President Obama is said to be a well-read guy, but who are his favorite writers? Thanks to the Internet, we have an answer. Unfortunately, it turns out that one’s of the president’s favorite columnists thinks you, your family and friends are all a bunch of idiots who need to be treated like cattle.
The president’s news diet isn’t limited to the paper of record however. Vietor said Obama’s favorite columnists include Business Insider’s Josh Barro, New York’s Jonathan Chait, and the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.
Enter Mediate, which takes Josh Barro to task over his Americans-are-too-stupid-to-know-what’s-good-for-them mentality.
The technocratic conceit has always been that their judgment should supplant the will of the public. Their methods, they assure themselves, are always justified because the end is noble and the opposition is never arguing in good faith. If they were, the technocrat insists, there would be no opposition in the first place.
This kind of thinking vindicates so many otherwise indefensible ends, including subterfuge and much worse. The technocrats among us today justify the president’s lie [that the insurance plan you liked would be safe under Obamacare] because they believe the end is virtuous. And perhaps it is. But what they do not understand […] is that no end is justified by any and every means. In fact, a virtuous project can be made forever toxic if its proponents adopt dishonest tactics in order to achieve it.
Enter Josh Barro, who reads the article and decides the best response is to wear his elitism like a badge of honor:
“Vast swathes of policy are based on the correct presumption that people don’t know what’s best for them. Nothing new.”
You are too dumb to pick the light bulbs that go in your house. You are too dumb to be able to have control over how much water your toilet uses per flush. You are too dumb to decide how much soda to drink in a single serving. You are too stupid to decide which school is best for your child, and you definitely can’t be trusted to pick the kind of health care coverage that best serves your needs. The list is never-ending.
As I said in the past, men like Josh Barro seek to turn Americans into human gerbils:
I care about a federal government that saps the will of its people. I care about a federal government that robs people of ambition and desire and the belief that they can do great things with their life. I care about the consequences of instilling in individuals a learned dependence that changes them from beings with limitless potential into hollowed-out husks that bump into each other for a few decades until death comes calling.
As Barry Goldwater so eloquently put it in The Conscious of a Conservative:
Consider the consequences to the recipient of welfarism. For one thing, he mortgages himself to the federal government. In return for benefits — which, in the majority of cases, he pays for — he concedes to the government the ultimate in political power — the power to grant or withhold from him the necessities of life as the government sees fit. Even more important, however, is the effect on him — the elimination of any feeling of responsibility for his own welfare and that of his family and neighbors. A man may not immediately, or ever, comprehend the harm thus done to his character. Indeed, this is one of the great evils of Welfarism — that it transforms the individual from a dignified, industrious, self-reliant spiritual being into a dependent animal creature without his knowing it. …
[We] can shatter the collectivists’ designs on individual freedom if we will impress upon the men who conduct our affairs this one truth: that the material and spiritual sides of man are intertwined; that it is impossible for the State to assume responsibility for one without intruding on the essential nature of the other; that if we take from a man the personal responsibility for caring for his material needs, we take from him also the will and the opportunity to be free.
Want to know what President Obama really thinks about you? Just read what he reads. If you voted for him you should prepare to feel duped.