Jonathan Gruber: We lied about Obamacare to STUPID American voters
WASHINGTON, November 12, 2014 – Much has been made of a statement by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare, concerning American voters.
The Obamacare law, says Gruber:
…Gruber’s statement points to the weakness inherent in democracy: The ease with which smooth-talking demagogues sway overly emotional and gullible mobs…
Obamacare was predicated on a Mount Everest sized lie meant to discredit a hand-full of discerning Americans concerned with the totalitarian nature of the president’s monster.
“I have been as clear as I can be,” said Obama at a town hall meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. “Under the reform I’ve proposed, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. These folks [conservatives and Tea Party activists] need to stop scaring everybody.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a young woman sent a letter of complaint to Anthem Blue Cross California when she received a notice that her Obamacare premium would be 50% more than her canceled, affordable health care plan. “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,” she wrote Blue Cross.
That sounds like a gullible and disenchanted Obama voter – a member of the mob.
“Democracy,” said H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
It’s the price we pay for living in a post-constitutional America. The United States Constitution is a document of negatives. It says no to government exercising powers not granted in the document (enumerated powers). It says no to the mob and their elected representatives when it comes to limits on free speech, unreasonable search and seizure, and no to violations of conscience in the way we commune with our Creator.
Negative injunctions are the cornerstone of liberty. They save us from ourselves…
The CONTEXT of the Accusation:
- American voters are STUPID.
- LIE to them to get what you want.
Many on The Left and on The Right have argued for and against the stupidity of the American voter, (few can honestly deny that politicians lie).
The arguments FOR the American voter being stupid go something like this:
- They keep voting the same losers/liars into office, but expect DIFFERENT results, THAT IS stupid,
- American voters say “character doesn’t matter, we’re voting for a political office, not a PASTOR”….(then wonder why the “Person-X” lies, commits fraud, and is involved in sex scandal after sex scandal…), THAT IS stupid,
- American voters do NOT want actual/real spending cuts, especially to THEIR fave program/entitlement, then bluster about the ever growing, gargantuan mountain of debt, THAT IS stupid,
The arguments AGAINST the American voter being stupid go something like this:
- We have access to facts and evidence at our finger-tips via the internet, we are much more informed than they give us credit for, the politicians promise ONE thing when they run for office, and then do THE EXACT OPPOSITE when elected...it’s THEM- NOT us,
- We KNOW that if a bill is being hid from us, and/or has several and contradictory stories about it that it MUST NOT be what they are saying it is, and it must NOT be passed UNTIL made PUBLIC and examined thoroughly,
- We have education (often PUBLIC education), life experience, and the aforementioned news sources at out disposal, we’re NOT as dumb as you think we are…
We are much more “in the know now” than before, but seem to exhibit LESS common-sense, AND/OR are LESS willing to actually DO anything about it… So while the arguments AGAINST the stupidity of the American voter on their face sound good, they are nonetheless subordinate to the FACTS of the arguments FOR being stupid because, well, they ARE facts.
We will examine several current and pertinent issues in Part 2 and look at it from all sides…and see just how ingrained this stupidity, or apathy, is….so…STAY TUNED…
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.