Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

March 24, 2010

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

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Or maybe I should say “jackass’s” mouth?

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), on how it will take time for DemCare to “control the people”:

Of COURSE this is all about power and control!

March 23, 2010

RIP, liberty

Filed under: health care,limited government,politics — by lindyborer @ 4:14 pm
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Obama got his health care reform bill signed today and it only took a year, the opposition of a majority of Americans, bribery, arm-twisting, back-room deals and zero transparency to get it done.  I’ve never claimed to be a genius, but given the shady nature of this whole process I don’t understand why this is a “good thing” for America.  (Plus, guess who’s exempt from ObamaCare mandates?) 

I’ve simply had it.  I am actually scared for our nation.  If this thing goes, it’s game over.  I am beyond the point where I care about alienating anyone–including family–because of this.  This is my childrens’ future. 

What a small shred of people cannot understand is that this is not about health care!  I will say it again:  This is not about health care.  It is about the expansion of government.  It is about creating a welfare state from the cradle to the grave.  It is about Big Brother holding sway over even the minutest aspects of daily living.  Arguably, everything we do affects our health.  If (when) the government is suddenly the one in control of divvying out health care, they will do so solely upon the basis of controlling costs.  As such, they will see each of us as nothing more than a dollar sign.  And certain segments of the population will be more “cost effective” than others.  For example, it’s cheaper to have an abortion than a baby.  It’s easier to pull the plug than to give someone life prolonging treatment.  The unborn, the disabled, the elderly, the chronically ill–all these groups will be the hardest hit.  This legislation will drive doctors away in droves, and rationing will inevitably occur.

Reform is needed, but this leviathon of a bill addresses none of those things that would have truly reformed our system without taking over 1/6th of the economy and sacrificed our individual liberties.  (Tort reform?  Being able to purchase insurance across state lines?  True competition among insurance compancies would lower premiums faster than anything.  It would solve the problem for those who can’t get insurance because of a preexisting condition.)

With the signing of this bill, the Democrats have effectively taken the first step in turning our nation’s healthcare system into the DMV.  Break out the champagne!

One of the most interesting aspects of this entire issue to me is the one of liberty and self-determination.  ObamaCare undoubtedly will put a bureaucrat in the middle of patient and doctor.  It will do more to erode these basic, foundational American ideas than anything else we have seen. 

Give me liberty or give me death!  This is America!  

One comfort?  We will not go down without a fight.  This legislation and its mandate to buy insurance is unconstitutional.  It is a direct violation of state sovereignty and states’ rights.  It will be challenged in the courts.

January 20, 2010

Plain funny

Filed under: politics,Uncategorized — by lindyborer @ 8:32 am
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Hitler finds out Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts:

There’s a multiude of versions of this, I know, but this is really very funny.

A turning point

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 7:23 am
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Republican Scott Brown wins the “Kennedy seat” in Massachusetts.   Rasmussen reports that he won over independents 73/25.  Democratic heads are exploding all over the fruited plain.  I can’t wipe the silly grin off my face.

I could go into great detail about how completely unprecedented this is, but those who are paying attention already know.  Interesting to me will be how Obama/Pelosi/Reid but especially the Blue Dogs in the House and Senate will respond. 

Scenario A:  They will continue, kamikaze-style, to push through with their ultra-liberal policies (govt. run healthcare, cap and trade) by passing the Senate version of healthcare or delaying Brown’s seating.  They’ll claim that the MA election defeat of Coakley is due to the voters’ “misunderstandings” or their “oppositon for opposition’s sake.”  To which I say, go right ahead and do just that.  Further insult the intelligence of We the People.  Continue to call us “teabaggers” and characterize us as ignorant and uneducated.  Because the more they do, the more they imperil themselves in midterms and in 2012.  Recall, just last week our own Ben Nelson faced the wrath of NE voters as they booed him out of a pizzaria in Omaha.  I’m sure he’s remembering that about now, too.

Scenario B:  Obama will come to his senses and move to the middle, scrap this wildly unpopular piece of crap healthcare legislation, and start over.

