By Stephen Z. Nemo:
In an appearance on Meet the Press, NBC host David Gregory put Nancy Pelosi on the hot seat. He ran a short clip from a 2009 interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz pertaining to a certain promise in regard to ObamaCare.
“It’s about choice,” said then Speaker of the House Pelosi of President Obama’s dictatorial health care bill. “If you like what you have, and you want to keep it [your private health insurance], you have the choice to do that.”
This led to a revealing exchange between Gregory and Pelosi:
Gregory: “Are you accountable for saying something that turned out not to be correct?”
Pelosi: “It’s not that it’s not correct, that if you want to keep it, and it’s important to say to people, ‘This is what your plan does.’ It doesn’t … ah … ah … prevent you from being discriminated against on the basis of pre-existing conditions. It doesn’t … ah … ah … its lifetime limits, annual limits …”
Gregory: “There’s a bottom line to this, which I think people understand, and the president has acknowledged, which is: the government has decided there have to be minimum requirements in any health care plan. So, if you have something, and you like it, and it doesn’t meet what the government says you have to have, you cannot keep it. That’s not what you said here.”
Pelosi: “If you had your plan before the enactment of the law in 2010 … if you had your plan before, there is nothing in the law that says you have to … but, you know, again, we can go back and forth on this …”
Gregory: “The bottom line is the president has acknowledged … it doesn’t seem you are acknowledging … that saying to people back in 2009, ‘Hey, this is going to be easy. If you like what you have, you can keep it. This is all about choice …’”
Pelosi: “You could … you could … and … and … if you had your plan until the enactment of the law in 2000 … any pre … grandfathering is for this before 2000 … but let me say this … and I commend the president. He’s … ah … gracious and he’s taking responsibility, but that doesn’t mean that there was anything in the law that said, ‘If you like what you had before 2010 you couldn’t keep it.’ I think it’s really important to make that point. He took responsibility for the big picture and that’s important for him to do, because that’s what people see.”
That’s right sister, “That’s what people see.” The “big picture” Nancy speaks of was ramming a draconian and expensive government-run health care system down the throats of the American people by any means necessary. The instrument of this particular coup d’état was not a military faction seizing power on behalf of its fearless leader, merely a big lie.
The lie was the ammunition. Soft-headed Americans were the weapons. They elected the liar in the White House twice.
And here is the point: Obama and Pelosi lie so easily because for them there is but one objective truth – power. Anything outside that realm is relative; an expedient to meet the demands of the moment, what some in the media referred to as “situational ethics” during the scandal-plagued Clinton presidency.
It reminds me of a scene in the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Self-made steel magnate Hank Rearden is under attack by the US government’s Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources. Determined to drive him out of business, a Washington Czar sends a young bureaucrat to oversee Rearden’s compliance with government regulations.
In a conversation with Rearden, the sniveling bureaucrat plies his regulatory victim with one politically-correct bromide after another, all in an effort to justify the dictatorial whims of Washington. After every empty statement, Rearden asks the youthful government regulator, “Why?” Each challenge forces the bureaucrat dangerously close to acknowledging the truth: raw power is the ultimate goal of unbound government.
“You know, Mr. Reardon, there are no absolute standards,” says the bureaucrat in a last defense of government lies, “We can’t go by rigid principles. We’ve got to be flexible. We’ve got to adjust to the reality of the day and act on the expediency of the moment.”
“Run along, punk,” says Rearden dismissively, “Go and try to pour a ton of steel without rigid principles – on the expedience of the moment.”
You see, truth is a “rigid principle.” Truth and dishonest power grabs are mutually exclusive.
Getting back to ObamaCare, the president’s big lie forced a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, the New York Times, to print an editorial stating that Obama merely “misspoke” when he promised that if you liked your current health care plan, “You can keep it.” The editorial was a feeble attempt to limit damage caused by the lie specifically to a lame duck president.
However, it is no mistake that Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party politicians and its organizers used the exact dishonest talking point to convince the public that a government takeover of one-sixth of the US economy was to the benefit of the American people. In other words, disseminating the lie was a Democratic Party effort.
Pelosi’s fumbling attempt to explain away her party’s big lie is encapsulated in the words of Ayn Rand’s fictional bureaucrat: “We’ve got to adjust to the reality of the day and act on the expediency of the moment.” The first big step in the outright confiscation of the US economy by a major US political party required an equally big lie … in the name of expediency.
A love of liberty, not to mention self respect, requires Americans, in the words of Hank Rearden, to tell the party of dictatorial lies: Run along, punks. Go and try to build a nation without rigid principles, on the expedience of the moment, elsewhere — not in America.