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When The Bleeding Heart Becomes The Iron Fist

 

Whatever the perceived shortcomings of Ted Cruz and his hardy band of stalwarts, they’ve performed a remarkable public service by highlighting the fate that awaits all who rub wrongly the translucently thin skin of King Barack the Petulant. The Spartans may have had their shields, Native Americans their tomahawks and arrows, the Samurai may have wielded his sword with all the deadly grace of a tiger in mid-attack, but pound for pound, nothing comes close to the audacious stupidity of “Barrycades” and people in pointy little Smokey the Bear hats, poised to protect America’s monuments from law-abiding citizens.

Welcome to liberal utopia, where barriers are not erected against terrorists or illegal aliens on our nation’s borders, but rather against citizens, and where wheelchair-bound veterans enroute to honor their comrades face tighter security than terrorists enroute to murder a US Ambassador. This is where up is down, wrong is right, illegality is celebrated as progress, and where Constitutionalism is derided as racist. No longer relegated to the fever swamps of academic fancy, utopia has acquired real estate and made known its demands.

“Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual…” the First Lady warned us, and she wasn’t just whistling Alinsky either. Under King Barack’s Reign of Error, your life is no longer your own, for you are now commanded to enter into private contracts by virtue of your simple existence on the planet. Why? Because our Sovereign and his fellow travelers are compassionate, of course. Their hearts bleed for you,…almost as much as your pocketbook will bleed for them.

If you suffered the fate of MSNBC’s anchorwoman, you were lucky. Mara Schiavocampo found the Obamacare website impenetrable, throwing in the towel on live television after 35 minutes and saying, “If I were signing up for myself, this is where my patience would be exhausted.” Unhappily, it isn’t just the citizen’s patience that is being exhausted, as Eric Levy of Seattle, Washington discovered.

Eric, who felt his previous insurance was too costly, managed to access Washington Health Benefit Exchange, where he was confronted with the fiction of the President’s sales pitch that insurance would become more affordable. “It’s another $500 a month that you have to think about how you’re going to pay for,” said Eric, adding, “The real thing that jumped out at me is all of a sudden I’m required to have maternity coverage.”

Even in our enlightened age of trans-gendered confusion, one has to grant that the odds of Eric getting knocked up are pretty slim, but Obamacare is a collective baby with an insatiable appetite for our money on one end and little sense of responsibility at the other.

From the Obamacare Facebook page, we read still more reviews on the efforts of our benevolent masters: 

The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does give an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2,500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.87 a month!!!! So compare my old plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% coverage for $945 a month. This is only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!

Or: 

I am so disappointed. These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this! 

What happened to the Yes We Can chorus? Then there’s the single mother of two who works full time and says she earns 75 percent less than the poverty level:

Are you [expletive] kidding me???? Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this “bronze” health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening.

Not to worry, Ma’am, because in utopia, it’s the intention that counts. You’ve only to see the obvious empathy in Barack Obama’s eyes, which is especially visible in the morning when he’s freshly rested from a vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. He must care after all, otherwise he wouldn’t punish so severely those who resist his tender advances on their “lives as usual,” to use Mrs. Obama’s ominous phraseology.

Please note that when the people’s representatives actually represent their constituents, the majority of whom want nothing to do with the wretched and wretchedly mis-named Affordable Care Act, it is the people who must be punished. Can you believe that men who conquered Nazi Germany’s barricades on the beach at Normandy 69 years ago actually faced barricades from their own damned government? Can you believe that Vietnam vets, many of whom were rebuked for their service, were removed from their memorial by the police? Do the men and women who are ordered to move against law abiding veterans have no soul?

Lincoln-Memorial-Shut-Down.jpgThe federal government has shut down some 17 times previously, and at no time were these memorials closed. Is our Sovereign so besotted with power, has his impudent leftism so robbed him of reason that he fails to understand what is so obvious: That in barricading Americans from memorials and icons that stand as testimony to an exceptional culture founded precisely on liberty from oppressive government, he perfectly validates the arguments of the right?

As one member on Ricochet commented, this is no longer about Ted Cruz. It’s no longer about the animadversions of establishment Republicans who have only to see their political shadow before becoming alarmed and settling in for six more months of concessions to the statist. This is about an arrangement the President and his party mean to consummate with the American people; an illusory promise to take care of us in exchange for our abject obedience and subservience. But as the examples cited above show, it is only the subservience that is achieved.

