On the bonfire of vanity, Democrats embrace Obamacare and extinction

Obamacare continues to spew victims; something serious rots now underneath the foundation of the regime. Photo: Bonfire/ AP Graphic

NEW YORK, November 5, 2013. America met the first woman who may officially die for a mistake errantly called the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on Sunday evening.

Her name is Edie Littlefield Sundby. Repeated assurances by the President to the contrary, she lost the health care plan she liked and fervently needed. Now this Stage IV cancer survivor may lose her life.

Reaction of the Obama White House was swift and obscene. At least one senior Democrat male personally led a political war on an especially vulnerable woman.

Then there is the disturbing case of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. Judging by his recent performances on Fox News Sunday and on MSNBC, Dr. Emanuel’s revolting combination of arrogance and malevolent conceit will do more for challengers to Democrat despotism than billions of dollars might in forthcoming 2014 and 2016 political campaigns.

Something serious rots now underneath the foundation of the regime.

In the deeply disturbing rollout of long-delayed Obamacare specifics, the mainstream press starts to understand wider implications of Team Obama’s disappearing “mojo”.


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Perhaps they remember what Carl Sandburg wisely observed on the relevant subject: “shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the women who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are”.

As President Obama founders now in toxic quicksand, we should consider lessons offered in fiction and in fact.

Truth under the Obama Administration is Stranger than Fiction

Like the highbrow fictional character Sherman McCoy from Tom Wolfe’s absorbing novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, Barack Obama suffers under challenging and embarrassing circumstances.

Considering an incessant litany of lies, one harkens back to this priceless interchange between errant son and caring father in Wolfe’s 1987 tour de force to understand our President’s psyche:

“Sherman McCoy:                   

There’s one thing I can do. I want to see the truth come out, and burn every one of them, and there’s one way to do that.

Mr. McCoy:                              

And what is that?

Sherman McCoy:                     

Lie….

Mr. McCoy:                              

In this case, if the truth won’t set you free, then lie.”

Does this dream from a different father animate our President?

 Lessons from the Example of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

In his first inaugural speech, President Roosevelt declared:

“I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a [demeanor] which the present situation of our nation impels. This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly.”

Today, President Obama could not complete the second sentence uttered by Roosevelt without being drowned in laughter.

Assiduously shielded from view by Democrat lawmakers who rammed the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010, then hidden from voters until long after the pivotal 2012 election, the truth comes out now in torrents, drowning loyal Democrat supporters and steadfast Republican opponents with equal force.

With regard to improving access to quality health care at affordable prices, we learn continually the cost of foundational lies concerning whether Americans could keep plans they actually liked. It is as if H.L. Mencken speaks directly to us each passing day:

“Unquestionably, there is progress, The average American now pays off twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”

In 1933, America did not yet lead the world. Great Britain gamely held that honor, struggling under a myriad of long-simmering challenges. It mattered then, so much less, than it matters in 2013 that America might quickly find her way.

Lessons from the Example of President Lincoln

The closest comparable moment in America’s history may well be on March 4, 1861, when President Lincoln asked seminal questions to a nation already rent asunder.

“Before entering upon so grave a matter as the destruction of our national fabric, with all its benefits, its memories, and its hopes, would it not be wise to ascertain precisely why we do it? Will you hazard so desperate a step while there is any possibility that any portion of the ills you fly from have no real existence? Will you, while the certain ills you fly to are greater than the all the real ones you fly from, will you risk the commission of so fearful a mistake.”

President Lincoln posed searing inquiries yet unwisely held his trust in “better angels.” Though the nation survived, America suffered grievous wounds and still nurses raw scabs from our First Civil War. Could a second one follow, so many decades later?

Divisions in our body politic run so much deeper than most may appreciate.

Shortly, we get results from a small number of pivotal elections.

In the expected triumph of far-left Bill De Blasio over Joe Lhota for Mayor in New York City and in other races, Democrats including President Obama may choose to drink again from a cup of delusion.

When they do, they will commit fateful errors. Americans are spoiling to reject incumbents in both political parties and more than upset with a system that fails all but connected cronies.

It is not a party that takes shape, but a movement that will reclaim America’s promise starting after November 2014 when profound change ultimately becomes feasible, in peace, at the ballot box.

Democrats beware: An active, vocal majority recognizes Obamacare for what it truly is, a fetid set of devious, immoral, and poorly constructed political acts, wrought in secret that now reveal our collective shame.

A slapdash plan that destroys a functioning health care system for 85% of Americans to assist a fraction of the 15% once outside care will not earn the “F” it truly deserves.

Instead, voters will expunge Obamacare starting next year in the fury rising over a bonfire set and stoked by tone deaf Democrats.

Whatever happens at the ballot box tonight, mark this day as the moment President Obama anointed himself leader of the lame duck Democrat dynasty.


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Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Charles has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer non-partisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School, Charles tries to learn each day.  

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