A New Year and Old Problems


obama-sad-frownWhenever we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are tempted to forget the hazards of prophecy, and try to see what may lie on the other side of this arbitrary division of time.

Sometimes we are content to try to change ourselves with New Year’s resolutions to do better in some respect. Changing ourselves is a much more reasonable undertaking than trying to change other people. It may or may not succeed, but it seldom creates the disasters that trying to change others can produce.

When we look beyond ourselves to the world around us, peering into the future can be a very sobering, if not depressing, experience.

ObamaCare looms large and menacing on our horizon. This is not just because of computer problems, or even because some people who think that they have enrolled may discover at their next visit to a doctor that they do not have any insurance coverage.

What ObamaCare has done, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts’ Supreme Court decision, is reduce us all from free citizens to cowed subjects, whom the federal government can order around in our own personal lives, in defiance of the 10th Amendment and all the other protections of our freedom in the Constitution of the United States.

ObamaCare is more than a medical problem, though there are predictable medical problems — and even catastrophes — that will unfold in the course of 2014 and beyond. Our betters have now been empowered to run our lives, with whatever combination of arrogance and incompetence they may have, or however much they lie.

The challenges ahead are much clearer than what our responses will be. Perhaps the most hopeful sign is that increasing numbers of people seem to have finally — after nearly five long years — begun to see Barack Obama for what he is, rather than for what he seemed to be, when judged by his image and rhetoric.

What kind of man would blithely disrupt the medical care of millions of Americans, and then repeatedly lie to them with glib assurances that they could keep their doctors or health insurance if they wanted to?

What kind of man would set up a system in which people would be forced by law to risk their life savings, because they had to divulge their financial identification numbers to strangers who could turn out to be convicted felons?

With all the time that elapsed between the passage of ObamaCare and its going into effect, why were the so-called “navigators” who were to be handling other people’s financial records never investigated for criminal convictions? What explanation could there be, other than that Obama didn’t care?

Caring is not a matter of words.

“By their fruits ye shall know them” — not by their rhetoric, image or symbolism.

Those who have still not yet seen through Barack Obama will have many more opportunities to do so during the coming year, as the medical, financial and other painful human consequences of ObamaCare keep coming out in ways so clear that not even the mainstream media can ignore them or obscure them.

The question then is: What can be done about it? Nothing can be done about Obama himself. He has three more years in office and, as he pointed out to the Russians, he will no longer have to face the American voters.

ObamaCare, however, has no such immunity. It is always hard to repeal an elaborate program after it has gone into effect. But Prohibition was repealed, even though it was a Constitutional Amendment that required super-majorities in both houses of Congress and super-majorities of state legislatures to repeal.

In our two-party system, everything depends on whether the Republicans step up to the plate and act like responsible adults who understand that ObamaCare represents a historic crossroads that will determine what kind of people we are going to be, for this generation and generations yet unborn — citizens or subjects.

This means that Republicans have to decide whether their top priority is internal strife among the different wings of the party — another circular firing squad — or whether either wing puts the country first.

A prediction on how that will turn out in the new year would be far too hazardous to attempt.

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  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Dr. Sowell sets out the issues clearly. There are still a lot of people out there who see Obama as benign; perhaps more of them will face reality in 2014. But what will the establishment Republicans do? Keep on undermining Tea Party candidates? And what will Ben Bernanke do?(besides printing more $$$)

  • http://www.abay.vn/Ve-quoc-te/ve-may-bay-di-tay-ban-nha Nhóm Đào Tạo

    Keep on undermining Tea Party candidates?

    Ve may bay di Berlin
    Ve may bay di london

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Forgive my rustic sympathies, but I don’t read Thai.

  • T-Rex

    The question is, will the GOP bite the hand that feeds it? The political machinery that keeps both sides of the aisle populated with big government protagonists will spend plenty of dough to ensure the statists remain seated. Any attempts by the right to turn around this multifaceted lib/prog train wreck will be flaccid, at best. Another door to massive government expansion was opened with the passage of the ACA and Obomba’s new standard for Constitutional end-arounds is not offensive to those in the business of “governing”. The dog and pony show leading up to the 2014 elections will be the most expensive and elaborate fictional production to date.