From barricading memorials to the closing of a private inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from threatening Catholic military chaplains with arrest should they celebrate mass on Sunday to taking care of back pay for federal workers at the expense of everyone else, the bleeding heart has become, as it inevitably will, an iron fist. Here and there resistance is bubbling to the surface, with Governor Walker in Wisconsin defying federal orders to close seven state-owned forests and recreation areas, and private citizens rallying to escort veterans to and from their memorials.

What began as an effort to reverse a draconian law that even now exacts a high toll in terms of jobs lost and skyrocketing premiums, has become a contest of wills in which a President instructs his apparatchiks to inflict as much pain on the citizenry as possible. Chiefly instructive in all this is the salient reality that any person capable of wielding the instrumentalities of the state in a despotic manner in the present, will prove equally capable in the future when he controls your health care.

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  1. Profile photo of Old Buckeye Inactive

    Dave, you really know how to pull back the curtain. Sending this on to everyone on my e-mail list.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 3:55 am
  2. Profile photo of Derek Simmons Member

    Can you believe that men who conquered Nazi Germany’s barricades on the beach at Normandy 69 years ago actually faced barricades from their own damned government? Can you believe that Vietnam vets, many of whom were rebuked for their service, were removed from their memorial by the police? Do the men and women who are ordered to move against law abiding veterans have no soul?

    Of course they have a soul, but after all…..they were just following orders….

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    • October 6, 2013 at 4:48 am
  3. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher
    Annefy: I am with you Nick. If I wasn’t 3,000 miles away I would have been at the national mall this a.m. What options are you considering? · 11 hours ago

    Helping with legal expenses, donations to support groups that act to keep the memorials on the National Mall open are all that immediately come to mind.

    Here’s where leadership comes in. Solitary Rosa Parks-like refusal to move to the back of the bus is unlikely to have any result besides an arrest record. If some leaders (like congress critters perhaps) would step up and say “Enough, this monument stays open and I’m staying here to make sure it does” then there would be people who’d follow. 

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    • October 6, 2013 at 5:36 am
  4. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    How many of us have the courage to push back beyond tweets? I’m thinking over the options.

    • #4
    • October 6, 2013 at 5:40 am
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    iWe

    MAGNIFICENT!

    • #5
    • October 6, 2013 at 5:47 am
  6. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Obamanation.

    • #6
    • October 6, 2013 at 5:50 am
  7. Profile photo of Wylee Coyote Member

    This isn’t an essay, it’s a battle hymn.

    • #7
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:02 am
  8. Profile photo of Joan of Ark La Tex Member

    As someone who has lived most of my life outside America, understand first hand how communism destroyed my parents’ homeland. On days like this, I weep for America, for my children and their future. 

    Thank you for this patriotic song.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:05 am
  9. Profile photo of Annefy Member

    I am with you Nick. If I wasn’t 3,000 miles away I would have been at the national mall this a.m. What options are you considering?

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:05 am
  10. Profile photo of Vance Richards Member

    Statues, mountains, and oceans do not require paid employees to be open (although you do have to pay quite a bit to close them). Volunteers serving mass do not cause budget overruns. So why are we pretending the government shutdown is the cause of these things? These closures are not related to government funding, there are just a way for a small petty child to say “Waaaaahhh!!”

    If that is the way the President is going to act, how long until he remembers that the Interstate Highway System is federal project? Orange cones from coast to coast with little signs that say “Blame the Republicans.”

    • #10
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:05 am
  11. Profile photo of tigerlily Member

    Great essay Dave.

    • #11
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:06 am
  12. Profile photo of Susan in Seattle Member

    Thank you. Simply marvelous.

    • #12
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:11 am
  13. Profile photo of Barbara Kidder Member

    You have the most incredible skill which enables you to pull together hard, dry facts (without exaggeration) and then combining them with your colorful, literary and historical analogies, to give us a most delightful but demonic picture essay on the excesses of the ‘Obama reign’!

    • #13
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:11 am
  14. Profile photo of Blue State Blues Member

    Dave, once again you have absolutely hit the nail on the head. Are the LIVs paying attention to what Obama is doing? I have doubts.

    • #14
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:14 am
  15. Profile photo of Jim Lion Inactive

    You say it all, and so well. I’m proud to call myself a new Ricochetti today!

    • #15
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:21 am
  16. Profile photo of George Savage Admin

    Amen, Brother Dave.

    And this may be just the beginning.

