According to Charles Blow of the New York Times, opposition to health care is the irrational result of listening to Rush Limbaugh and Fox news. Polls like this apparently have less to do with some of the empirical evidence used by Rush Limbaugh on a daily basis, and more to do with some sort of ignorance-magic that makes people impervious to Presidential ramblings:
The Apostles of Anger in their echo chamber of fallacies have branded him the enemy. This has now become an article of faith. Obama isn’t just the enemy of small government and national solvency. He’s the enemy of liberty.
Actually, Mr. Blow, The Heritage Foundation, The Wall Street Times, and liberal Democrats from Illinois like Phil Hare (him, albeit inadvertently) are highlighting quite nicely that American liberties are being eroded as we speak. The Wall Street Journal is spot on when it notes:
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and 13 other state AGs—including Louisiana Democrat Buddy Caldwell—claim this is an unprecedented exercise of state power. Never before has Congress required people to buy a private product to qualify as a law-abiding citizen…Democrats claim the mandate is justified under the Commerce Clause, because health care and health insurance are a form of interstate commerce…[but] all human activity arguably has some economic footprint. So if Congress can force Americans to buy a product, the question is what remains of the government of limited and enumerated powers, as provided in Article I. The only remaining restraint on federal power would be the Bill of Rights, though the Founders considered those 10 amendments to be an affirmation of the rights inherent in the rest of the Constitution, not the only restraint on government. If the insurance mandate stands, then why can’t Congress insist that Americans buy GM cars, or that obese Americans eat their vegetables or pay a fat tax penalty?
That’s a fact, Mr. Blow. So the next time you tell your readers that “Rush & Co…strum their fears and feed their anxiety,” perhaps you should take a step back and actually read The Constitution or The Federalist Papers instead of taking Nancy Are you serious? Pelosi’s word for it. Because she certainly isn’t.
Myself, any many other Americans out there are very familiar with the Rule of Law:
An individual mandate to enter into a contract with or buy a particular product from a private party, with tax penalties to enforce it, is unprecedented– not just in scope but in kind–and unconstitutional as a matter of first principles and under any reasonable reading of judicial precedents.
And finally, your assertion that everyone on the left “loves” the President? Think again. It appears the only person misleading people around here…is you.
And that, good sir, is what you call getting KO’d, Street Fighter style.