  • RAS

    Dr. Sowell has been on target for as long as I can remember and that’s a long time.
    His logic and prophecies, like those of honest men and women throughout history
    bode disaster if ignored. My experience tells me that the Republicans will fumble
    the ball because too many of them want to remain at the royal court in DC,
    regardless of the consequences. Until we dump the likes of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (the go-along-to-get-along crowd) and the GOP stops looking for the magic, all things to all people, candidate, like Chris Christy, their base will continue to erode. The party had best embrace quickly the conservative wing and develop a joint strategy to push back and defeat the DNC or liberty dies.

    • unionville

      Conservatives will fumble the ball if we don’t clean house. But we will also fumble the ball as long as we have children amongst us who like to throw temper tantrums by sitting elections out rather than vote for someone who, while not the best we could hope for, is still a better alternative to the progressive on the other side.

      • Anamah

        As all can see now, progressive on the both sides of the aisle are at last as harmful.

        And I would add that the only way to stop the temper tantrums of abusive power is acting with courage.
        But decency is also required in both parties.

      • guest29

        Excellent points, UV.
        I would also suggest a corollary to that, based on numerous discussions from my fellow conservatives who can’t seem to grasp your perspective. To wit, that you vote closest to your heart ONLY
        during primaries … but get over it if “your guy” couldn’t muster the numbers by convention time.
        Sure, I would have preferred that Romney not been a Mormon – if only to keep my shortsighted brothers in Christ from pouting or voting third party. But Romney’s views on amnesty (“immigration
        reform” by its true name) and ObamaCare alone were more than ample reasons not to sit at home … in protest.

  • keithbreedlove

    “This means that Republicans have to decide whether their top priority is internal strife among the different wings of the party — another circular firing squad — or whether either wing puts the country first.” Thank you Dr. Sowell. I’ve been saying the same thing (and even got a response from Dustin Stockton; still waiting for one from Karl Rove), but you have way more credibility than I. I think that we need some articulate bridge-builders from both sides of the conservative ideological to develop a strategy that will help us win, and then sell it to the country. The stakes for the country are too high for anything less.

  • American1969

    As always, Dr. Sowell is spot on!

    People are finally starting to see what we’ve been saying about Obama and this Administration all along. Why these idiots are shocked is beyond me. Politicians lie—-Obama is no different.
    The Most Transparent Administration in History. Yeah….right.

    Throw All Establishment Bums Out in 2014!

  • Ellman48

    “Those who have still not yet seen through Barack Obama will have many
    more opportunities to do so during the coming year, as the medical,
    financial and other painful human consequences of ObamaCare keep coming
    out in ways so clear that not even the mainstream media can ignore them
    or obscure them.”

    God willing, Obamacare will be the Frankenstein monster that turns on its Creator so that our lives may be spared and improved!

  • Ellman48

    “He has three more years in office and, as he pointed out to the Russians, he will no longer have to face the American voters.”

    The voters made a mistake in 2008 and 2012 and all of us have and will pay for it for 8 long, tortuous, painful years. Our constitutional and legal system provides no remedies against a Black President, so we are truly stuck with him for 3 more years. It’s like a prison sentence, whether you were guilty or innocent. You will serve the time for the crime, except in this case there is no parole possible.

  • Ellman48

    “ObamaCare, however, has no such immunity. It is always hard to repeal an
    elaborate program after it has gone into effect. But Prohibition was
    repealed, even though it was a Constitutional Amendment that required
    super-majorities in both houses of Congress and super-majorities of
    state legislatures to repeal.”

    At least Prohibition offered some benefits to society. Obamacare offers none.

  • Ellman48

    “In our two-party system, everything depends on whether the Republicans
    step up to the plate and act like responsible adults who understand that
    ObamaCare represents a historic crossroads that will determine what
    kind of people we are going to be, for this generation and generations
    yet unborn — citizens or subjects.”

    CITIZENS, as during the French Revolution, or COMRADES, as after the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • Ellman48

    “This means that Republicans have to decide whether their top priority is
    internal strife among the different wings of the party — another
    circular firing squad — or whether either wing puts the country first.”

    Place scorpions in a ring of fire and they will sting themselves to death. This is Obama’s strategy for the Republicans. Actually it’s not his strategy but that of his handlers. He’s not smart enough to emulate a Vladimir Lenin, but the Wizard behind the curtain is.

  • Revelation59

    Obama has caused our nation grave harm…. and sadly as Sowell points out he has 3 years left to inflict more division and dilution among us. Praying for some real leaders to come forth to not just stand in opposition but have a clear vision forward.