    In a couple of weeks, it is easy to imagine President Obama ordering Secretary Lew to default on federal debt service rather than trim spending, creating the “economic shutdown” the president warns of and evidently craves. How better to inflict maximum punishment on the citizenry for electing a Republican-controlled House of Representatives?

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:24 am
  17. Profile photo of garyinabq Member

    Near where I work is the TA truckstop at I-25 and I-40 in Albuquerque. I always look over at the parking area to see if Dave’s truck is there. Haven’t seen it yet, but just knowing this prophetic soul is out there makes me feel a little better that day.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:27 am
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    Dave Carter

    Welcome to liberal utopia, where barriers are not erected against terrorists or illegal aliens on our nation’s borders, but rather against citizens, and where wheelchair-bound veterans enroute to honor their comrades face tighter security than terrorists enroute to murder a US Ambassador.

    Veterans are not so easily cowed by Park Police barricades. When faced with this:

    iwo-jima-memorial-blocked-off-550x412.jpg

    Wheelchair-bound veterans had their own response.

    “The Syracuse Honor Flight just knocked down the barrier and a couple hundred of them are at the Memorial now.”

    Syracuse-Honor-Flight-Vets-550x380.jpg

    Will we heed this example of steadfast resolve? Or meekly submit to this Administration’s dictats? 

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:31 am
  19. Profile photo of Pat Sajak Contributor

    You write so much better than I drive!

    • #19
    • October 6, 2013 at 6:36 am
  20. Profile photo of George Savage Admin

    Tweet of the day:

    Tom McCammon @TomMcCammon

    Let’s rename our southern border the Mexican-American War Memorial, so Obama will put a fence around it.

    (H/T Rick Wilson)

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:36 am
  21. Profile photo of Kay of MT Member

    I have posted this to a blog in my home town newspaper, and hope the Editor will publish it as a “Guest Opinion.” Would that be okay with you Dave?

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:37 am
  22. Profile photo of Finster Inactive

    Absolutely Brilliant !! This post should be sent to every Republican member of Congress

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:41 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    Pat Sajak: You write so much better than I drive! · 2 minutes ago

    Well, I’ve never seen you drive, but I understand you’re a man of letters yourself.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:46 am
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    Dave Carter Post author
    George Savage: Tweet of the day:

    Tom McCammon @TomMcCammon

    Let’s rename our southern border the Mexican-American War Memorial, so Obama will put a fence around it.

    (H/T Rick Wilson) · 9 minutes ago

    Oh I really like this….

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:46 am
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    Nanda Panjandrum

    Truth, Dave…

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    • October 6, 2013 at 6:53 am
  26. Profile photo of Skyler Member

    Just to be clear, they did not threaten to arrest chaplains. They are contracted civilian priests.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 7:11 am
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    Anonymous
    We received our Obamacare letter in with the last paycheck. I was confused at first because it was labeled, ‘Health Insurance Marketplace’. I have not seen that title in any article and why not?Very Orwellian. 
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    • October 6, 2013 at 7:15 am
  28. Profile photo of Doug Kimball Member

    While we see the cruel vindictiveness, the utter contempt in posts on our facebook pages, it took Obama, the impudent, to rally these unknowing statists to uncivil action. We see it in the IRS scandal, in the EPA’s threats, in the FMCSA (for you, Dave), in this reaction to the proposed CR and throughout the federal leviathan. There is a great desire with those now in power on the Left to push hard to achieve their “Imagine’d” utopia and if in the process all elements of resistance must be silenced or crushed, then that is OK. In fact, one may as well enjoy the spectacle of victory. But we all know that their fantasy is built on a foundation of jealousy, spite and covetousness and in the end, any movement bent on taking that which belongs to others, regardless of intentions for the spoils, is an essential affront to liberty. Every tyrant who has ever lived first took power, then property, then liberty and, finally either directly or by draining the soul, life, in that order. “Fairness” is Obama’s rallying cry, but punishment is his objective. This is the ugly face of tyranny.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 7:15 am
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    Dave Carter Post author

    Kay of MT, that would be wonderful, and thank you very much.

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    • October 6, 2013 at 7:19 am
  30. Profile photo of Roberto Inactive
    Skyler: Just to be clear, they did not threaten to arrest chaplains. They are contracted civilian priests. · 19 minutes ago

    Details matter, but how is this any less venal?

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    • October 6, 2013 at 7:47 am
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