President Obama repeatedly and brazenly lied to the American people about keeping their health insurance plans and their doctors, and now he uses sophistry and more lies to weasel out of it, adding that they should just “Shop around” for a new one if they lost the one they had.
Here’s a three-and-a-half-minute excerpt from Obama’s speech, including (at about 1:33) the part where he uses that phrase:
I was going to analyze what he said in the excerpt, but I quickly became overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. Although it’s short, it contains so many lies, prevarications, distortions, errors, and attempts to mislead that the analysis would be novella length.
And to what point? There are those who have noticed and been offended by lie after lie after lie, and those who have either been taken in by them, are not paying attention, minimize them, excuse them, or applaud them because the ends justify the means and they agree with his ends.
Is there even one liberal talking head on TV or pundit in print who has admitted that the president flat-out lied? Is there one who hasn’t offered a convoluted excuse that should fill that person with shame but somehow does not? The only one I’ve seen so far who admits Obama lied is Douglas Schoen, and he’s hardly any sort of Democrat at all, although he still calls himself one. He opposed Obama’s 2012 run, and some time ago declared the ACA a “disaster” for the Democratic Party.
So as a Democrat, Schoen certainly has a large asterisk next to his name.
The others offer a cornucopia of excuses, proving (if there had previously been a particle of doubt) that they have given up any pretense of integrity. Smilingly, they present the official talking points, from “he didn’t know the truth when he made the promises” (despite this) to “it was an incomplete statement; what he really meant was…” to “all the canceled policies were junk and those who liked them fools, so we must make the decision for them in order to protect them from their terrible judgement” to “oh, it only affects a few people anyway.”
Obama doesn’t plead ignorance—most likely because that would be to admit error, and Obama does not acknowledge errors. His stance is basically that there was absolutely nothing he did wrong. But as you can see from the tape, he does offer his own versions of the other excuses.
This is how tyranny comes to America. Watching the smug faces behind him during the Faneuil Hall speech I sense yet again that this is a plot I’ve seen before, but with slightly different lines and characters. I’m pretty sure the worst excuse of them all would be the “we must make the decision for them” one. That thought is the base on which the tyranny rests.
Some of those nodding, smiling people around Obama while he made that speech want to take over control because they love power itself. Some are just arrogant and think they know best and can actually create a better world. Some are mere followers who bask in reflected glory and like to dance in a ring. But they all have conceded that they have the right to do this.
[NOTE: A bunch of excuses from the administration itself, especially the "incomplete statement" one: it wasn't a lie, it was a "simplification." Note, also, that Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and architect of Obamacare, uses the minimization excuse: the "president's description of it was 'pretty low on the totem pole of political overstatements.'" Wow: "overstatement." From an economist, yet.]