exactly was the plan? So far, it looks about as well-​conceived as the under­wear gnomes’ plan for profit: underwear gnome

  • Phase One: Imple­ment Obamacare
  • Phase Two: ?
  • Phase Three: Uni­ver­sal Coverage!

Poor plan­ning notwith­stand­ing, we may get there. After all, how much of a stretch is it to imag­ine the United States nation­al­iz­ing the health­care indus­try, when you con­sider these facts:

We long ago social­ized edu­ca­tion. We’ve prac­ti­cally social­ized home mort­gages. We’re will­ing to social­ize car man­u­fac­tur­ing losses. We’ve accepted the social­iza­tion of big bank losses. We’re well on our way to social­iz­ing even groceries .…”

But even that rather pes­simistic arti­cle doesn’t explain Phase Two. How do the Democ­rats sell a gov­ern­ment takeover of health­care in the after­math of an Oba­macare failure?

The Democ­rats assumed they didn’t have to plan that part. They thought the argu­ments against insur­ance com­pa­nies and in favor of fur­ther gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tion would write themselves.

Oop­sies.

In my adult expe­ri­ence, I have never seen gov­ern­ment malfea­sance laid so bare. Charles Krautham­mer is right; a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity exists.

We just have to keep ham­mer­ing away at the lies (or bro­ken promises, or mis­spo­ken words, or what­ever works best for your audi­ence). Most impor­tantly, we have to hold all Oba­macare advo­cates’ feet to the fire, not just the President’s.

If the pain of Oba­macare is as big and bad as I think it will be, maybe we don’t have to con­vert the die-​hard lib­er­als, any­way. If there are still enough peo­ple out there snooz­ing their way past pol­i­tics, maybe the pain will finally wake them up.

We can fill in Phase Two, and turn the plan into this:

  • Phase One: Imple­ment Obamacare
  • Phase Two: Hold Oba­macare Advo­cates Respon­si­ble for its Myr­iad Failures
  • Phase Three: Repeal Oba­macare and Imple­ment Real Free Mar­ket Solutions!

Out­stand­ing. All we need now is a deck of cards.

As a general rule, I like being right.  Whether in politics, or when my child has “looked everywhere and it’s not there,” or whatever the occasion.  It feels good to be right, especially when somebody else is insisting over and over that I am wrong.

The bestest part is when an opponent actually realizes his mistake.  Awareness dawns; the arguments trail off . . . oh the joy of that moment.

What a shame I haven’t been able to enjoy being right about Obamacare.  Vats of Schadenfreude are ready for drinking.  It looks delicious, this German brew.  Then the flood of painful stories on the internet, as well as first-hand accounts from friends, puts a damper on the mood.trainwreck

Also, I can’t stop wondering.  How will this play out?  I’d love to assume that this train wreck will prove once and for all what a monumentally bad idea it is for the federal government to “fix” all societal woes.

But of course that’s hardly a given.  Via Peter, I see that Neo-Neocon feels a similar wariness:

“We’re talking belief here, and affiliation of the deepest sort.  Self-image and self-worth.  I can’t quite imagine most of the people I know turning their backs on liberalism—or even, really, on Obama, more than feeling just a mild diminution of admiration—as a result of this.”

A friend recently sent me an elated message about how her die-hard-liberal mom was now Officially Disillusioned with Obama.  That’s practically a miracle itself, but here’s the thing.  In order for the story to be a success, her mom can’t just be disillusioned with one politician.  She has to understand the fact that federal bureaucracies shouldn’t control gigantic swathes of our economy.

If it were just a matter of website glitches, the media would be able to stay in protect-the-president mode.  But “you can keep your plan” and “we will save you money” went straight into the toilet.  And things will continue to worsen.  So in order to preserve their beliefs, liberals will have to blame President Obama.

Bill Clinton has already demonstrated how to throw Obama under the busThis editorial is another example.  The editorial board is reduced to writing things like:

“With his presidency in grave peril, President Obama had little choice  . . . .”

Watch out for those buses, Mr. President.  And notice how the underlying belief in a totalitarian system remains unshaken:

“No doubt, this is an ugly chapter in the long march toward universal coverage. But a return to the bad old days would be worse.”

Ah ha.  The long march toward universal coverage.  Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are in lockstep.  The President says he isn’t, but previously said he was.  Perhaps the President knew all along that Obamacare would fail, and in the midst of the crisis he intends to usher in a universal, single payer system.

If that is the case, it appears that implementation of the Obamacare failure is not going according to plan.

Hmm.  What exactly was the plan?  So far, it looks about as well-conceived as the underwear gnomes’ plan for profitunderwear gnome

  • Phase One:  Implement Obamacare
  • Phase Two:  ?
  • Phase Three:  Universal Coverage!

Poor planning notwithstanding, we may get there.  After all, how much of a stretch is it to imagine the United States nationalizing the healthcare industry, when you consider these facts:

“We long ago socialized education. We’ve practically socialized home mortgages. We’re willing to socialize car manufacturing losses. We’ve accepted the socialization of big bank losses. We’re well on our way to socializing even groceries . . . .”

But even that rather pessimistic article doesn’t explain Phase Two.  How do the Democrats sell a government takeover of healthcare in the aftermath of an Obamacare failure?

The Democrats assumed they didn’t have to plan that part.  They thought the arguments against insurance companies and in favor of further government intervention would write themselves.

Oopsies.

In my adult experience, I have never seen government malfeasance laid so bare.  Charles Krauthammer is right; a tremendous opportunity exists.

We just have to keep hammering away at the lies (or broken promises, or misspoken words, or whatever works best for your audience).  Most importantly, we have to hold all Obamacare advocates’ feet to the fire, not just the President’s.

If the pain of Obamacare is as big and bad as I think it will be, maybe we don’t have to convert the die-hard liberals, anyway.  If there are still enough people out there snoozing their way past politics, maybe the pain will finally wake them up.

We can fill in Phase Two, and turn the plan into this:

  • Phase One:  Implement Obamacare
  • Phase Two:  Hold Obamacare Advocates Responsible for its Myriad Failures
  • Phase Three:  Repeal Obamacare and Implement Real Free Market Solutions!

Outstanding.  All we need now is a deck of cards.