“Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns.” So observes the much esteemed Mr. Krauthammer in the introduction to his recent book.
We have before us, the politics of rejection in the form of public outrage over ObamaCare, falling Presidential approval and half of us who say the President is not trustworthy and honest. Despite years of lies, deception and the attempt to politically destroy any and all who warned of the outcomes we now face. The over reach is demonstrating that the Emperor is, indeed, naked for all to see.
This particular political moat, this wall, is impending elections. 50 Democrats, in recognition and fear of the anger of the electorate have reversed course to one degree or another. 50 Democrats in fear of their political lives now separate themselves from a law they supported unequivocally, all the time ignorant of what the law actually said and did. They rejected fully, ideas outside of the ideology of central planning and control. The politics of that situation was entirely ideological, the big idea, the political mother lode, the golden ring, unsupported by competence or knowledge and empowered by slim majorities absent even a single vote of support from the loyal opposition.
Politics, now that ObamaCare is failing, demands that it be ‘fixed’ and the scramble is on. We must note that those Democrats, other than the 50, reject the ‘fix’. The reason is simple; those Democrats are either not facing elections or have no fear of not being re-elected. But wait, can a two thousand page law, in place for nearly three years be ‘fixed’ with another set of ill considered options? Experts say no, it cannot. The proposed ‘fixes’ also rely on incompetence and an absence of knowledge of how things really work in the non-ideological world.
The law was written to avoid a ‘fix’, the law was written to avoid electoral jeopardy as each set of key provisions was intended to be implemented after election cycles. But, elections on issues cannot be avoided forever and when failed ideology meets gross incompetence it is only politics that will save us from this particular barbarian.
We have before us the reminder, the reinforcement, that what we think, what we know and how our lives are affected is the political common denominator. We are reminded that polling, letters, phone calls and the expression of opinion remains the true power of our politics.
We should also be reminded that when we suspend skepticism, when we accept political rhetoric at face value, when the degree of complexity passes beyond our ability to absorb it, when we embrace ideology over common sense we have drained the moat and destroyed the wall. …At least temporarily.