In a recent column, I spoke about what I considered a new paradigm emerging in Washington, D.C.: neither the president nor the Democratically-controlled Congress find it necessary to disguise, hide or feel ashamed about their overt corruption. Nothing exemplifies this any better than the latest health care bribe: unionized workers, including government workers, will be exempt from the "Cadillac Tax" imposed on everyone else.
Remember, this is the same bunch of Congressional hooligans, led by the Hooligan-in-Chief, who respectively promised to run the "most ethical Congress in history" and "bring Americans together." As most Americans now knowincluding some previously comatose hope-and-changerspromises made by this president and this Congress are utterly worthless. They will say absolutely anything to get what they want, and even when they are taken to task for their overt lying, their reaction can be summed up in two words:
That, my friends, is a new paradigm.
Thus, the idea of granting blatantly special favors to certain constituencies requires no explanation. Thug government does what it wants, when it wants, and if playing one group of Americans off other groups gets the country another step closer to socialized medicine, so be it. Perhaps, in the Bizzaro world occupied by such ethically-challenged reprobates, such behavior equals does indeed transparent government: we are openly corrupt, therefore we are transparent.
Campaign promise kept, after all.
There is a possible bright spot on the horizon. Ironically, it is Democrats themselves, suffused with the kind of stupidity that unbridled arrogance begets, who have created it. Here's a hint: trumpeting a union exemption for health care taxes could have been done just as easily this Wednesday, as opposed to last week. The difference? Shoving it in the electorate's face after Tuesday's Senate election in Massachusetts would have made a lot more sense for Democrats looking to secure "Ted Kennedy's seat" for their filibuster-proof 60th vote on health care.
How delicious would it be if this latest example of corruptive cronyism is the tipping point for Bay State voters in this toss-up election, and the bluest blue state in the country sends Republican Scott Brown to the Senate?
Against all odds, it's a distinct possibility. And make no mistake: for Democrats it would be an unmitigated disaster, the proverbial shot across the bowcourtesy of the same state which gave another group of arrogant political hacks a well-deserved smack-down back in 1773, known as the Boston Tea Party.
Perhaps this is what Mr. Arrogance himself, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), had in mind when he called Scott Brown a "far-right teabagger." Way to "bring Americans together," Chuck.
Ironically, he and his fellow Democrats are doing just that. In my fifteen years of political commentary, I have never seen the public more unitedin disgust and anger with their government. Certainly anger has always been a staple of the American left, for whom this country is a tragically flawed nation requiring their morally "superior" ministrations for national "salvation." But when Grandma and Grandpa are flexing their arthritic joints and shuffling down to a town hall meeting, when soccer moms are socking it to their elected representatives, and dedicated couch potatoes are aroused enough to get off the Barcaloungers, watch out.
The Silent Majority is clearing its throat. Here's hoping the roar from Massachusetts is deafening.
Postscript: after this column was written, I watched a video of MSNBC's Ed Schultz talking about the election. Here's what he said regarding the possibility of a Brown victory:
"I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts I'd try to vote 10 times. I don't know if they'd let me or not, but I'd try to. Yeah, that's right. I'd cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. 'Cause that's exactly what they are."
Three questions come to mind:
1. Will even a single prominent Democrat repudiate such an odious statement?
2. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but is this what passes for professionalism on MSNBC?
3. How many other liberals, including those of the "ACORN variety," also believe cheating in an election is perfectly acceptablebecause the ends justify the means?
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