FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Why, Oh Why Did America Take The Blue Pill?
I know what you’re thinking, ’cause right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here. Why, oh why didn’t I take the blue pill? – Cypher Reagan.
Well, all of us that ever became pathetically addicted to the movie The Matrix know exactly what happened after Cypher got his wish and Agent Smith fed him a blue pill. He betrayed his country, and nearly ruined everything good and decent, so that an army of militant computer programs could wipe out humanity. Barack Obama’s presidency hasn’t proven that baneful yet, but the poor guy has only been in office for seven months. We should be fair-minded and give him more time.
Hyperbolic sci-fi (even really cool hyperbolic sci-fi) aside, 52% of America took The Blue Pill last November, and the wheel remains in spin. Though current events have fallen into jumbled flux, as is often the case when the best laid plans of anyone collide with reality, one constant driver of the Democratic Party’s ambitions has crystallized – their ineffable lust for power.
The Democrats demand the centralization of power. The promises they bandied so freely during the silly season of campaigning are all negotiable. They remain liable for betrayal in furtherance of that overdetermining directive. They will have power. They will assume control.
“What is the Matrix? Control.” – Morpheus
To look at what the Democrats actually propose is to see their lust for unbridled control. This autocratic overdrive stands revealed in the hard black and white print of legislation before the houses of Congress. The Democratic Party’s domineering contempt for limited government became blindly obvious during the debate over Cap and Trade Legislation.
The plan started out featuring a hard cap on CO2 emissions, coupled with a market-based plan to distribute pollution permits via auction. This lasted about a day. The Democrats writing the bill in The House of Representatives swiftly moved to assign permits by industry. This authoritarian power grab occurred under the benevolent aegis of supporting “the little guy” or “the farmer” on behalf of the commonweal.
By the time these pork-mongers finished showering The Fruited Plain with their benevolence, the House Bill on Global Warming could more accurately be described as Cap and Command. Eighty-Five percent of the pollution permits are now assigned by Congressional fiat. Beneath this cloak of Noblesse Oblige, the Democrats in Congress have now proposed making the right of an industrial concern to continue in business another earmark to be bestowed upon firms in good favor with their Congressional Representative.
How much will that good favor cost? Predictably, there hasn’t been any word prior to legislative action on Cap and Trade in The Senate. For now, the mailed fist of political power remains hidden.
So what tactics get employed to make Americans willing submit to this obviously feudal legislative takeover of the goods and services of the American economy? It’s good, old-fashioned fear-mongering and scapegoating. Barack Obama has mastered the iniquitous art of finding a Goldstein for his every imperial surjection; on behalf of the new American INGSOC. His efforts to support his floundering take over of the medical industy featured this dire warning about the Invasion of The Tonsil-Snatchers.
“You come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats,” President Obama explained at Wednesday’s press conference. “The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.’” – HT: Wall Street Journal.
Yep, and the oil companies will rip your lungs out if you don’t support Cap and Trade!
Of course, there are very few greedy physicians sharpening their scalpels on the whetstone and hoping Little Tommy gets strep throat next week. This sort of cheap defamation, for the sake of political agenda, undermines the fundamental confidence we as Americans have in our society. It’s almost as if President Obama was deliberately undermining America on behalf of his own crack-pot autocratic schemes.
And then there is the rather infamous propaganda machine pushing the Global Warming scheme. The sums of money spent of “science” that “conclusively proves” the existence of anthropogenic Global Warming would have been better spent converting hundreds of US power plants from coal to nuclear, solar or geothermal. The UK Telegraph points out the extent to which the government has purchased rigged science to further its desires to grab more power.
A new study by an Australian analyst, Joanne Nova, based on official figures (available at the website of the Science and Public Policy Institute), shows that since 1991 US federal spending alone on climate change has been $79 billion….Yet for all that money (along with countless billions more spent in Britain and elsewhere), “no one is able to point to a single piece of evidence that man-made carbon dioxide has a significant effect on global climate”.
Fortunately, the American people have belatedly realized that our current governing caste intends to take much of our individual freedom and many of our most important life decisions out of their hands. Peggy Noonan awakens from an approximately two-year long intellectual coma to point out the following.
Under a national health-care plan we might be hearing that a lot. You don’t exercise, you smoke, you drink, you eat too much, and “the rest of us have to pay for it.” It is a new opportunity for new class professionals (an old phrase that should make a comeback) to shame others, which appears to be one of their hobbies. (It may even be one of their addictions. Let’s stage an intervention.)
Every time I hear Kathleen Sebelius talk about “transitioning” from “treating disease” to “preventing disease,” I start thinking of how they’ll use this as an excuse to judge, shame and intrude. So this might be an unarticulated public fear: When everyone pays for the same health-care system, the overseers will feel more and more a right to tell you how to live, which simple joys are allowed and which are not.
So even Peggy Noonan can figure out this is about the Tyranny, Stupid! There perhaps remains hope because American electorates are allowed to choose between the Red Pill and the Blue Pill every two years. The Matrix, in America, does not run on a stable platform. The Framers of the US Constitution never intended for it to run at all. Our form of government is a Republic, if we can take it back. We’ll close with one more outtake from The Matrix.
Morpheus:…. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Nor do most Americans. In 2010, we can go to the polls and prove it. As long as we retain that right and that power, we can destroy The Obama matrix. When our illustrious president tells Granny to go take a pill, I highly recommend that she takes the Red one.