A certain kind of macabre curiosity came over me tonight when I returned from my run, so I turned on the Idiot Box to see the idiots in Denver. Hillary was speaking. She wore the orange pantsuit, which is the color I thought she might pick when I saw the assortment earlier in the day on Drudge. Orange is so Hillary. It’s loud, obnoxious, and matches almost nothing else.
I soon came to regret my inability to avoid rubbernecking at the scene of the Democratic demolition derby. Hillary talked about unity, then Obama, then herself. And more of herself, and then a little more. When she finally finished talking about herself (at least for tonight), she went on to a laundry list of half-truths and distortions which support the Democratic-socialist world view.
Helping people. That’s what the rest of Hillary’s speech was about. Helping the helpless. When I was still a Republican, I would always listen to this stuff with a slight sense of fear that I might be converted. That’s because Republicans and Democrats share the same assumption: the State is the ultimate guarantor of well-being. The Republicans do not agree with the scope or degree of the Democratic program, but nevertheless, they will concede a role for the State in this regard. Now that I have disabused myself of this nonsense, I can now watch with a more casual disposition, and it becomes much more entertaining.
Take one issue: universal health care. The Democrats talk about this as though it will save everyone from medical hardship. Well, here’s a story: A while ago I was helping a friend who was pushed out of the hospital much too quickly after major surgery. He really should not have been going home so soon. But the HMO pushed him out. My friend happens to be all for universal health care (and for Hillary). I told him, Look, if you think you were pushed out in a hurry now, wait until the government is running this stuff and is trying to cut corners. And that’s even before we think about all the people who die every year waiting for medical service under State-sponsored health care.
Talking about this stuff makes certain types of well-meaning people feel good. But it won’t work. Socialism doesn’t work. That’s why the Eastern bloc was poor during the Cold War, while the definition of “poor” in the West includes households that have three Idiot Boxes.
Perhaps the most troublesome thing about this whole spectacle, though, was the way in which the Senator “from” New York talked about the American people. She made it sound like the vast majority of Americans are utterly helpless, completely at the mercy of fate when it comes to their success–or, more to her point, at the mercy of the State. God save us from such utter doom.
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