Ultimate Schadenfreude: Democrat is Twice Bitten, Not Shy

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke   11/17/14
There’s stupid. There’s really stupid. There’s really, really stupid. Then there’s Democrat stupid. A prime example is a Friday Wall Street Journal article titled “This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare.” It’s penned by one Burke Beu, someone I describe as “ethnically Democrat,” as he says “I grew up in a Democratic family. I have been a registered Democrat since age 18.” He also tells us, “[I was] a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state. I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns. The 2014 election results were extremely disappointing for me….”

And, of course, Mr. Beu has soured on ObamaCare. In fact, he wants it repealed. All good so far. Except that he doesn’t have any explicitly harsh words for Obama, hasn’t given up on his party, wants a single-payer system and seems to believe Hillary Clinton is the solution in 2016. (Note: In fairness, Clinton is different from Obama — she has two X chromosomes.) But here are the money lines:

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, then lost my job in the Great Recession. I was lucky; my brother lost his job and his house. I survived on part-time jobs while paying out-of-pocket for my health insurance.

I voted for President Obama again in 2012, then received a cancellation notice for my health insurance. This was due to ObamaCare, the so-called Affordable Care Act. However, I couldn’t afford anything else.

Does this guy wear a “Kick me” sign?

Nah.

He wears a “Kick me harder” sign.

There’s a saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” What do you say about a guy whose life consists of being fooled?

Beu believes Medicare should be “a model for health-care reform” and says “We Democrats need to get over ourselves, start anew on a national health-care policy, and return to our progressive principles.”

Actually, sir, you need to get over your party.

First, “progressive principles” is an oxymoron; liberals don’t have principles, but provisional positions. This is because they’re governed by emotion, which changes with the wind. As G.K. Chesterton put it, “Progress is a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative.” No, I won’t explain that, Mr. Beu. You figure it out.

Beu also mentions the “stupidity of the American voter” remark by ObamaCare designer Jonathan Gruber, taking umbrage and saying “Such comments…are insults to every citizen regardless of party.” So Goober is offended by Gruber.

And Beu is one of those very “useful” people. He doesn’t get that elitist snobbery and superciliousness define the left. Just think of the revelations about socialist French president François Hollande, who is “a cold, cynical cheat and a Socialist who ‘doesn’t like the poor,’” writes National Post about insights provided by the leftist’s ex-girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler. “He presents himself as the man who doesn’t like the rich. In reality, the president doesn’t like the poor” and in private calls them “the toothless ones,” reports Trierweiler. Oh, too anecdotal? “Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned”? Then read the 2008 piece “Don’t listen to the liberals — Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows.” It relates what some of us without “Kick me” signs figured out for ourselves long ago.

Beu also says, when pointing out that Democrats need to exhibit humility and admit error on ObamaCare, “We resent Republicans who act morally superior and pretend to have a monopoly on patriotism, but….”

It’s not pretense, Bucko. As this Pew poll from this summer shows, while 72 percent of “steadfast conservatives” and 81 percent of “business conservatives” “often feel proud to be American,” only 40 percent of “solid liberals” do. That, Mr. Beu, is by liberals’ own admission. (Pew also has a category in the poll called “Faith and Family Left.” I’ve never heard of such a thing — unless it refers to faith in government and the family of the person the liberal is cheating on his spouse with.)

Note also that when liberals and conservatives don’t feel proud to be American, it’s for very different reasons. Liberals don’t like what America was, was meant to be, and what they often imagine it to be (“We’re so Puritan!”); conservatives don’t like the cesspool the liberals are turning it into.

I know schadenfreude isn’t a feeling reflective of a charitable spirit, but the best I can say about the Beus of the world is that they need tough love. Mr. Beu reminds me of a guy who’s being held by the back of the neck, is being repeatedly and violently kicked, and complains about how something needs to be done about the foot. Tend to the foot. Regulate the foot. Repeal the foot.

Mr. Beu, that foot happens to be attached to a man, a being with intellect and free will. And he is not your friend.


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6 Responses to Ultimate Schadenfreude: Democrat is Twice Bitten, Not Shy

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    The problem is that most loyal Democrats are Beus — reflexively committed to trust in the Party and the Leader no matter how many lies he’s caught in. He actually is a tad better than the usual — I suspect most refuse even to believe the flaws of Obamacare and the revelations of Gruberscam. But the point of the Outer Party is to believe whatever the Inner Party tells them to believe, to think whatever it tells them to think, to say whatever it tells them to say, and to do whatever it tells them to do. But it does save them from having to think for themselves.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      But the point of the Outer Party is to believe whatever the Inner Party tells them to believe, to think whatever it tells them to think, to say whatever it tells them to say, and to do whatever it tells them to do. But it does save them from having to think for themselves.

      The most crass example of this behaviour is that of Western communists and their fellow travelers after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty signed shortly before the German attack on Poland.

      The Soviet Union had been vilifying Nazi Germany for years prior to the signing of this pact, but turned on a dime in 1939. Many Western Leftists suffered vertigo, but toed the party line.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        And they repeated that performance in reverse on June 22, 1941. I gather that American Communist Party propaganda that day was almost identical to the scene in 1984 in which an IngSoc speaker has to switch in mid-sentence from attacking Eurasia to attacking new enemy Eastasia.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    We can think of this in light of past examples of Outer Party behavior, such as the 2000 election dispute. To start with, the Gore campaign denounced the ballot design in Palm Beach county, even though such ballots are used in many places successfully. On the Friday after the election, it was pointed out to the Gore spokesliar (one of the Daleys, I don’t remember which) that they were even used in his home city, Chicago. So he stopped attacking the design — but the campaign never took back their attacks on the ballots, and their followers continued to believe the discredited accusations. It occurred to me that they were simply following the Party Line — and as long as the Party Line didn’t actually change, they would continue to follow the old one. This is why they continue to tell such blatant lies about Gruberscam — they know that their base voters will believe whatever they say regardless of contrary evidence.

  3. It is dumbfounding that refusal to think, to look at facts, to face reality. Such gullibility, on display where ever there are Democrats, leaves me speechless — thanks for saying what we’re all thinking. This was a really fun read.

  4. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    Good analysis, Selwyn. We see in Burke Beu the stubborn refusal to give up on the collectivist idea, no matter how many times it fails, that afflicts almost every Leftist. Delving deeply in Leftist psychology is an endeavor for another day, but I think the answer is basically the Leftist’s sense of virtue and self-esteem is dependent upon his holding the “right” political views. Thus, to admit error in those views threatens the Leftist’s sense of self-worth. It is in fact so threatening that it must be rejected – it can’t be wrong to advocate government-controlled health care, because that would make the Leftist a bad person.

    Conservatives are far different. We know that our moral stature depends on our actions, and to the extent that politics enters into it, since we hold individual freedom as our basic political principle, we hold the moral high ground politically. Therefore we could be wrong on some minor single issue without our sense of self-worth being threatened. So not only are Conservatives smarter than Leftists, we’re much healthier mentally as well!

    The other lesson to be learned from this is that Lefty is ineducable and we need to stop trying to convince him we’re right. We need only to convince him that we insist on his recognizing our rights as a condition of remaining in the same society with him. Either he agrees to give up on most of the Progressive project, or we walk out on him and leave him to starve.

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