WASHINGTON, November 12, 2014 – Much has been made of a statement by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare, concerning American voters.
The Obamacare law, says Gruber:
“…was written in a tortured way… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. Look, I wish that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
The political right, understandably, is using Gruber’s statement as a bludgeon with which to pound President Obama and the unworkable, dictatorial and expensive health care monstrosity that hangs like an albatross around his neck.
But Gruber’s statement points to the weakness inherent in democracy: The ease with which smooth-talking demagogues sway overly emotional and gullible mobs.
“The Democratic Party is the party of the mob,” wrote Ann Coulter in her book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America. “Democrats activate mobs, depend on mobs, coddle mobs, publicize and celebrate mobs… Indeed, the very idea of a ‘community organizer’ is to stir up a mob for some political purpose.”
Obamacare was predicated on a Mount Everest sized lie meant to discredit a hand-full of discerning Americans concerned with the totalitarian nature of the president’s monster.
“I have been as clear as I can be,” said Obama at a town hall meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. “Under the reform I’ve proposed, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. These folks [conservatives and Tea Party activists] need to stop scaring everybody.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, a young woman sent a letter of complaint to Anthem Blue Cross California when she received a notice that her Obamacare premium would be 50% more than her canceled, affordable health care plan. “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,” she wrote Blue Cross.
That sounds like a gullible and disenchanted Obama voter – a member of the mob.
“Democracy,” said H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
It’s the price we pay for living in a post-constitutional America. The United States Constitution is a document of negatives. It says no to government exercising powers not granted in the document (enumerated powers). It says no to the mob and their elected representatives when it comes to limits on free speech, unreasonable search and seizure, and no to violations of conscience in the way we commune with our Creator.
Negative injunctions are the cornerstone of liberty. They save us from ourselves.
In his Reflections on the French Revolution, Edmond Burke said:
Of this I am certain, that in a democracy the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority… Under a cruel prince they have the balmy compassion of mankind to assuage the smart of their wounds; they have the plaudits of the people to animate their generous constancy under their sufferings; but those who are subjected to wrong under multitudes are deprived of all external consolation. They seem deserted by mankind, overpowered by a conspiracy of their whole species.
America’s battered and maligned Constitution was designed to restrain the “stupidity of the American voter” while simultaneously preventing the rise of a Napoleon Bonaparte.
For now, the democratic mob has swung the political pendulum in the direction of the GOP. The president, however, has vowed to press ahead without popular support or the consent of the people’s elected congressional representatives.
Obama has threatened executive action on the immigration status of millions of illegal aliens. “You send me a bill that I can sign,” he said, threatening congressional Republicans, “and those executive actions go away.”
In a letter to the outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, GOP senators Ted Cruz, Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, Pat Roberts, Jeff Sessions, and David Vitter wrote,
“Should you decline to defend the Senate and the Constitution from executive overreach, the undersigned Senators will use all procedural means necessary to return the Senate’s focus during the lame duck session to resolving the constitutional crisis created by President Obama’s lawless amnesty.”
Bring it on.
A “constitutional crisis” is just what the American people need to remind them that we are a nation of liberty and laws – not of stupid, gullible mobs.