Friday, August 21, 2009

Political philosophy of insurance reform opponents

Opponents of insurance reform continue to equate the Obama administration's plans to Naziism. A letter in this morning's News-Record is a great example. The letter criticized Rabbi Fred Guttman's call for protestors to stop using the "Nazi" label so carelessly. The letter begins
Rabbi Guttman declares he is offended by a health care reform protester carrying a sign that equated the proposal with National Socialism. But a federal takeover of our health care system — 8 percent of the U.S. economy, according to Guttman — would be both national and socialistic. So, the protester has a point.
This is a clever parsing of words. However, what would happen if we used a similar parsing to examine the political philosophy of the reform opponents?

First, despite their mob tactics and their insistence on bringing guns to protests, the opponents do claim to be on the side of democracy.

Second, the protestors appear to be people, as far as I can tell.

Third, most appear to be Republicans. In fact, some of the protests have paused to pledge allegiance to a republic.

When you put these elements together, it's abundantly clear that the opponents are expressing support for a Democratic People's Republic, possibly along the lines of North Korea.

Not convinced? Have you asked an opponent of insurance reform his or her opinion of the U.N.? Isn't it uncanny how they mindlessly ditto the expressions of their self-obsessed and paranoid leader? By opposing reform, don't they want many of us to be Il?