Savages Palin after calling for civility — will he take the Public Option Pledge?
“Many of you have older members of your congregations.
They’re all now scared to death that someone is talking about
cutting Medicare benefits. That is again simply not true….There
has been a lot misinformation in this debate and there are some
folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness. This
notion that somehow we are setting up death panels that would
decide on whether elderly people get to live or die…that is just
an extraordinary lie.”
— President Obama in a phone call to 140,000 religious left activists
Let’s get religion.
And a wonderful religion it is. There’s a God. Commandments. Disciples, but of course, not to mention lots and lots of Followers. There is also a Judas. And a preacher — don’t forget the preacher.
In this case, that would be the theologically correct yet always smiling Reverend Jim Wallis
Smiling Jim. Today’s Man of God, yesterday’s Man of the State. Today the head of the religious group called Sojourners who was a leading participant in a recent health care phone call between 140,000 “people of faith” and President Obama. Yesterday a leader in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a group that also fancied itself as a people of faith. A very different faith.
Smiling Jim wasn’t always smiling in those yesterdays, presumably. Smiling had to be a tough chore if you were president of the Michigan State University chapter of the hard-left SDS. You remember the SDS, don’t you? That charmingly grim-faced sixties group that more than frequently displayed its taste for violent/authoritarian regimes when it wasn’t being violent/authoritarian itself. The intellectual breeding ground that birthed the once again famous Bill Ayers — he the friend of Barack now best known as “the unrepentant terrorist” — and Mrs. Ayers.
That would be Bernadine Dohrn, who helped launch the Weatherman faction of, yes, Smiling Jim’s SDS. The 2008 campaign re-introduced us all to the notion that Mr. Ayres thought it a romantic idea to blow up the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. It shot us back in time to the cozy feelings of moral superiority felt by SDS members who believed in the moral equivalence of America and the various Communists tyrannies of the day. In 2009 America, by chance yet again, has been reminded of the moral sentiments that ran in the intellectual veins of the far-left as the 40th anniversary of the gruesome Manson murders made the news. We seem not to be reminded that the President’s political career was launched in the living room of Mrs. Ayers, SDS’er Dohrn, who commented in this fashion at the time of the Manson nightmare:
“Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in pig Tate’s belly. Wild!”
The Tate reference was to the murder of actress Sharon Tate, murdered in the Manson slaughter when she was eight months pregnant.
Thankfully Smiling Jim never signed up with the violent antics of the Ayers husband and wife team. What, after all, is to be gained spending time with those who were the 1960s embodiment of some dialogue from a Batman film? Mean kids, bad seeds who hurt people. Heads full of bad wiring.
So it was divinity school instead for Smiling Jim, a decidedly better choice. Trailing along somewhere in this exploration of God, however, was the unmistakable whiff of the real old time religion that lay at the core of the SDS — and is today at the core of the religious left:
The lust for control — power — over the lives of others.
WHAT BROUGHT WALLIS and the SDS to mind were two recent incidents involving Smiling Jim, both taking place in the midst of the hurricane that has become the health care debate.
The first involved Smiling Jim’s furious reaction to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s famous statement that the health care bill was provisioning “evil” with what she termed “death panels.” A board that would effectively place bureaucrats between patients and doctors as a result of government rationed care, eventually and inevitably rationing to the detriment of the weakest among us.
There was a considerable uproar over this Palin statement. In fact, Governor Palin’s August 7 Facebook statement came almost two weeks after the same conclusion had been drawn quite independently in this very space when I asked the rude but necessary question “Who Will Tell Michael J. Fox He Needs to Die?” It was already abundantly clear that government rationing of health care — which is in fact the objective of the Obama health care effort — would inevitably have fateful consequences for the most vulnerable in our society. Specifically that would include the elderly, the disabled, those with AIDS, minorities, women with breast cancer, men with prostate cancer, among others. Not to mention people like actor Fox, who famously suffers terribly from Parkinson’s disease.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online