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Is it “Un-American” to Disagree with Nancy Pelosi?

August 11th, 2009

I read Doug Mataconis’ post at the Liberty Papers the other day, discussing a USAToday Op-Ed in which Pelosi and Hoyer accuse basically any opponent of national socialism government-mandated health care of trying to silence the “facts”. Ironically, Pelosi and Hoyer craft a lengthy fairy-tale about what Obamacare will actually be, which is almost entirely devoid of anything even remotely resembling a “fact”.

The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.

Except that the 1,000+ page bill:

  1. Doesn’t allow any person the choice of not buying a policy. Ergo, less choice, not more.
  2. And that the government decides what level of care is acceptable, and fines you (they call it a “tax”) if you don’t comply. Ergo, less choice, not more.
  3. And that the government will effectively set the prices for all private health plans, effectively mandating that you buy certain plans or else. Ergo, less choice, not more
  4. And that there will be a government committee in charge of deciding what treatments and benefits you get. Ergo, the choice is not left to doctor and patient.

(Do you notice a pattern here?)

To be fair, there are over 1,000 pages in the bill (PDF), so I don’t blame you for not wanting to read it. In fact I would be surprised of Pelosi and Hoyer have read it themselves, and I would be downright flabbergasted if someone like Nancy Pelosi, who has all the moral and intellectual capacity of a Geranium, actually comprehended what she had read. Fortunately someone else did read it, and summarized the healthcare monstrosity. But I digress.

Doug seemed to take issue with the fact that the health care nazis are calling people “un-American”.

Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Hoyer should be ashamed of themselves for calling the exercise of a precious Constitutional right “Un-American.”

No. They should be sentenced to nothing less than permanent exile. Further, he comments:

So, a town hall filled with disruptive Code Pink demonstrators is “democracy in action,” but a town hall filled with opponents of ObamaCare is Un-American. Or at least that’s how the calculus works in Nancy Pelosi’s universe.

I’m surprised that he’s surprised by this; it’s nothing new in the game of politics. Recall a few years back, when the Bush administration played the same game? Sure, the circumstances were a little bit different, but it boiled down to the same argument, crystallized in the famous Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists speech, which would become a staple of the latter Bush Regime.

Stirring up fear, creating enemies where there are none, and then accusing anyone who’s not on the bandwagon of being “un-patriotic” has been the modus operandus of politics (electoral and otherwise) for hundreds of years. Politicians have to pit brother-against-brother, because that’s how they lever their control. They create, instigate, or imagine a “problem”, and then propose that they alone are uniquely qualified to handle the problem. Or they make fantastic promises to Paul, which can only be “kept” as long as the politics can keep Peter in a condition of servitude, in order to provide for those promises.

Thus the despot subdues his subjects, some of them by means of others, and thus is he protected by those from whom, if they were decent men, he would have to guard himself;The true rewards of tyrants. just as, in order to split wood, one has to use a wedge of the wood itself.

The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, E. La Boettie

This behavior, these false accusations and empty promises, the rhetoric of “I know what’s best for you” or “You have to do this for me” or “for the poor” or “for the children” — always conditioned upon the unspoken: “or else!” — is the behavior of a sociopath. It is the behavior of someone who cares not for your needs, wants, desires, freedoms or objections (moral, religious, or otherwise). These are the behaviors of people who wish to keep you in chains.

Is it “un-American” to reject these crimes for what they are? Doug says maybe it is, and if so, “Make the most of it.”

Is it “un-American” to disagree with someone? Is it “un-American” to want to put an end to other people telling you what to do, where to go, how much to pay, how to live, how to die? If it is so, I want absolutely nothing to do with being “American”.

If this is truly “un-American” then we’ve got a hell of a lot more allies out there.

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  • Joe Black says on: August 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

     

    That was a nice write up dude! I haven't been on your site in a while so it was a great read for my first time back.

    What the f**k is wrong with people, huh? How did it end up so bad with people being totally oblivious to how bad it is?

    • nothirdsolution says on: August 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm

       

      Thanks Joe – glad I could be on top of my game!

      Boettie's thesis was essentially that although man is born "free", he is often born into a state of indenture, and that conditioning (training, schooling, etc.) succeed in breaking his spirit. For many, I'd venture to guess that the free spirit is essentially stillborn; broken before they become aware of it. And so, they accept bondage as a "natural" condition of life, indeed the only condition they've ever really known.

      You could write a book on that, as I'm sure many people have, but that's the Reader's Digest version.

      • Don says on: August 13, 2009 at 1:08 am

         

        Very good.
        Yes, they start out from the subconscious thinking they are slaves and therefore anything more than being caged is a priviledge placing them higher than any other people on the planet. And all the while they have been conditioned to believe they are free when true freedom is what they have been taught to fear through repition of lies. There's so many things wrong with that thought process its hard to know where to start.

        You said: "….is the behavior of a sociopath."
        Indeed, and thats a word that has been vacant from the political lexicon but most appropriate.
        How do you know this?
        Simple, require all politicians to live under the rules they create for others, first, then sit back and watch them squeal like a bald tire.

        Millionaire politicians, thieves on a grand scale, will not be affected by any healthcare reform for they have purchased a healthcare goldmine for themselves at the expense of the taxpayers, the victims of massive theft.

        In a sane world all of them would be rounded up, placed in stocks and issued a sound beating then they would spend the rest of their lives paying restitution to their victims.

  • Joe Black says on: August 12, 2009 at 1:17 am

     

    Haha, the Reader's Digest version! Makes me think of my parent's bathroom.

    Do you have any links to Boettie's pieces of work, someone who writes about him or suggestions for books of his that I can read? I've never heard that thesis before and I find it pretty intriguing. Thanks

    • nothirdsolution says on: August 12, 2009 at 2:05 am

       

      There is the link in the post, above, and various other translations available on the interwebs under the title of "Politics of Obedience" or "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" or some combination of the two. It's less than 100 pages, if I remember correctly. You could read it in an afternoon.

      Murray Rothbard's preface to a recent translation (Text), and the Discourse is available as a three part Audio book at mises.org

      Also available (if you read French) are his Complete Works. Maybe I should translate someday. I'm not familiar with any of his other writings, he was relatively obscure as a political philosopher.

  • Joe Black says on: August 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

     

    Awesome. Thank you for all of those references. For some reason I passed over the link in the article. Thanks again.

    Joe

  • ZJS says on: August 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm

     

    Is it really unamerican to do anything? I mean, you're supposed to be able to say how you want, feel how you want, and support the causes you want. That's what being American is supposed to be out…supposed to be,

  • Lori says on: August 14, 2009 at 2:53 am

     

    Its not fascism when the democrats do it…

    Flashback "Shrill Hill"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxmpTMGhU0

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