Is Obama telling a true story or not? I don’t know and with Obama’s credibility gap, it’s impossible to tell. It doesn’t matter, though. What does matter is that, by relaying this anecdote, Obama is keeping alive the Obama/Hitler analogy:
President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner last night, discussing false claims made about the health care reform bill, told a little anecdote.
“I was up at the G20 — just a little aside — I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them,” the president said. “One of the leaders — I won’t mention who it was — he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind.
“He says, ‘Barack, explain to me this health care debate.’
“He says, ‘We don’t understand it. You’re trying to make sure everybody has health care and they’re putting a Hitler mustache on you — I don’t — that doesn’t make sense to me. Explain that to me.’”
You and I aren’t dumb. We know Obama told this anecdote to a black group as a way to make it clear that, all he’s trying to do is help poor folk (read: black folk) and he, a black man, is subject to the ultimate insult of being called Hitler.
Not that my blog has any impact on Obama and his acolytes, but let me try to set things straight for Obama and that “world leader.” There is actually a legtimate reason why some (although by no means all, or even a critical mass) of ObamaCare opponents like ObamaCare to Nazi social policy and, therefore, liken Obama, the driving force behind ObamaCare, to Hitler, the driving force behind Naziism. (And I’m NOT defending the use of the Obama/Hitler meme, I’m just explaining it.) Although the historically ignorant keep trying to deny it, Naziism was a Leftism philosophy. The party’s official name was the National Socialist Party. Socialists socialize things: they take whatever they can out of the private sector and put it into the government sector. The more they take, the more control they have over their citizens.
Obama’s self-serving and vicious little anecdote aside, the ObamaCare issue is not about “mak[ing] sure everybody has health care.” Putting aside the question of whether that’s even the government’s responsibility, there are actually lots of ways to make sure everybody has health care without giving the government more power. Instead, there are myriad possible ways to expand health care that specifically result from giving the government less power. You can create greater competition by allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, which would lower prices; you can decrease the thousands of regulations that hamper the sale of insurance and the practice of medicine; you can stop requiring insurer’s to sell premium insurance to everyone, whether they need or want it; you can put a cap on outrageous malpractice claims; you can take employers out of the equation so that individuals shop for health insurance just as they do for all other forms of insurance; and so on and so forth.
Alternative, to expand health care, you can do what Obama and his fellow socialists want and take over the medical system, making it a branch of the government. In that way, you can monitor how people work, what they eat, what they drink, how they exercise, perhaps how they procreate, whether babies deserve to be born, etc. That’s rather extreme, but we know that, in even the most unextreme cases, rather like Santa doling out presents based on whether people have been naughty or nice, the government can start to dole out health care to those the government deems worthy — the young and productive. The British have certainly gone this route. While the average young or middle-aged Brit gets decent enough service for colds and appendix attacks, woe unto the Brit who reaches a hoary old age or gets a fatal disease. If you’re salvageable, the care is adequate. If you’re not, tough luck. That’s a slippery slope.
If you travel far enough down that slippery slope of government decisions about deserving sick people, you start getting to the Nazis. No, Obama is not Hitler. No, the Democrats are not Nazis. But government health care opens the door to rationing on an extreme scale, with ever more categories of people classes as undeserving of government beneficence and, eventually, undeserving of life itself. (My great uncle went that way: A manic depressive one day; a Nazi created corpse the next.) And once a government starts deciding that people are undeserving of life for health reasons (they’re a burden, not a benefit, to the state), government has a nasty habit of deciding that people are undeserving of life for other reasons, such as ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, etc.
Americans are a freedom loving people. While Ken Burns may think that the only good idea ever to come out of America is the National Park system (this is true, ’cause his new show is named The National Parks : America’s Best Idea), I’d like to go out on a limb here and suggest that America’s best idea is limited government, with its emphasis an individual freedom and responsiblity. History has shown, over and over, that unlimited government is a slippery slope, and whether one dresses Obama up as Clement Atlee, or Harold Wilson, or Mao, or Hitler (the most recognizable one of the bunch), the point is the same — like them, and possibly with the best intentions in the world, Obama wants to limit Americans’ freedoms by making every fact of American life subject to government mandate.
When Obama, speaking to a black audience, uses a “world leader” as his ventriloquist’s dummy to imply that conservatives are calling him Hitler because he’s a black man who wants to improve poor/black people’s lives, he is being dishonest or disingenuous. The relatively small number of protesters who have made the Hitler analogy, while they definitely made a PR mistake, used the analogy to drive home a point about the ultimate dangers that can arise when we let government grow too big, and they’ve used the most memorable and recognizable symbol around to make that point.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News