Sorry, but I can’t allow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ statement that “we have a lot of re-education to do” slip by without comment. It’s amusing when avowed leftists don’t even recognize the Marxist buzzwords they’re sputtering.
Sebelius is attributing the public’s vehement opposition to Obamacare to “misinformation given on a 24/7 basis. … Unfortunately,” she said, “there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in (the Obamacare law) and what isn’t.” She is especially peeved about the vulnerability of seniors, who “have been a target of a lot of the misinformation.” (The target of Obama’s misinformation, perhaps.)
The most remarkable thing is that Sebelius didn’t actually use the term “re-education” accidentally or out of school. Perhaps unwittingly, she’s quite comfortable using a term long associated with tyrannical regimes. As one of Obama’s chief lieutenants, she obviously believes this administration knows better than the public what is good for them.
Indeed, one of the ongoing ironies of liberalism is that it holds itself out as open-minded, democratic and representative of the common man, when it is more comfortable dictating to and indoctrinating the masses. Just look at our universities alone if you need quick, verifiable proof. But let’s consider a few other examples of this administration’s employing that mindset.
When an audience member at a forum at the Kennedy School of Government told Obama adviser and close confidant Valerie Jarrett that Obama’s ideas are too complex to be digested by the unwashed, she didn’t protest. The participant affectionately proposed that the White House express its ideas in an easier-to-comprehend form, such as printing simple booklets — I assume replete with large print and colorful pictures.
Unflinching, Jarrett agreed it was a jolly idea. “Everyone understood hope and change,” she said (NO, THEY DIDN’T), because “they were simple. … Part of our challenge is to find a very simple way of communicating. … When I first got here, people kept talking about ‘cloture’ and ‘reconciliation’ and ‘people don’t know what that’s talking about.'” Then, the kicker, “There’s nobody more self-critical than President Obama. Part of the burden of being so bright is that he sees his error immediately.” How lonely it must be for these people at their perch high above the masses.
Then there’s Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who, in gloating that he is part of a “transformational administration,” intends to “coerce people out of their cars.” Does it bother him that he’s basically using government to dictate to people how they should behave? Are you kidding? When asked about such unseemly government intrusion, he cavalierly replied, “About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives.” He continued, “I think we can change people’s behavior.”
Then there is the president himself. After his policy agenda was soundly repudiated with the victory of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, instead of showing contrition or promising to modify Obamacare to more closely align with the people’s will, he became further entrenched. He said, “I want everyone to take another look at the plan we’ve proposed.” He also said he just hadn’t talked enough about his plan, which left me wondering where “Saturday Night Live’s” writers were.
With this administration, what we’re seeing is not just an arrogant contempt for the cognitive ability and will of the American people but also a cynical determination to manipulate its will through indoctrination, selective suppression of speech, and trickery.
Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, wrote a Harvard Law Review article advocating “cognitive infiltration,” which amounts to the government’s use of phony websites and 501(c)(3) groups to masquerade as independent supporters of government policies and trolling opposing websites to pepper them with pro-administration posts. In this way, the government can manipulate public opinion surreptitiously, all for the greater societal good, as defined by Obama/Sunstein liberals. Even certain fellow liberal journalists have described this suggestion as “truly pernicious.”
And let’s not forget recent Obama Supreme Court appointee Elena Kagan’s advocating the government’s “unskewing” of speech that she and her fellow liberals believe harmful, i.e., conservative speech.
I truly hope people understand that Kathleen Sebelius’ comment was neither offhanded nor out of line with the administration’s MO; it was right in line with the administration’s Orwellian approach to top-down, autocratic governance.
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