It’s all of a piece with the Obama-Stephanopoulos practice of Calculated Deception.
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As suggested above, George Stephanopoulos is not a journalist. He is a long-time Democrat political operative posing as a journalist. His question from out of the blue at the Republican debate last month transparently reflects close cooperation and collaboration with the Obama administration and the Democrat party to help carry out their political strategy. That is why his continued employment by ABC News in the phony role of independent journalist is a dishonorable deception by ABC News.
But Stephanopoulos is not the only one. He reflects a fundamental crisis throughout what has been called the mainstream media, but has been more properly labeled recently by Investors Business Daily as the “legacy media.”
That term reflects the more fundamental truth that what is called the mainstream media is rightly no longer respected by most Americans as mainstream anything. The game is too obvious to anyone paying attention. It is no longer a question of media bias. What is involved is well beyond that. It is now outright political partisanship and political, ideological activism.
So let me be clear, to use an Obama phrase. The New York Times today is no journalistic enterprise. It is a political activist organization posing as a journalistic enterprise.
Similarly, the Los Angeles Times is no journalistic enterprise. It is a political activist organization posing as a journalistic enterprise.
And ditto that for ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the rest of the legacy media that is stumbling along based on respect earned long ago when they were journalistic enterprises. This is no longer an issue over which reasonable people can differ. It is an issue of whether you are living in the real world today.
For the Obama administration, the Democrats, and their party-controlled media allies to play-act, to mislead the public over supposed Republican policies that are so radically disconnected from reality, is a Leninist-Stalinist tactic. And for modern American media institutions to allow themselves to be as thoroughly controlled by a political party as the old Soviet media was controlled by the old Communist party is not only fundamentally deceptive to the point of being dishonorable, it is now a crisis in American media. That adds up to a crisis in American democracy, and whether it is even functional anymore.
TANSTAAFL: The Economics of the Individual and Employer
But President Obama says there is no real problem for the Catholic Church because it won’t be paying for contraceptives and abortion drugs under his new mandate. He is ordering the insurance companies to pay for them and give them away for free.
A thinking person would ask where the President has the legal authority to order the insurance companies to give away anything for free. But there are no such thinking persons in the Democrat Party-controlled press, which is ready to applaud a third-world style Obama benevolent dictatorship – benevolent, that is, if you are part of the party political machine.
This reflects the developing Obama model of governance, operating under the motto “Sue me.” Obama increasingly operates outside the law, relying on intimidation and dare, as in the case of his “recess” appointments made when Congress was not in recess. He will soon discover the applicable legal limits, when he finds that nothing those illegal recess appointees do will be enforceable in the courts.
But he figures he can use those legal challenges as political issues framed around the poor and vulnerable against the corporate fat cat challengers of benevolent Obama dictates, such as free contraceptives for everyone. By the time the law catches up with him, he will be reelected. After appointing enough judges in a second term, he will be beyond any legal limits, just like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. If you think the term benevolent dictatorship is excessive hyperbole, just wait until a second Obama term, and tell me what you think then.
But there are limits beyond legal ones. The total costs borne by insurers will always be rolled into the price of insurance. So you will be paying in any event for whatever benefits Obama and his henchwoman Kathleen Sebelius (the perfect villainess, taken right out of Ayn Rand central casting) decide to require in their mandated insurance. That will include “mental health” bull sessions, repeated drug rehab, contraceptives, and ultimately abortion, regardless of what you think about personally paying for any of it. This dictatorial government power is a central reason why individual and employer mandates are such bad policy, at the federal or state levels, Ann Coulter to the contrary notwithstanding.
Obama, however, is not a one-trick pony. If insurance companies resist his intimidation, and insist on charging for the benefits they provide, Obama will slap price controls on their insurance, and force them to give away free stuff. But there is still a further limit beyond legal and economic ones. It’s called math: 2 + 2 = 4, even under Obama the Magnificent. Even the all-powerful Sebelius doesn’t have the power to change that. If insurance companies are prohibited by law from recovering their costs, they will just go out of business altogether.
Oh, what a sad day that will be for the Obama socialists. Their motto will go from “Sue Me” to “Sorreee,” like my son used to say when he was a child and knew he had done wrong but wouldn’t be punished. For this is how the Obamanistas accomplish their real goal, full government control over health care — or in other words, instead of Patient Power, Sebelius Power.
Finally, it is long past time to hold accountable the real enablers of this rapidly developing decline of America. The real problem is not Obama, or even the Democrats. The real problems are the schemers, scammers and thieves contributing to them, and voting for them.
Obama is going to raise a billion dollars for his reelection? And who exactly is financing this Hugo Chavez-style takeover of America? They need to be held accountable by the targets of Obamunism, which includes not just Catholics, or health insurance companies, or oil companies, or coal companies, or banks, but also small businesses (too bourgeoisie independent), job creators (ditto), investors (rich), homeowners (still too rich), anyone making above average income (anti-social), anyone who has saved any significant money (ditto), and all Bible-believing Christians (worship God rather than the state and their real savior, Obama). Stop patronizing and financing the enablers of your own demise, and of the decline and fall of America. Let them know that what they are doing is dishonorable.
And the voters who think they are entitled to things at your expense, who heedlessly support America’s decline and fall to get their free stuff? Hold them accountable too. If they reject correction, then stop consorting, socializing and tolerating them. Let them know that their fundamental attitude is dishonorable as well.
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?