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October 22, 2007
God Help Us if the Democrats Actually
Believe the Things They Say
President Bush's veto of a bill expanding the State Children's Health
Insurance Program (SCHIP) was upheld in a House vote last week, and the
reaction to it as well as the tactics and rhetoric used during the fight
illustrate the extent to which Democrats are unable to simply state what
they are for and defend it on the merits. Outright lies and the
exploitation of children for emotional manipulation is all the Democrats
have to offer anymore, it seems.
Democrats continue to lie even after President Bush's veto of the
program was upheld, portraying a health care program for which
25-year-olds and families making $82,000 a year are eligible as for
"poor children." (In my home state of Minnesota, the vast majority of
the program participants are able-bodied childless adults. One estimate
pegged the total at 87 percent!)
Then they insist that these fictional "poor children" will go without
due to the veto, when the program still exists and was always going to.
The only thing stopped was a funding increase. And to top it off, they
exploit a young boy, traipsing him out in front of TV cameras to read a
statement he couldn't possibly have written himself blaming Bush for his
"suffering" never mind that this "poor" child got his care covered by
taxpayers through the program while his parents owned properties worth
six figures each and three SUVs, and that the outcome of this vote would
not have affected him in the slightest.
Not a November election day goes by without public school districts
trying to manipulate more money out of taxpayers. They always threaten,
often in near-apocalyptic tones, to cut programs unless funding is
increased. But if those programs' existence is dependent on increased
funds, how can they exist right now when those proposed funds do not
yet? Because they're not dependent at all. Teachers unions are just
blackmailing people, using a scary-sounding lie of "poverty" and hiding
behind children-as-victims once more. Give us more of your money, or
we'll terminate a program that otherwise is operating just fine on
Democrats have offered resolution after
resolution and made one despicable remark after another denigrating the
troops and their commander-in-chief, all in hopes of placating their
far-left base. Yet they have not changed the substance one iota. They
have the power to cut off funding if they really want, but are too
afraid to exercise that option. Full funding thus remains intact, and
the situation continues on as it otherwise would. Democrats are trying
to pull off a double-whammy of dishonesty here: Fool their rabid base
into thinking they've done something to end the war when they have not
so as to keep them onboard (and giving campaign cash), while fooling the
citizenry into thinking Iraq was just fine and dandy before we got
involved and will instantly revert to that condition if we just leave.
Perhaps the epitome of this delusion was uttered by Rep. Pete Stark on
the House floor recently during the SCHIP debate: "You don't have money
to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up
innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to
send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's
amusement." Putting aside for the moment his calumny of the president by
saying he finds soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice amusing, does
Stark really think that Iraq is full of nothing but innocent
people? If so, he's been nipping at that Bay Area hippie weed a little
I'm not sure which possibility is more disturbing: That a party is
capable of going to the pathetically desperate length of using children
as political human shields, or that a party has become so pathological
it actually believes its own fiction. And logically, one of these must
be the case. Democrats say this stuff either as a con job, or because
they actually think it the truth.
some respects, I hope it's the former. Democrats know they can't get
elected if they just come out and say they want government-run health
care and education and to cut and run from Iraq. So they bury that truth
in an avalanche of phony propaganda, making their opposition "evil" and
providing "victims" ready-made for TV cameras. That's just typical
politics, albeit of the gutter.
it's the latter, and Democrats actually believe their own talking points
then the stakes are far higher. For we are then faced with a party
that lacks the basic grasp of reality that is a fundamental prerequisite
for holding power. It's the equivalent of jumping of a cliff while
denying it exists. No matter how well-meaning the leap, the consequences
are inevitably lethal. And until the mind is open to at least the
possibility of a cliff being real, one should not and indeed cannot be
let anywhere near the mountain.
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