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Hattip to the incomperable Jaybear for the Pic.

I was driving along, minding my own business this morning, when Glenn Beck played this quote from Democratic Senator Tom Harkin:

“What this bill does is we finally take that step. As our leader said earlier, we take that step from healthcare as a privilege to healthcare as an inalienable right of every single American citizen. And as I said before, this bill is not complete. I’ve used the analogy of a starter home in which we can add additions and enhancements as we go into the future but like every right that we’ve ever passed the American people, we revisit it later to enhance and build on those rights, and we will do that here surely.”

Now, I know that my friends like Rutherford, whose love for Obama and the talking heads at MessNBC knows no bounds see absolutely nothing wrong with this quote.

Glenn, of course, in his own style correctly makes light of all the salient points. I’d like to revisit them.

1.  A U.S. Senator is talking about government giving us rights.   It would be difficult to point out people who should better understand that rights don’t come from government, they can only be restricted by government, and yet his meaning is crystal clear.

2.  He recognizes that healthcare is not a right, but illustrates that it is a party priority to make it so.  Therein all serious legislative discussion would end…in a sane world.

3. He recognizes the “foot in the door” concept.  He talks about a “starter home”, and the promise of more “additions” and “enhancements” to come.  He also interchanges the concept of “rights” and “entitlements”, although I think most Democrats have a fundamental problem differentiating between the two.  Just to again clear that up, the former are granted by God, the latter are created by government, at the expense of its taxpayers.

4.  In glorifying the government’s beneficence toward the American people, he attempts to cloak it in the authority of the only sovereign recognized by the Founders.  I’m starting to think that they just can’t help themselves.  Few people excel in euphemisms like politicians, and any more, fewer people seem to be able to discern when they are being presented with an ersatz copy of anything being passed off as an original.  But what I find disturbing is the appearance that he believes it.  And the whole “our leader” thing is more than a little creepy.

I don’t know how much more of Congress’s good intentions we can take.

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