Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Process Is Important

Joe Hicks at Pajamas Media recently posted an excellent article about Barack Obama's contradictory stances on the process of passing DemCare:

...when I watched Barack Obama's interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, I saw something that made me sit up and take notice. During the interview, President Obama stated:

I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.

What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if the people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform.  And I don't think we should pretend otherwise.

Let me get this straight. Obama is a Harvard-trained constitutional lawyer who once taught con law at the University of Chicago. Yet, here's this man, the president, saying: "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate."

Wait a minute — didn't this president have any constitutional concerns about the "procedure" involved in the strong-arm tactics that were employed to pass a government-run health care plan that amounts to a takeover of one-sixth of the nation's economy?

Even Democrats had grave concerns about the process to jam through a health care plan few Americans wanted. Democrat pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen noted before the House vote that "four-fifths of those who oppose the plan strongly oppose it … while only half of those who support the plan do so strongly."

But what does it matter?  Isn't the outcome the only thing that matters?  No, not really:

...Obama has tried to present himself as a deep thinker, a cautious, intellectual president who moves carefully — in other words, a political pragmatist. However, his ruthless rush to pass a health care bill — damn the consequences or the methods used — exposed him as an opportunist who will trash the Constitution if necessary to gain a legacy for himself and remake America as we've known it. If we let him, Obama — rooted as he is in the beliefs of the old radical Saul Alinsky — would have America resemble a European-style social democracy, not the nation that rose to greatness based on individual liberty and free market capitalism.

The outcome may be what we live with, but the process is how those outcomes are achieved.  By relying on a twisted an unethical process, any twisted and unethical outcome may be achieved.  Indeed, Hicks hits the nail on the head:

Obama's comment that he "doesn't care about the procedural rules" tells us at least one thing: this president is an ideologue.

He wants to remake America and doesn't care if his fellow Democrats will pay the price for what he's done at the ballot box. And he doesn't seem to care that every trick in the political book got played by Pelosi and company to pass his plan. He just wanted the victory — even if it may be Pyrrhic.

There's that ideologue thing again!  Anyone who doesn't understand this about Obama really needs to wake up before it's too late.  Anyway, his willingness to use the twisted an unethical processes that came into play on DemCare makes it clear that he's willing to use the same tactics for any of his other agenda items, thus proving that his remaking project is a vast danger to all law-abiding American citizens.  When the Constitution is ignored, trivialized, or brutalized, we all suffer.

Barack Obama is causing great suffering in America.  Worse, he will not stop until the American people rise up in vast numbers at the ballot box and force him to stop.  He has plainly taken a position squarely in opposition to the will of We The People.  It's our move.

There's my two cents.

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