Streetwise Professor

December 20, 2009

GBS on the Principles of American Politicians

Filed under: Politics — The Professor @ 9:55 am

Sen. Ben Nelson’s decision to support cloture for the health care bill is about as surprising as the sun’s rise in the east this and every morning.  To expect one politician to play Horatius at the Gate is naive in the extreme, given the threats and blandishments that a committed and cynical Senate leadership and administration can use to cajole and persuade holdouts.

But Nelson’s performance does have its educational value in demonstrating just what passes for political principle. After preening about his moral objections to a health care bill that would pay for abortion, Nelson signed onto a deal that (a) does just that, with the merest “opt out” figleaf for cover, and (b) beggars Nelson’s Nebraska’s 49 neighbors by forcing them to pay for a big chunk of the state’s Medicare obligations.

Which brings to mind the famous anecdote about George Bernard Shaw.  The Irish playwright asked a young, beautiful socialite whether she would sleep with him for a million pounds.  The woman agreed, after which Shaw offered her 10 shillings for the same privilege.  The socialite huffily refused, saying “what do you take me for, a whore?”  To which Shaw said: “We’ve already established that.  We’re just haggling over the price.”

In other words, we now know what his excellency, Sen. Ben Nelson, is, and have established the upper bound on his price.

There is such a weird disconnect between what is going on in the Capitol and what is happening in the country; I’ve never seen the like before.  Although they are not united in their reasons, most Americans left, right, and center are united in their opposition to the bill slouching through the Senate.  Some hate it because it is socialistic.  Some hate it because it is not socialistic enough.  Some hate it because it is burdensomely expensive.  Despite this widespread, and intense, dislike, the bill advances inexorably nonetheless.  It is very difficult to understand how this is in the political interest of those who are pushing it forward, but there it is.

The political consequences of this are likely to be seismic.  It is difficult to fathom what they will be exactly, but the palpable alienation of the public from its ostensible representatives is so extreme, and so unprecedented, that the political fallout will be intense.  Such alienation means that the if the US is not in a pre-revolutionary situation, it is in a pre-pre-revolutionary situation.  Fortunately, our system of regular and frequent elections holds out the prospect of channeling this alienation into constructive political action that will punish those who act with such contempt towards those they purportedly represent.  But since those who disagree with the Reid Monstrosity do so for radically different reasons, this coming election year is likely to be the bitterest in memory, and the losers are unlikely to acquiesce willingly at the outcome.  Given the intensely personal nature of health care, and the government’s involvement therein, this means that decisive election or no, the PPR situation will persist, and could evolve into a PR situation.

In other words, those who believed that Obama’s election would usher in a new Era of Good Feelings were sadly deluded (although that this belief was delusional should have been readily apparent).  We will be lucky if this period is named, by future historians, as the Era of Bad Feelings, because I fear that it could become much worse than that.

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  1. “In other words, those who believed that Obama’s election would usher in a new Era of Good Feelings were sadly deluded”

    Yup. Had they been a majority, Republicans would have introduced Articles of Impeachment as soon as Congress entered session subsequent to Inauguration Day. Fortunately they are reduced to begging the Almighty to keep a Democrat from arriving in time to vote.

    And to see Rove’s dream of a “Permanent Republican majority” come to this. Priceless!

    Comment by rkka — December 22, 2009 @ 7:19 am

  2. Obama is a big-ass mistake.

    He is the first communist president of the Union of Socialist Communist States of America.

    Don’t believe me? Look at Putler and roosha, and look at what Obuma and Reid and Pelosi and Bawney Fwank and the rest of the Dimwitcrats are doing.

    Government Motors is now partly owned by the guvmint, complete with representation on the board. Its head is Ed Whitacre, who had retired from AT&T – a telecom company – and was never involved in the auto business.

    The list goes on.

    Compare to Putler and roosha, where the guvmint owns just slightly over 50% of Gazprom, plus a bunch of other companies, all of which are used to prop up siloviki and Putler.

    Obuman, Reid, Pelosi, Fwank, Schumer, and Nelson looked at roosha, and liked what they saw – a vicious oligarchy dominated by a “strong man.” Plus – only voting, no elections.

    And they promptly set out to do the same in what used to be the United States of America.

    Comment by elmer — December 23, 2009 @ 9:22 am

  3. Everything was supposed to be “transparent” under Obuma – no lobbyists, everything would be on C-SPAN.

    As it turns out, Obuma is the biggest lobbyist of all. Ben Nelson gets paid off, the heck with the rest of the country.

    And where on earth are they going to get the money for all this? They don’t care – Alfred E. Newman is in the White House, and he and his floppy ears are saying “what – me worry?” with a big, serious grin on his face.

    Ukraine is existing now solely on loans from the IMF – the Dimwitcrats saw that and said “we, too” – borrow from China, borrow from everywhere, it doesn’t matter.

    Under the sovok system, everything was done behind the scenes, with the party bosses making public appearances to pat each other on the back and clap for each other like seals.

    The Dimwitcrats saw that, and have adopted it as their own modus operandi, in what used to be the United States.

    Where are the responsible Dimwitcrats? They don’t exist.

    They want to make what used to be the United States of America look like a mixture of something between Ukraine and roosha.

    And they are “succeeding.”

    Comment by elmer — December 23, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  4. Even Poland has more fiscal responsibility than Fwank, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid, Nelson and the rest of the commies that infest the Dimwitcratic party.

    RIP – United States of America.

    Comment by elmer — December 23, 2009 @ 10:33 am

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