Tags: Ideology, ObamaCare, Philosophy, principle, shutdown, tea party, Ted Cruz, Walter Hudson
by Walter Hudson - PJ Media - October 18, 2013
As the federal government shutdown drama wrapped up, I asked if the Tea Party just wants to watch the world burn. Motivating that question was an observed division among activists on the Right between those seeking to work within the system to elect majorities and those seeking to “fight” at any electoral cost.
The latter faction claims exclusive title to principle. Over and over again, leading up to and during the shutdown, we were told that a vote for a continuing resolution which did not defund Obamacare was “a vote to fund Obamacare.” In other words, we were told that you cannot claim to oppose a policy on principle if you take an action which acquiesces to it.
As logical as it may sound on first pass, that premise deserves to be challenged. If universally applied, it establishes a standard which precisely no one can meet. No elected official, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz, can claim to have never taken an action which supports an institution or policy violating their principles. No resident of this country can either.
Tags: Atlas Shrugged, Dagney Taggart, John Galt, ObamaCare, tea party, Ted Cruz
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – October 17, 2013
Spoiler Alert: Key plot elements of Atlas Shrugged discussed below.
In Ayn Rand’s influential novel Atlas Shrugged, a tension builds between Dagny Taggart, partial heir and productive heart of her family’s railroad company, and an enigmatic figure known as John Galt. Both uphold the principle of individual rights, believing that men ought to be free to apply their own judgment to achieve their own values in pursuit of their own happiness. Both believe that men ought to deal with each other through reason, persuasion, and consent. Both oppose evermore egregious encroachments by a state which throttles the productivity of individuals and threatens the general welfare of the nation. The tension between Dagny and Galt arises from a difference not in principle, but in methodology.
Tags: ayn rand, Barack Obama, Fascism, Jason Lewis, ObamaCare, Ruling, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, tea party, Thomas Sowell, Yaron Brook
It is important to recall that the original Tea Party, that historical revolt against what we might today call “crony capitalism,” was an early milestone in the development of the American Revolution. It was not the end. Indeed, the Boston Tea Party triggered increasingly audacious response from the crown. There were the aptly named Coercive and Intolerable Acts which, among other things, attempted to end commerce in Boston to extort compliance with mandates. The goal of liberty was not reached without a broadening of protest and the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
It would be wishful thinking for us to imagine an easier path to liberty today. So we were abruptly reminded by Thursday’s breathtaking Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare. The protests of the past three years, including the election of alleged Tea Party conservatives in 2010, has been an early milestone in the development of a new American Revolution. Crowns have been exchanged for robes, but the audacity of the ruling class remains.
Tags: Choice, constitution, healthcare, liberty, Mandate, Medicine, ObamaCare, tea party
The moment we decided hospitals must treat all comers was the moment Obamacare became inevitable. So we have learned from last week’s news out of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta.
[That] court struck down a central provision of [Obamacare], ruling that Congress overstepped its authority by requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance.
It is instructive to consider the losing argument, because it demonstrates succinctly why conservatives must not compromise limited government principles. Doing so opens government’s throttle and invites an evermore intrusive state. Continue Reading Obamacare on Trial: Big Government Leads to Bigger Government…
Tags: Barack Obama, Debt Limit, John Boehner, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, politics, spending, taxes, tea party, White House
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog on May 18.
Leftists still don’t get the Tea Party, and neither does the Republican party establishment. Reuters recently reported on a private meeting which took place between several Tea Party activists and House Speaker John Boehner. The mood was less than cordial.
One of the 25 or so [Tea Party] leaders, all from Boehner’s district, asked him if Republicans would raise America’s $14.3 trillion debt limit.
According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said “yes(…)”
That answer incensed many of the Tea Party activists, for whom raising the debt limit is anathema.
Tags: Cancer, Crony Capitalism, health care, HF383, HF595, Minneapolis Radiation Oncology, ObamaCare
As a foreshadowing of the sort of government intervention which will ration care and cost lives as Obamacare is implemented, the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee shall today consider HF383, a bill which would extend a moratorium on radiation clinics until 2017.
The moratorium protects a government-enforced monopoly for Minneapolis Radiation Oncology. MRO has a doctor whose political contributions, when combined with his wife’s, make them to the 19th largest contributor in the state. Here’s what that influence buys them:
- Minnesota law currently FORBIDS the construction of new cancer radiation therapy clinics.
- The moratorium covers a 14-county area, which includes: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Carver, Scott, St. Louis, Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, Chisago, Isanti and Wright. Continue Reading Crony Capitalism Keeps Cancer Patients from Care…
Tags: anthony weiner, Bill Maher, Clarance Thomas, Hollywood, Jenny Thomas, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, Real Time, tea party, The Concession Stands, The Feminist Hawks' Nest
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
Somehow I doubt Bill Maher will soon invite The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund back onto HBO’s Real Time. That’s because the unpretentious columnist publicly eviscerated both Maher and Democratic Congressman Anthony Wiener without breaking an intellectual sweat.
In a segment embedded at Fox Nation, the fireworks began as Maher and Weiner attempted to pass off juvenile insults as legitimate analysis.
Weiner: [Glenn Beck] has less than 300,000 viewers. So that’s about 150 shoes in his audience…
If you don’t get the joke, you’re not alone. After a few seconds of confused silence, Weiner explains that he was trying to be funny.
Read on at David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog…
Tags: Class, Hollywood, james cameron, Mark Dayton, minnesota, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, Political Class, Ruling Class, tea party, The Concession Stand, Titanic
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Sometimes, we like to think we’ve moved beyond the overt class distinctions depicted in period films such as James Cameron’s Titanic. In a scene where passengers are being loaded into lifeboats, after it becomes apparent the massive ocean liner is doomed, the heroine’s mother clings to her outmoded sense of social propriety.
Will the lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they’re not too crowded–
I was reminded of this scene while visiting Minnesota’s state capitol on Wednesday. The freshly inaugurated Governor Mark Dayton was set to sign an executive order opting the state into certain provisions of Obamacare. Dozens of concerned citizens had turned up in protest. What transpired demonstrated that, despite the egalitarian principles enshrined in our founding documents, class distinction remains a palpable aspect of American society.
Tags: Bill Maher, dog, Evolution, healthcare, Hollywood, Michael Moore, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, The Concession Stand, tyranny
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
In the face of opposition to their radical agenda, President Obama and his administration have made statements to the effect of, We haven’t done a good enough job explaining our policies to the American people. These comments reflect a profound arrogance which assumes that the only reason a rational person would oppose a leftist idea is because they do not understand it. Egregious as that attitude may be, it at least supposes that Americans are capable of understanding proposals which are properly explained.
“America is like a dog,” Maher began, explaining “It cannot understand actual words. It understands inflection, it understands fear, but you can’t actually explain issues to a dog.”