Ruling Class medicine: Gabby Giffords as symbol of move to repeal Obamacare.
“At Memorial Hermann, it means not being satisfied
with the current state of medicine. It means doing all we can to
save more lives and improve clinical
—Statement from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been transferred for treatment
“I don’t think that we can make judgments based on
peoples’ spirit. That would be a pretty subjective decision to be
making. I think we have to have
— President Obama on ObamaCare
“Some animals are more equal than
— George Orwell in Animal Farm
Talk about irony.
For the most unexpected of reasons, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a supporter of Obamacare, may well become a popular symbol of the reason to repeal it.
Outside of a lone, extremely disturbed man in a Tucson jail cell, there is no one who doesn’t wish Congresswoman Giffords well in her fight to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.
But there’s something else that is, however uncomfortable, necessary for the rest of America to discuss. Thatsomething has nothing to do with talk radio, Fox News, Rush, Sean, Mark, Glenn, O’Reilly, Sheriff Dupnik, civility or gun control.
The issue at hand is the reality of Obamacare in practice.
More plainly put: Animal Farm has come to Arizona.
Animal Farm, the classic 1945 George Orwell best seller as the Cold War fight against Communism and socialism dawned, was the allegorical novel of animals (the socialists of the piece) capturing Manor Farm from the “drunken incompetent farmer” — men were the capitalists in the story. An old boar named Major gathers the animals together to tell of a dream in which all animals live together equally without human oppression, and his dream is codified after he dies into a set of principles called “Animalism.” A revolution ensues, the farmer is driven off, and Manor Farm is renamed by the revolutionaries who now run the place “Animal Farm.”
It was a thinly disguised story of the Soviet Union, the battle between capitalism and socialism described in the day as “a brilliant satire…a frightening view of the future.” After the death of Major, the animal revolution is led by younger pigs named Snowball, and Napoleon (the animal versions of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin) who have “gained control of the revolution.” Then, as actually happened in the struggles for control of the real life Soviet “workers paradise” the animals “fought each other for the mastery” of the great animal (socialist) revolution. Eventually the story has certain of the animal revolution leadership becoming more like men — the pigs begin walking upright, wearing clothes, brandishing whips and drinking alcohol. They begin plotting with their human counterparts and eventually the rank-and-file animals are shocked to realize all of their “commandments” about animal equality are vanishing. They learn the hard way that all the wonderful socialistic rhetoric of animal equality aside, in fact the reality of socialism comes down to one iron reality:
“Some animals are more equal than others.”
The story wound up being a precise foreshadowing of what lay ahead for the Communist and socialist world and why, by 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the nations that composed what Ronald Reagan termed “an evil empire” collapsed.
The principle illustrated in the Orwell tale, coincidentally, is exactly the main topic following the new GOP-controlled House repeal of ObamaCare — and the Senate’s refusal to even discuss the issue.
Here’s a very cold fact.
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.
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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?