Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sounding Like a (small d) Democrat

People who follow this blog know how much I like to rattle on about liberals’ increasing indifference to the norms of democratic citizenship. It’s not just that liberal politicians are sometimes inclined to cut a few procedural corners and mislead the public in order to achieve important legislative objectives—conservative politicians like Tom DeLay do that too. The strange thing is that a lot of liberal politicians can’t even be bothered keeping up democratic appearances. That was apparent during last summer’s boisterous town hall meetings when liberal congressmen seemed genuinely shocked that anyone would have expected them to read, or least extend to their constituents the civic courtesy of pretending to have read, the bills they were voting on.

Consider Nancy Pelosi’s recent words celebrating the passage of ObamaCare (my emphasis):

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco on Tuesday, celebrating the passage of healthcare reform.

"She received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, describing the passage of healthcare reform as the crowning achievement of her Congressional career.

"‘It’s definitely first, by a long shot,’ said Pelosi.

"The Speaker compared it to the enactment of social security, Medicare and the civil rights act. And while she said it may not be perfect, it’s a bold step in the right direction.

"‘It’s like the back of the refrigerator. You see all these wires and the rest,’ said Pelosi. ‘All you need to know is, you open the door. The light goes on. You open this door, you go through a whole different path, in terms of access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.’
Pelosi seems to think that, just as it isn't the job of a refrigerator repairman to explain to his clients how the ice cubes are made, it's no part of her job to explain to voter's how ObamaCare will work and why it's a viable policy.  I suppose that it's not all that surprising that a professional politician would think that.  But it’s utterly astonishing that she'd say that.

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