I have a hard time envisioning Obama moving to the middle.  I simply don’t know if he’s capable of it.  I think he’s so innately statist and ideological that it would almost be humanly impossible for him to do it.  But think for a moment what must be running through his head right now.  

Here he is, on the one year anniversary of his Inauguration, with the big State of the Union speech looming, and he just got b***h-slapped by voters in traditionally blue MASSACHUSETTS.  While the state-run media will attempt to spin Coakley’s defeat soleley on Coakley herself (of which she did play a tremendous part), they will suddenly forget that it was Obama himself who went to MA to campaign for her and to himself make the election, in large part, about healthcare and a referendum on his agenda.  (Scott Brown, too, made his opposition to this version of healthcare reform a central tenet of his campaign–something the voters obviously approved.)

The far-left is angry with him for a variety of reasons (one of which being he’s not left enough), and he’s completely losing independents because he’s too far left.  Unemployment is still in double digits, and virtually every industry in the private sector has a big target painted on its back by the Obama administration, and by extension, anyone who works in the private sector.  The Blue Dogs are already running scared, and the Republicans (thanks to the huge grassroots Tea Party movement) now have the momentum.  Every shred of reason in a person’s brain would be shouting, “Reverse course!  Steer to the middle!”  That’s what Clinton did.

But something tells me that this won’t happen with Barack Obama.  (I will eat my words if I must.)  Never, I don’t think, have we had as President such a complete and total narcissist.  Obama has placed all his chips on healthcare reform (with the full-blown, statist power and control that would come with it), and to scrap it now would irreparably damage his ego, and he knows it.  Govt. run healthcare is the easiest and best way for him to implement his statist goals for this country, and he will cling to it for as long as he is able.   It goes beyond saving face for him; it is a matter of self-preservation.

But for now, let’s all bask in the glow of this huge victory of liberty over tyranny.  Thank you, people of Massachusetts.

UPDATE:  A simply devastating rebuttal to the David Brooks’ of the world.  A must-read.  (It’s quite short and to the point.)

UPDATE 2:  Here’s a good post-election analysis, courtesy of Ed Morrissey.

December 20, 2009

Ben “Dover” Nelson

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 8:58 am
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Lone Senate healthcare holdout Ben Nelson of NE, (that’s my state) has sold out the 67% of Nebraskans who strongly oppose govt. run healthcare by signing on for cloture.  Every man has his price, and it looks like Ben is joining Mary Landrieu in accepting a huge chunk of change in exchange for a gigantic pile of crap.  Thanks, Ben.  Oh, and by the way, you’re history.  Nebraskans will not forget this next election. 

The worst part?  The abortion language can easily be overturned by Congress should they fail to renew the Hyde amendment for just one year.  (The Hyde Amendment, you’ll recall, prohibits federal funding of abortions.)  Bart Stupak vows he’ll fight for the same wording as in the House bill, but I’m growing ever more cynical.  I’m sure Reid’s coming up with another huge windfall for MI as I write. 

An interesting proposition I’ve seen a few other places:  How stupid do the other on-board Democrat senators feel for not holding out for large amounts of money for their respective states?

http://www.givebentheboot.com

December 15, 2009

Thank you, Mark Steyn

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For this:

The Obama speechwriting team don’t seem to realize that. They seem to be the last guys on the planet in love with the sound of his voice and their one interminable tinny tune with its catchpenny hooks. The usual trick is to position their man as the uniquely insightful leader pitching his tent between two extremes no sane person has ever believed: “There are those who say there is no evil in the world. There are others who argue that pink fluffy bunnies are the spawn of Satan and conspiring to overthrow civilization.  Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis. We must begin by finding the courage to acknowledge the hard truth that I am living testimony to the power of nuance to triumph over hard truth and come to the end of the sentence on a note of sonorous, polysyllabic, if somewhat hollow, uplift. Pause for applause.

From this.

Again, Mr. Steyn, thank you.  And, I love you.

December 10, 2009

Right analogy, wrong application, Mr. Reid

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GOP opposition to ObamaCare is not like supporting slavery in the 19th century, as Mr. Reid contends.  (Those were, after all, Democrats.) 

