Liberal Pundit Claims It’s Our Fault that Obama Lied to Us

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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That’s right. Obama lied to you. But it’s your fault.

Obama wanted social justice. But selfish and greedy Americans weren’t ready to pay thousands more a year to finance sex change operations and mental health treatment for all.

So he had to lie and tell us that we could keep our health plans and our doctors.

But lying doesn’t make Obama a bad person. It makes us bad people for making him lie to us.

All that sounds entirely ethical and moral if you’re a liberal, which is why the country is in the mess that it is. And it comes to us from Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen and the Daily News, which has become a print version of the Huffington Post and twice as shrill.

In selling the health-care plan that bears his name, President Obama has, according to the fact-checking website Politifact, said at least 34 times that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” That statement was not completely true, and it’s a lie that is today causing the President no end of political headaches.

A truer way to say “not completely true” would be “completely untrue”. But that’s just the beginning of the ways that Michael Cohen reinvents truth.

Still, before we fully castigate the President for his rhetorical flights of fancy, it’s important to keep in mind that Obama was — to a large degree — telling Americans what they wanted to hear

Also before we castigate Nixon for his “rhetorical flights of fancy”, we should also keep in mind that he was telling Americans what they wanted to hear.

And in defense of most con artists, they’re just telling people what they want to hear.

Americans regularly express dissatisfaction with the status quo and demand political change. But at the same time, they recoil at any reform that affects them directly.

Wait… so Americans want political change, but they hate getting kicked in the teeth? Isn’t that ridiculously hypocritical of them?

That’s like saying that you want to buy a car, but you don’t want it to burst into flame as you leave the used car dealer lot. Why are people so spoiled?
Cohen than recites the usual liberal lies about

1. Workers with employer health plans being unaffected

2. People who are losing their health plans having such bad insurance that they “could barely be considered insurance”.

These are both shameless gratuitous lies. Or as Michael Cohen would put it, “rhetorical flights of fancy”. But that’s okay. Michael is only lying to Daily News readers because they want to be lied to.

That these Americans would not be able to keep their plans was not a bug of Obamacare; it was the point. But, of course, this means that some Americans would not only lose their plans and access to their doctor, but in the case of particularly healthy individuals, reform could yield higher premiums.

Those damn “particularly healthy individuals” who are just so bursting with health that they didn’t even need insurance.

But for once Michael Cohen is belatedly telling the truth. Or part of it. Killing free market individual health plans was one of the objectives of ObamaCare. Those people who paid less and got more, will now pay more and get less.

But… but it was for the GREATER GOOD

Acknowledging that reality would have been the honest thing to do. So would asking healthier and wealthier Americans to sacrifice for the greater good of ensuring every American have health-care coverage.

Sadly those healthy bastards were selfish. They didn’t want to pay for maternity coverage if they were 65. They didn’t want policies that covered sex change operations if they were sane. They didn’t want expensive policies they didn’t need.

So they had to be lied to.

But doing so would have opened Obama and his democratic allies up to the charge that Obamacare would lead to widespread dislocations — and made the path to reform that much politically harder to traverse.

So Obama had to lie. He had no choice. If he wanted to accomplish his goals. Why don’t we understand that ends justify the means?

Indeed, this is precisely the argument that was made by Republicans who regularly — and untruthfully — charged Obama with seeking a government takeover of health care, among other ills.

And we know the Republicans are lying… because Obama is always truthful. Like Michael Cohen. He wouldn’t possibly lie about a government takeover of health care… unless it would make the path to reform that much politically harder to traverse.

This is America’s schizophrenia. On the one hand the ingrained belief that centralized government power is an unqualified danger coupled with a deep fear that any new initiative will bring unacceptable disruption. On the other, a hunger, even demand, for change.

This is only a paradox to a moron. A liberal moron.

It’s possible to want change that doesn’t result in centralized government power. Notably Michael Cohen, a fellow for a liberal foundation, can’t even conceive of any notion of progress detached from progressivism and big government.

So accuse Obama of lying about health-care reform — but understand the simple underlying reality: we can’t handle the truth.

That’s right.

We petit bourgeois swine can’t handle the truth. And who’s going to stay up all night at a five star hotel plotting how to reform healthcare if not for the liberal activist? Are you going to do it? What about you? Or you?

You weep for all the people who lost their health insurance. You have that luxury. But Obama doesn’t have that luxury. Because he knows that while taking away their health insurance was tragic, it saved the lives of many Sandra Flukes. And his existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.
You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about on your blogs, you want Obama in that five star hotel lying to you about how he’s going to take away your health insurance. You need him in that five star hotel.

We use words like progress, regulation and mandate…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ‘em as a punchline.

Obama has neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very death panels he provides and then questions the manner in which he provides them.He’d rather you just thank you and maxed out your donations to OFA. Otherwise get a job telling crazy lies at the Daily News.

For the greater good.

  • truebearing

    “We can’t handle the truth” says the projecting, self-deluded liar.

    Just for fun, I’d like to hear this idiot’s definition of “good.”

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Which is precisely why Americans with brains equate liberal pundits to chicken droppings.

  • Gee

    Greater good or greater God – like in Allah Akbar?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Grifter mentality. Grifter worldview.

