Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Brilliant Woman Overlooks the Obvious

Camille Paglia, a staunch Obama supporter who perceives the ugly reality of nationalized medicine, cannot figure out why her political hero is pushing so hard for it:

....The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy. [Emphasis added]

What is so difficult to grasp here? The lust for power, for the ability to play God with other people's lives, is an elemental human vice. It is the driving force behind the modern state. Expansion of power by political elites over non-elites is typical and virtually inevitable. What is unusual and unexpected in politics is the voluntary relinquishing of state power (This was the ideological core of Ron Paul's presidential campaign, and the reason why the elite's media shills attacked him when they could no longer ignore him).

Most voters, even of the highly educated sort, appear to have a tremendous emotional need to idolize their favorite politicians. It's akin to sports team fandom and celebrity worship. Actually, it's worse. Fans of athletes and celebrities aren't mystified when the objects of their adoration reveal themselves to be arrogant, contemptuous people.


  1. She's right in predicting the government will undercut the HMOs and kill them, those few who survive the economic collapse. I have concluded the only explanation which makes sense of current facts is Obama is participating in a plan to reduce US population by controlling who gets life-saving care. Naturally, those who don't favor him will die first.

  2. And they wonder why people are so pissed off at the Town Hall meetings.