Rather, it’s about opposition to being enslaved by the federal government, who would have the ability to control every aspect of our lives should nationalized healthcare become a reality. 

Another gem from editorial cartoonish Michael Ramirez, who once again captures the truth of the matter perfectly:

December 8, 2009

The hype, confirmed.

Filed under: Health,media — by lindyborer @ 3:03 pm
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Study: At Its Worst, H1N1 Only Slightly More Serious Than Seasonal Flu

At the risk of sounding terribly smug, I point to the above and say, “I told you so.” 

No, I did not receive the vaccine, even though I am in my third trimester of pregnancy and have small children–and thus squarely in one of the primary high-risk categories.  I will look forward to the next manufactured crisis and prepare to be further underwhelmed.

October 23, 2009

Krauthammer nails it

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Again.

Fox Wars

October 19, 2009

The age of “tolerance” is upon us–Lord, help us

Filed under: politics,the Left — by lindyborer @ 7:00 am
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Two must-reads:

A Tale of Two Soundbites by Mark Steyn and The Race Card, Football, and Me by Rush Limbaugh 

I’ve sat back and watched the happenings of last week unfold, and it’s left me feeling very saddened for our country, and more than a little bit awed by the blindness of those who could look at it and see nothing wrong.  Actually, that second part applies to a lot of things that have happened in the last 10 months. 

Basically, if you can witness the outright libel of a private American citizen–left or right–and not be appalled by it, then you’re lost.  If you can with a straight face watch the Anita Dunn clip praising Mao and conclude, in all seriousness, that she was joking, then you’re lost.  No amount of argument or fact will make such a person sway their opinion, because blind ideology has taken root. 

I hate to say the F-word, but I’ve got to wonder: Are we creeping into fascism?  I know that the F-word was thrown around by the far left during the GWB years, and that’s why I hesitate to mention it now, but I finally feel emboldened enough to say it.  No, it’s not some sudden takeover; it’s incrementalism, and it’s been happening for years.  But be aware, Americans.  Guard your liberty like you’d guard your child.

I’ve just got to excerpt a few lines from the Steyn column, and I suggest you read it entirely.  He writes (my emphases in bold):

So if I understand correctly:

Rush Limbaugh is so “divisive” that to get him fired leftie agitators have to invent racist soundbites to put in his mouth.

But the White House communications director is so un-divisive that she can be invited along to recommend Chairman Mao as a role model for America’s young.

From my unscientific survey, U.S. school students are all but entirely unaware of Mao Tse-Tung, and the few that aren’t know him mainly as a T-shirt graphic or “agrarian reformer.” What else did he do? Here, from Jonathan Fenby’s book Modern China, is the great man in a nutshell:

Mao’s responsibility for the extinction of anywhere from 40 to 70 million lives brands him as a mass killer greater than Hitler or Stalin.”

And:

Twenty years ago this fall, the Iron Curtain was coming down in Europe. Across the Warsaw Pact, the jailers of the Communist prison states lost their nerve, and the cell walls crumbled. Matt Welch, the editor of Reason, wonders why the anniversary is going all but unobserved: Why aren’t we making more of the biggest mass liberation in history?

Well, because to celebrate it would involve recognizing it as a victory over Communism. And, after the Left’s long march through the institutions of the West, most are not willing to do that. There’s the bad totalitarianism (Nazism) and the good totalitarianism (Communism), whose apologists and, indeed, fetishists can still be found everywhere, even unto the White House.

Rush Limbaugh’s remarks are “divisive”; Anita Dunn’s are entirely normal. But don’t worry, the new Fairness Doctrine will take care of the problem.
 

For a little “humor,” I saw this yesterday at http://www.directorblue.blogspot.com/, and think serves as a nice illustration to the discussion at hand:

Wiktionary defines the word fascism as follows:


A political regime, usually totalitarian…

…ideologically based on centralized government…

…government control of business…

repression of criticism or opposition

…a leader cult…

…and exalting the state and/or religion above individual rights.

Too harsh? Too “right wing”? I just relayed the definition. Any conceptual linkages between the words and images are the responsibilities of the reader.

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