. . . During the president’s nonstop gabfests before, during, and after the State of the Union speech, he kept repeating the fiction that the medical industry’s “special interests” were significantly to blame for scotching his health care legislation. In fact, the administration and Congress negotiated with those interests every step of the way, receiving crucial buy-in and millions in campaign contributions. Pro-reform lobbyists outspent anti-reform lobbyists on advertising by a factor of 5 to 1. There’s a three-letter word for blaming the defeat of his bill on health care lobbyists, and it rhymes with pie.
And yet it smacks of something worse still. When a politician cannot fathom opposition to his policies except as the manifestation of wicked manipulation by bad guys, remediable only by more thorough “explanations” from the good guys, it indicates an unseemly paternalism. And if he cannot take the hint that Bush-Obama bailout-and-spend economics are deeply and increasingly unpopular, that indicates something immovable about his core economic ideology. With those two factors as backdrop, it’s hard to say which would be worse: if the president didn’t really believe what he said, or if he did.
Things you might take note of, in no particular order:
- Political postings of late have been sparse from me, mainly because I would rather not post the petty partisan bullshit that everyone is heaving around Washington. One Drudge headline today noted that one senator told another he needed to wax his back. This is news? Wow. Ideology differences are one thing worthy of debate, but most everything going on over on the hill these days is petty and stupid. I refuse to post such crap… So on to other things…
- Nick Milne at The Daily Kraken rocks it discussing the Church’s worldly possessions in an article appropriately titled A Precious Oil after the story of Christ rebuking his disciples for complaining about the waste of wealth when the woman pours an expensive oil over Jesus’ feet. Didn’t think of that one when debating the topic with some cousins a few months ago…
- Chesterton has a quote for everything! And someone smarter than I always sees it before I do!
- I don’t really like Twitter, but some people are pretty entertaining. Like Michael Jordan. Heart of a child!
- Now on the Vatican website, you can virtual tour St. John Lateran in Roma. Gorgeous…
- Today on TownHall, T-Sow clears up some of the snake oil doubletalk the politicians are throwing your way about the “stimulus”.
- People approach politics in many different ways. But there are wrong ways to do so, and a recent column on Reason.com listed five wrong ways to think about politics, which I thought was particularly pertinent to the youth. A quick list includes Tragic Manicheanism (the idea that everything your country or society does is bad and all that oppose it are good), Hysterical Conspiracism (healthy skepticism taken to dangerous levels of suspicion of all things traditional), Moral Equivalence (a general McCarthyism, where opponents of an ideology compare the ideology to the worst systems ever devised by man, like Nazism, Stalinism, etc.), Triumphal Manicheanism (belief that everything one’s government or society does is correct or morally right), and Charismatic Authoritarianism (attaching great credence to a leader for a few good qualities that should be overshadowed by the actual way the leader governs).