Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ObamaCare & Global Warming Frauds Reveal Progressivism's Biggest Flaw

"May You Live In Interesting Times" is an old Chinese proverb that often comes to mind these days because America's Conservatives do indeed live in interesting times.

We live in interesting times when the two biggest Progressive causes advanced into public policy by deceptions are unraveling before our eyes. What two causes are those, do you ask? State control of health care & state control of the energy industries leading to command economies via ObamaCare and Global Warming policies.

NRO contributor Charles C. W. Cooke wrote a thought-provoking column at National Review in which he pointed out many key media figures on the Left are now belatedly admitting that ObamaCare was sold to the country based on lies.

At the same time that ObamaCare's litany of lies are being exposed, we've also been treated to the unraveling of the Left's great Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud. [shortened hereafter to 'AGW Fraud'] Although this might be news to those who only get their information from the usual Politically Correct Sources, it's been admitted by all those who follow the issue that the latest warming trend ceased around 1998. The leak of the Climategate e-mails in 2009 revealed that as early as 2003 the climatologists driving the fraud were well aware of this fact and were discussing among themselves how to keep it hidden even as they spent the next decade shrieking 'DENIALIST!' at anyone who questioned their duplicity.

The biggest flaw of Progressivism which latest events have brought to the fore, is that it's adherents cannot honestly argue for what they want, and thus have to use deception and trickery in order to get a free people to go along with their agenda. And once they get items on their agenda enacted, pretty much whatever they say goes, peasants.

As Charles Krauthammer pointed out in a recent column, right now health insurance in this country is basically whatever Obama & Kathleen Sebilius say it is, according to their political needs of the moment:
Obamacare posed as a free-market alternative to a British-style single-payer system. Then, during congressional debate, the White House ostentatiously rejected the so-called “public option.” But that’s irrelevant. The whole damn thing is the public option. The federal government now runs the insurance market, dictating deadlines, procedures, rates, risk assessments and coverage requirements. It’s gotten so cocky it’s now telling insurers to cover the claims that, by law, they are not required to.

Welcome 2014, our first taste of nationalized health care.
In my opinion the unraveling of AGW Fraud is even bigger than ObamaCare's crashing and burning since that policy push via lie was truly international in nature. The Left has invested almost a decade and a half in selling AGW Fraud with religious fervor from a supposed moral high ground. They have gotten dozens of countries to alter their energy production & consumption.

In fact, if the theory that man-released carbon caused a catastrophic warming trend was true, with all the new carbon humanity put into the atmosphere the past decade, the warming trend should have accelerated, not stopped altogether. Peter Fererra at Forbes explains how sunspot activity and cycling of ocean water explain the natural cooling/warming trends the Earth has undergone as long as it's existed. The perpetrators of this AGW Fraud simply took a natural warming trend and tricked it out into a man-caused disaster in order to push the kinds of socialist policies they wanted to see enacted.

These two frauds sold on lies demonstrate the true nature of Progressivism: that people can't be trusted with the truth. Deep down when they are honest with themselves, Progressives are very well aware that if they are honest from the beginning with those who's lives they mean to control, they'd never get their policies enacted. And so the lies become vitally necessary to the success of the The Glorious Cause. Which is ever and always moving a capitalist country based on freedom of choice and free markets into a top-down socialist command economy with a small set of political elites making all the really important decisions for everyone, economic and otherwise. 

You can only get so far in openly talking people into handing over their rights, liberties and freedom of making their own choices in exchange for really great 'free stuff'. Then you'll have to bring your 'A' game and get really clever in order to fool them into letting you take things further down that road.

Conservatives get roundly pilloried for advocating their actual policy goals while Progressives tell tall tales about theirs and then once they can't deliver the results they promised pretend everybody is upset over nothing and can we please all move on now to the next item on their agenda?

Progressives often win policy disputes because they've learned to dress up their Trojan Horse policies in 'compassion' & 'fairness' language. They care so jolly much more that their dishonestly sold policy just HAS to win out. And because those with alternative policies for addressing the problem don't really 'care' as much as Progressives do, those alternative means of addressing the issue aren't worth a second glance. Why, even discussing other policies or ideas besides the Politically Correct One makes you a hate-filled racist who wants people to die.

"ANYONE who opposes our policy goals wants SICK PEOPLE TO DIE and wants THE EARTH TO BURN UP! They don't CARE about the sick and about the Earth like WE do!"

This is called an 'empathy slander', in which the person distracts you from noticing you are giving up freedom to make your own choices along with crucial rights and liberties because he keeps telling you how much he cares about you. Someone who genuinely cares about you would not keep telling you so over and over again. This is what con men do. Liberals actually try to make this into a criticism about Conservatives, because they don't constantly go around insisting to everyone who will listen how much they CARE.

