Monday, August 24, 2009

Ted Undead

What Ted Kennedy Wants - WSJ
Ted Kennedy's death bed request to change the law he sought for is quite possibly the highest form of hypocrisy and abuse of power that I have witnessed in my life.

In 2004 when Senator Kennedy pushed to have the law in Massachusetts changed so that vacated senate seats would no longer be filled by appointment from the Governor, but by special election, it was clearly a politically motivated, self serving tactic. The panic in 'The Peoples Republic of Massachusetts" Democratic party was evident. Senator Kerry had become the Democrats nominee for president and would have to vacate his seat if elected president. The fear that then Governor Romney, a Republican, would have the power to name Senator Kerry's replacement was incomprehensible. And so, with imagery from the knights of camelot, the "liberal lion" rode from Washington to Beacon Hill to slay the dragon that threatened his party's grip on single party rule in the state of Massachusetts.

"Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy," reported the Boston Globe in 2004, "Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency."
While it was clearly a partisan tactic to preserve the preponderance of power maintained by the Massachusetts democrats, it was principled. Clearly, having a representative to government elected by the people is preferable to one by political appointment. Even people who saw the ruse as nothing but a political ploy had difficulty with serious arguments against making the process more democratic! And so the law was changed.

But Now?

Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments
"I therefore am writing to urge you to work together to amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs," writes the Senator.
I mean WOW! How do you disguise this type of hypocritical naked aggression? What principled argument do you make to justify this reversal of ideals? I have warned in various posts on this blog that we are witnessing a time where Chicago politics is going national. If thuggery and corruption are the tools necessary to get the job done, well then the democrats are just the party to do it. After all, it was Illinios Governor Blagojevich who taught us that a Senate seat "is a f***ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing".

In all probablity, the Senator will get his dying wish. Where the 'Liberal Lion' can be emboldedned when principle and the good of the people are arguments on his side he won't let those same arguments stop him when they are not.

So who might Obama's good buddy Governor Deval Patrick choose? You know?


Senator Caroline Kennedy (D-MA)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obamamercial does not a townhall make: Manufactured Bliss

Today's New Hampshire infomercial for health care reform hosted by none other than his high holiness himself was touted as a town hall meeting by the AP and other mainstream media outlets. If you think a town hall meetings are more often a love fest of clapping, hand holding, give me an Amen type of event, then quite frankly you have never been to a real town hall meeting. More often than not they consist of several points of view all having a say in consideration for deliberation.

The hypocrisy of dismissing the real town hall meetings, while producing a made for television health care rally and calling it a town hall meeting is just a humorous side note. The scary thing is how he was able to rifle through a litany of in your face lies, and get nothing but enthusiastic applause. I know for some people, it's the reality they want to believe in, but it just is not the reality we know and see every day at bars, at the water cooler, and even sometimes on the nightly news.

From the AP article:
"Obama sought to dispel talk that his ultimate goal is a single-payer federal health care system, like that in countries such as Canada."
Sorry!. That is a straight up lie! If you don't believe what you read in print, then you can see it and believe it here, along with the follow up from Obama's insiders.

I first saw this video here

This event was so overproduced, and so overly sanitized that even the President seemed to be embarrassed.
"The encounter was so friendly, in fact, that by the end Obama was even asking for skeptical questioners to come forward — to no avail."
"Toward the end of the session, Obama went so far as to ask people to give him skeptical questions. The best he got were queries about why he doesn't chastise Congress more and where the nation would find the additional doctors and nurses it needs."
Manufactured Mandate? Manufactured Consensus? Manufactured Support? You won't see those words in the mainstream media.
"He singled out the charge that the Democratic health care legislation would create "death panels" to deny care to frail seniors. Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said the Democrats' legislation includes "death panels" that could deny care."
Focusing on this sound bite is a red herring. It is intended for you not to think through the implications of the proposed health care reform. Mainly because, if you thought through for a moment the idea of everyone getting every test they wanted, or every procedure they thought they needed on demand and immediately, you would see the logistic impossibilities. It hearkens back to Nancy Pelosi's promise of Cap on cost, No cap on benefits. Ultimately you have to reign in costs, and every other society that has attempted this social experiment has ultimately imposed some form of rationing. If you don't want to call them death panels, well fine, Obama doesn't like that term either. However, it amounts to the same thing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Manufactured Rage?

The White House said yesterday that they believe the Tax Protest Tea Party's and the recent out cry over health care reform at local town hall meetings is manufactured? Are they kidding? Their let them eat cake, and head in the sand arrogance belies their belief that we are ALL STUPID SHEEP, but this is rediculous!

White House Brushes Off Health-Care Protests
-Wall Street Journal

Why is it that when ACORN quite literally buses in homeless people to the homes of AIG employees in Connecticut it's called community organizing and political action?

But when actual voters and actual tax payers show up to display their displeasure with proposed policy changes it's manufactured?

Obama knows all about manufactured rage, and here it is

Don't you love the outraged protesters admiring the homes before the choreographed protest begins? Don't you love that it looks as though there are more people from the media in the crowd than protesters? How did all those media people know to be there? and get such great footage? Do you remember seeing the reports on the nightly news? Those over produced sound bites that made the protest seem huge? Don't you love the glossy print protest signs they handed out?

If you can't connect the dots for yourself, then Glen Beck explains it plainly and factually here.

But when tens of thousands of people show up at tax protest across the country it gets zero coverage in the main stream media. Even though the tax day tea party's were organized, and like the ACORN AIG bus tour they knew where and when to be, there was no coverage!

And when Arlen Spectre holds a town hall meeting, the only coverage comes from cell phone cameras.

Where are the scripted chants? Where are the glossy protest placards? The white house can see that these are people merely reacting to what they hearing. These people are listening and considereing what they are being told, and when they reason that they are being lied to they react. Then they are dismissed as if the reactions were choreographed by a an organizer with a bull horn (like at the ACORN protests).

When did heads become tails?

More Pennsylvania town hall revolt here.
Another elected official jeered for what he says here.