“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on, I can’t believe you.”- Freidrich Nietsche
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolph Hitler
The political news of late has been very interesting. Because fifty-two percent of voters chose to allow themselves to be beguiled by the smooth delivery of empty rhetoric, the nation is now afflicted with the governance of an inexperienced ideologue whose audacious arrogance blinds him to the possibility that the people he wishes to lead might reject, of their own accord, the path that he has chosen to lead them down. And his reaction has been telling. The age of youtube has provided a wonderful counterpoint to the information vacuum left by the Fourth Estate’s blatant abdication of its duties in the last election cycle. I’m sure the President had every reason in the world to believe that the press would not call him out on such blatant lies as “If you like your current plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” or “I have never said I was for a single payer plan.” And true to form, this has largely been the case. They have been far to busy filling the airwaves and print columns with their “expressions of concern” about the people who were showing up at town hall meetings with their elected officials and expressing their outrage that they would even consider foisting this crap sandwich down our throats. It was was too easy to take administration officials and some members of Congress at their word that these righteously pissed citizens were actually shills for big drug companies and insurance companies, rather than people who actually took time to read the bill and and realize that it was not what was being promised. And a strange thing happened. The people being targeted were not deterred. They have seen the video clips with the President saying, before he was the President, that he was in favor of a single payer system, and expressing the opinion that it would take time to get there. They read the bill, and could see that as soon as they lost coverage or their plan changed, then they would have to move to a government approved plan, that such change might take time, and still they were the ones being called liars by their elected officials. Opposition started to grow. Representatives and Senators, showing their typical contempt for their constituents that has made Congress’ approval rating so abysmal, largely choose either to forgo meeting with their constituents or attempt to restrict the forums to be entirely under their own control, or limit admittance so that they would have a much easier time because the audience would be made up of more of the “rent-a-mob” crowd bussed in by SEIU and ACORN, all why the President and the Congress continued to call the American people stupid.
And it didn’t work.
Things got so desperate for the Neophyte In Chief that he did something that Democrats and liberals have not been known to do in decades. He dragged God into the debate. Faith being populated by people, it is as subject to human error as any other endeavor undertaken by people, so it would be inaccurate to say that this completely failed, but to most people of faith I have discussed this with, the President seems to have revealed himself as even more base and calculating than he had already appeared to most of us.
From the Politico:
President Barack Obama needs some outside help pushing health care reform, and he’s turning to rabbis to get it.
In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation, Obama asked for aid: “I am going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform,” the President told the group, according to Rabbi Jack Moline, who tweeted his way through the phoner.
“We are God’s partners in matters of life and death,” Obama went on to say, according to Moline’s real-time stream.
The last is especially shocking. After years of God being pushed out of the public square and the public debate by Democrats and their allies, a President who is in over his head and pushing an agenda that the majority of Americans do not approve of and know in their hearts as well as their heads that the government cannot and should not manage clumsily claims to have enlisted a deity and and given him partner status as well in the dubious endeavor. I wonder if they have made an agreement to not discuss the President’s unwavering commitment to allowing mothers to kill their innocent unborn children. Maybe this is just a “joint venture”…a “partnership” for a very limited purpose. I guess God just hasn’t had the time to read the bill, otherwise, I suspect the partnership would come to an abrupt end. This was not the end of the President’s eager recruitment of God’s servants, however, as his cup of hubris runneth over:
Obama went down his by-now familiar list of needed changes in health care to Faith in Public Life, a group of 30 religious organizations, on a live webcall.
He made the good point that religious leaders have helped the federal government pass needed changes in Congress for important programs such as civil rights.
“The one thing you all share is a moral conviction,” he told the audience, saying Americans deserved good health care.
He said a lot of people “are bearing false witness” by spreading misinformation about health care reform.
And he repeated: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
Obama called the “death panels” argument spread by Sarah Palin “an extraordinary lie.”
The president called on religious leaders to “speak the truth” and help him spread the good word about health care reform.
At the end, Obama did not take any questions, and, with a simple “bye bye,” ended the call.
I wish I could think that he honestly believes what he is saying, but with what little he has let us know about him, and his action thus far, it is clear that he is desperate and cynical. Desperate enough to call on people he would just as soon marginalize any other time, and cynical enough to believe that if he talked to them, portrayed his cause as a moral imperative, and threw in some phrases they would recognize, that they would be as gullible as the fifty-two percent who voted for CHANGE! without knowing what it meant. And to end it with the request that they “speak the truth” on the very subject he had just brazenly lied to them about was a special touch. Imply that putting the government into health care for all is a system that God would endorse, when God has not proposed that governments of men are an appropriate solution to any problem, but also to speak with such a forked tongue to God’s servants. One would think that this “Christian” does not know his Bible, and the story of Ananias and Sapphira from the book of Acts, and how their lies to the apostles cost them their lives:
“”Then Peter said “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men, but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what happened.” Acts 5:3-5, NIV.
And did he think that his political desperation was not apparent to those he was speaking to? Perhaps he forgot this also:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of the world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8, NIV.
Of course, now that he dragged God back out of the closet in which the left has stuffed him in their unholy crusade to separate the reasons for the law from the law, the left might find that they cannot pretend that God was invoked by them when he proves difficult to put back in the box later. Poor Obama. His salvation wasn’t enough to carry the day, but now that he has called on the real God for help, he just might get it, and realize the error of his ways.