Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Risk of Infection

Reading Ann Coulter's latest article, on the lies that liberals tell about Healthcare; getting into the spirit Ann Coulter doesn't play it exactly strait herself. She writes about the suggestion that illegal aliens will not be covered under the new plan and argues that, of course, they will be covered under the new plan. So Obama is lying when he says they won't be.

Of course Obama isn't lying; she merely restructured the question. President Obama is saying that the new plan isn't intended to cover illegal aliens. She pretends that that means Obama is guaranteeing that there will be no illegal aliens getting healthcare under this plan. Well, there's no way that Obama can guarantee that.

It's kind of like how Obama apparently promised that his election would end all racial divisiveness and then we still have racial divisiveness. The pretended promise is set so high as to be impossible for any mortal to live up to.

Then there is this bit.
Liberals never, ever drop a heinous idea; they just change the name. "Abortion" becomes "choice," "communist" becomes "progressive," "communist dictatorship" becomes "people's democratic republic" and "Nikita Khrushchev" becomes "Barack Obama."

It doesn't matter if liberals start calling national health care a "chocolate chip puppy" or "ice cream sunset" -- if the government is subsidizing it, then the government calls the shots.
Hence the title of this post; even the slightest move towards liberalism is, for Ann Coulter and many conservatoids, the equivalent of enacting the entire liberal/leftist/socialist/communist platform. Because then you see we have our foot in the door. You give us an inch and we'll destroy your whole society. Or such is the demented way many conservatives think.

Liberals are perhaps too willing to compromise (which is why the Public option seems to be dead) and conservatives are totally unwilling. Or, to put it another way, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity."


Anonymous said...

Yeah, principle is funny like that. Apparently the Liberals don't want to give an inch on their precious Public "OPTION" (ahem...). Let me see if I can address this as visually as possible. A simple analogy might be that of a beautiful stew. All the ingredients that one might hope for, served up where 85% of the party is QUITE pleased with the meal. But, someone, supposing to speak for the 15% who simply don't find stew on their list of favorites, decides that the missing ingredient is a cockroach. Now, they're not suggesting that the ENTIRE STEW is cockroach stew. Only that cockroach is IN the stew. That way, when you dip into the stew, if you happen to get cockroach and that's not your choice, you can put that back for someone else and choose to have what you are accustomed to.

The liberal wants there to be something in the stew for everyone. The conservative understands that some things you can put in the stew, though only a limited percentage of the whole, will RUIN THE WHOLE.

Bryant said...

Very good analogy, in that it's good at illustrating the Conservative Mindset. Compromising with liberalism in any degree is like eating a cockroach.

It does kind of imply that working with conservatives is a waste of time. I wish Obama hadn't tried to get bi-partisanship on this particular issue, since it's clear that there is no way to work with Republicans/Conservatives on this issue without abandoning any hope of real improvement on the issue.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Conservatism is essentially a reactionary philosophy opposed to change. Republicans oppose any change to the current health care insurance system because the insurers are paying them to do so. At the same time, Republcans can pander to conservatives by appearing to oppose reform out of ideological integrity.