by Scott Creighton
Just a few weeks ago I was starting to have a little “hope”. Just a little. Don’t go crazy.
I was witnessing what I thought must have been some kind of waking daydream; pseudo “progressive” blogs actually starting to reject the Obama healthcare plan and pressing openly for real single payer healthcare.
I was amazed. AfterDowningStreet, Op Ed News, DailyKos, and even, believe it or not… the Huffington Post actually carried articles seriously critical of HR 3200 and the senate versions of the Obamacare plan.
Obama’s and Rahm’s hopes of fulfilling their promise to the insurance lobbyists was about to take a dive – not because of the opposition from the “Right” but because of the dissent from the “Left”.
But then along came “the crazies” and now it seems Obamacare is saved.
What a coincidence.
Just a few short weeks ago, “Progressive” sites were delving into secretive meetings at the White House between insurance company insiders, Big Pharma, and Rahm Emanuel. Meetings that seem to be of national security interest to the White House for some reason, like Cheney’s energy task force meetings once were.
“Progressives” were angry because it seemed the Public Option was going to be watered down so much that it wouldn’t serve and real purpose other than as a dumping ground for poor people (and even THAT they still had to “buy into” it). That is even IF it wasn’t turned into a co-op for the insurance industry.
“Progressives” were angry at the provisions in the bill that FORCED people to buy insurance from private insurance companies, having to pay whatever they were told to pay.
“Progressives” were angry at the thought that those with current benefits may actually have to pay an income tax on policies provided by their employer.
“Progressives” were angry that talk of tax increases on the middle class (yes people, those below 250k per year as well) wasn’t being completely dismissed by the White House.
And thus, “Progressive” sites were allowing their writers to delve into the uncharted waters of open, meaningful Obama dissent for the first time… and the congress and the White House actually took notice.
Hell, Michael Moore was promoting David Swanson’s Single Payer Summer efforts on the front page of his website just a week ago…. now you go to AfterdowningStreet and guess what? Not one article about healthcare since yesterday or the day before. Michael has some front page article about Obama “faking out” the evil “republicans” (a “basketball” analogy for the first black president? come on, Michael…) and giving the people what they want… his corporate biased mandatory insurance coverage plan. A payday for the insurance industry.
Yeah Michael. That’s really what we want.
Why the switch? What happened to all that “progressive” opposition to the Obamacare plan?
Well, “The Crazies” killed it. That’s what.
The insurance companies and their friends in the DLC ladened White House and congress recognized that the dissent was taking hold in the left, so they needed to demonize the talking points… demonize the critics of Obamacare. And that is exactly what they have done.
It’s real simple actually. Get the phony rightwing zealots like Malkin, Lindbaugh, and Beck to go out and whip up a silly frenzy. Get them the exact same ridiculous talking points to drill into the heads of their “ditto heads” (say it’s “socialism” or “communism” or Maoism or some such nonsense… say it’s the end of freedom as we know it… tell them it’s the end of the world if the guy from Kenya (wink wink) gets to pull the plug on Granny), then tell the ditto-heads where all the town hall meetings are, and see what happens.
(actually, they did the EXACT same thing when people were getting really angry about the corrupt bankers and the Federal Reserve. Along comes Glenn Beck’s “conversion” to the dissenters side, and he busied himself weeping his crocodile tears and ranting about conspiracy theories until no one took any of the Audit the Fed movement seriously anymore. Remember that folks? Wasn’t that long ago you know.)
Then to turn up the heat a bit more, get some phony “grass roots” organization to put up a snazzy blog that practically incites riots… and sit back with CNN and MSNBC cameras rolling… and let nature take it’s course.
What is the result?
Anyone that is critical of Obamacare is an instant “crazy” and POOF! the articles on the left wing websites are immediately gone. Now all of a sudden, those voices from the left with genuine concerns about the bill are silent. Now all of a sudden, Obamacare IS single payer…. Obamacare WASN’T written by insurance industry insiders… Obamacare is ALL ABOUT helping the “little guy”.
What a crock of shit.
It couldn’t be more obvious if Beck, Malkin, and Rush were reading from a script that had DLC written on the back of it for the cameras to see.
Right on cue, along comes the pundits of the “progressive” left to take up the call of demonizing dissenters of the Obamacare plan. Op Ed News has several of them, Dailykos, Huffington Post, and of course the Keith Olbermanns, Mathews, and Maddows of the “All Obama All the Time” network are doing their part as well.
So now if you talk about the Obamacare plan as anything but the 21st century “New Deal” handed down by Jesus himself, you are just a selfish loonietunes right wing Nazi bastard.
I should have known. I once had a little glimmer of hope… and then there was none.
Barack “Hopekiller” Obama strikes again.
Barack Obama a “socialist”? Well, at least his writers have a sense of humor.
I gotta go get a third job so I can afford that insurance policy that will deny me treatments and dump me when I really need it.
Thanks a lot, crazies.