Progressives make a naked power grab while constantly blathering about just how bloody much they care about everyone and everybody in the whole world-wide world & if you point out what they're doing, they simply howl their fake empathy slander even louder. Once Conservatives & Republicans learn to expose and counter these fake compassion/fairness empathy slanders, they'll have more success in getting their own policies implemented.

As I related in an earlier column, many Progressives are not going to go into a defensive posture as their lies on ObamaCare unravel and certainly not on AGW Fraud. Instead they are simply going to try to distract the country while continuing to demonize their opposition as they put new clothes on the same old policy goals. Whatever it takes to get to a state-controlled economy, that's what they'll pursue. This is why Obama & Co. are desperate at the present time to change the national conversation from their ObamaCare lies & incompetence in implementing it to 'income inequality'. A government cannot dictate what people should earn for their labor without greater control of the economy and the markets. So it's kind of obvious where that national conversation will go if Obama gets his way.

Those who expect the ObamaCare train wreck and the exposure of the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud to automatically accrue dividends for the Right are mistaken. There will be no automatic gains. Any such political gains from Progressives having exposed themselves will have to be earned. If they are allowed to, the Progressive Left shall simply pretend nothing at all was shown about them from the exposure of these two gigantic frauds, and blithely march on. This must not happen. And it'll be up to all of us to keep it from happening.

The problem with the Right, and especially with Republican leadership - as Ann Coulter as noted more than once over her career - is that they are far too nice and polite. This is a time to get in the faces of the Left and make sure there's a full accounting for what's been done in pushing these two Trojan horses on this nation, to it's great detriment.

If you do the polite, low key thing, Progressives will merely move on to other deceptions, cloaking their future Trojan horse policies in compassion/fairness language and selling them fervently and incessantly to the country while the Right stands off to the side politely trying to get some attention. People will be tricked into handing over yet more liberty and allow more stifling government control over their lives because we were too polite to speak up. And speak up loudly.

In short, it's time to get in the faces of the people who got into other people's faces when they were selling these two frauds to the country. And to make sure they get the tongue lashing they so richly deserve.

Not a single person's been fired for ObamaCare's lies yet. Not a single climatologist who conspired to cook the evidence to perpetrate the AGW Fraud on the world has seen the inside of a prison cell yet.

Well maybe we'll never have a full accounting for the damage that's been done. But what we CAN do is make sure these terrible policies are rolled back. And that most Americans never again fall for this Progressive dirty trick of dressing up their socialist Trojan Horse policies in awfully nice sounding compassion/fairness language.

There's much work to be done. Let's get started.


  1. Nice article, Brian. My only quibble would be that the "A" in AGW stands for "anthropogenic"


  2. You're right, correction has been made. I think that's what I typed and the spell checker didn't recognize it, changed it to Anthropocentric.

  3. If they care about the planet or the poor, then they should care about outcomes, not just their intentions.

    1. Why must we automatically grant them good intentions? Why? This is what our side always does. We declare that they have a heart of gold, while they declare we have no heart.

      This does not help us. This makes everyone on the sidelines take a look at both sides and choose to be a liberal instead of a conservative. Choosing to be liberal gets them complimented by both sides. Choosing to be a conservative gets them reviled.

  4. "The problem with the Right, and especially with Republican leadership - as Ann Coulter as noted more than once over her career - is that they are far too nice and polite. This is a time to get in the faces of the Left and make sure there's a full accounting for what's been done in pushing these two Trojan horses on this nation, to it's great detriment. "

    They'll say something like "You bigot. How dare you oppose the rights of others! And how dare you deny the poor food! You want them to starve!"

    Our idea of a comeback is "First of all I believe you have absolutely the best intentions whatsoever and believe wholeheartedly that you are doing the absolute best in the least selfish way possible for everyone else as you are a shining light in the universe that all should look at as an example to be... but on this issue you are wrong."

  5. Let's not forget the slogan, "Not evil, just wrong!" Well, socialism (or collectivism, to be more precise) IS evil, and while most of them deny it (even to themselves) they are smart enough to know that that's what it is.

    This is a great article, but I do have ONE criticism. In one instance, you do ANOTHER thing that many on the Right do, which is to adopt the Left's language. How many use "undocumented immigrants", or even "illegal immigrants", instead of the more correct "illegal aliens", for example? In your case, you have unwittingly (I assume) adopted the use of the term "carbon" instead of "carbon dioxide". The former term is used, of course, to make it sound like filthy soot, instead of the harmless gas that you exhale, and which plants use for food. You're forgiven, but we have to get people out of that habit.


  6. A fine piece about whose lede permit me to quibble. The Chinese "proverb" was much more. It was a curse. And I think we're all feeling a little cursed these days, so thanks for the charm.