    People want free lunch and we can get them free lunch, they’re just too stupid to realize what they need and that the free lunch won’t feel free some times. As long as it’s free for me, it’s truly free for you too because I’m so much smarter than you can possibly imagine. So shaddup.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    People some times want things and expect things when they’re promised as free. Telling them the true costs might mitigate those expectations or at least harm the consensus.

    Those expectations lead to political power for the liars that promise these free things. The greater the deception, the greater the power.

    So who has the problem with ethics? Is it the liars again? Am I being “judgmental?”

    • laura r

      the illegals are getting it for free, right? the greater good. guess thats a matter of opinion.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        There’s nothing wrong with charity per se. There’s a lot wrong with charity run by a government that has a virtually unlimited right to tax successful people to pay for politician’s (delusional) promises.

        By true definition it’s no longer charity when the fed does it. Charity means giving something of your own, not something belonging to someone else as a stealth quid pro quo transaction.

        The fed can promote and encourage acts of charity. Forcing “charity” in order to meet the demands of leeching constituents transforms it entirely in to something else.

        • laura r

          its risking your health so millions of illegals can get free care. maybe losing part of your job hrs, taking you down. thats the ovious agenda.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Well, they’d do it even if it didn’t cause you pain. But they don’t think they need you. They need your “wealth” and they don’t understand what wealth is.

        • Robert Lande

          Conservatives give much more of their time and money to charities than leftists. See Bleeding Heart Tightwads in the New York Times (of all places) on December 20, 2008. In a 10 year period before he became Vice President, Biden and his wife averaged less than $350 per year in charitable donations. He’s doing a little better now and it must kill him. Leftists worship at the altar of government and confuse Robin Hood with Christ.

          • WW4

            I think it’s a bad argument liberals make when they try to shame conservative Christians for (e.g.) agreeing with the dismantling of social programs. Not because dismantling social programs helps the poor–it often strikes a cruel blow to those who actually do depend on them–but precisely because conservative Christians (and practicing Christians in general) are generally active in charity and not ignorant of poverty.

  • Veracious_one

    Obama has neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very death panels he provides and then questions the manner in which he provides them.He’d rather you just thank you and maxed out your donations to OFA. Otherwise get a job telling crazy lies at the Daily News.
    and if things go really bad….blame Bush……

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Speaking of reality testing, do read and chuckle over http://clarespark.com/2013/11/10/the-pursuit-of-happiness-co-counseling-and-reality-testing/. “The pursuit of happiness, co-counseling, and reality-testing.”

  • onecornpone

    This is all about gutting and eventually totally eliminating the middle class.

    We make the elitist sweat, or is that perspire, because we’re always nipping at their heels with a better idea……….that they don’t own.

    Wealth accumulation and inheritance for the serfs is evil, don’cha know…

  • Barbara Nelson

    Love your articles and posts, but I really wish you would stop using the term “liberal” for leftists. They’e not liberal, which, in a rational world would mean pro-freedom and individual rights. Leftist “liberals” are rights-violating, and we should not allow them to hide behind their chosen terminology.

    • Robert Lande

      The term progressive is misleading too.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        Anything but Communist probably is, but at some point you have to communicate through common usage.

        • Robert Lande

          Agreed. Just smiling about the left/liberals/ progressives/communist’s ability to put liptsick on a pig. Sort of like the word “affordable” in the Affordable Care Act.

          • Barbara Nelson

            Or “Care.”

          • Robert Lande

            Good one!

        • Barbara Nelson

          But both “liberal” and “progressive” became commonly used terminology at the behest of the leftist socialists who wanted to “hide” their true ideology behind a noble sounding term that had previously meant something the opposite of what they espoused. It is up to us to prevent their continuing to do this and to name who they really are.

        • Barbara Nelson

          I refer you all to the following Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/harrybinswanger/2013/11/13/statism/

      • derfelcadarn

        I propose the term @$$H0LE to be more accurate

  • objectivefactsmatter

    POTUS on trial; cross examination:
    0′Bama: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like “honor”, “code”, “loyalty”. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

    Kaffee: Did you order the socialist transformation of America?

    0′Bama: I did the job that—-

    Kaffee: Did you order the socialist transformation of America?!!

    0′Bama: YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!!

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    This once again proves that liberalism is deeply rooted in misanthropy. Paul Johnson wrote a book called “Intellectuals,” in which he demonstrates that left-wing ideologues love the IDEA of humanity, but in fact hate individual human beings. The IDEA of humanity flatters their sense of ego; but having to deal with real human beings requires virtue, patience, empathy, and understanding, which liberals wholly lack.

  • tickletik

    “This is only a paradox to a moron. A liberal moron.”

    I keep saying this, and it needs repeating. These people are not morons, they are not stupid. Their actions are contradictory and foolish because all evil is contradictory and foolish. But as human beings they are intelligent, the problem is not their brains it is their immorality. They have allowed their desires to rule them.

    • RobPG

      Nope, you are wrong. They are morons. They think free stuff is magically created by the government. They don’t know the basics of economics and markets. MORONS. Bammy McFoodstamps would have no idea what a supply/demand curve is showing.