With 217 aye votes House Republicans under Paul Ryan’s leadership on Thursday afternoon saved Obama’s signature government run healthcare program from almost certain ruin. President Trump’s voters and those who gave Republicans majorities in both houses over three and four different election cycles, those who gave Republicans a mandate to repeal Obamacare, not to resurrect it, subsequently remain burdened with the whims and follies of central planners, guaranteeing a long line of kindly, round faced benefactors, beginning with HHS Secretary Tom Price, will for decades in the future make large and small decisions individual Americans used to make for themselves before free markets were disabused and all but abandoned, bereft of their former usefulness.
Ayn Rand in an article titled, The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus said, “...in the state; fascism leaves ownership in the hands of private individuals, but transfers control of the property to the government.” That’s what happened when Obamacare became law. Ostensibly keeping our doctors, hospitals, and insurance plans while transferring control of those doctors, hospitals, and plans to unaccountable, non-elected bureaucrats it was revealed the Left’s fascism by any other name, including socialism, remains fascism. And Obamacare by any other name, including Ryancare, remains Fascistcare, only with a different political party as its sponsor.
How was the deception possible? Well, we were told socialism is to the Left and fascism is to the right. It’s just not so. But sadly today’s public increasingly condemns Conservatives for wearing the sprouted horns of Hitler’s fascism while they heap blessings on Liberals sporting a cheerful halo of socialism over their heads. Truth be told, both sons of Marx: socialism and fascism, despise the individual’s right to dispose of his property as he wishes, not physically by force as in the “taking” of communism, but by regulating and taxing the willing, by fining or penalizing the unwilling.
As a consequence of the Left’s misrepresentation of fascism, capitalism, and conservatism being aligned against socialism, communism and liberalism Obama and others calculated Americans would go for a moderate solution, a mix of capitalism and socialism. Rand in another article (at the same link above), "Extremism,” or The Art of Smearing claimed this misrepresentation of political-economic alignments, the subsequent mixing of “statism and freedom” was of a diabolical mating because “A mixed economy is an explosive, untenable mixture of two opposite elements, which cannot remain stable, but must ultimately go one way or the other.”
As she predicted, the Left strives valiantly forward, highly confident the contrived dichotomy of fascism vs. socialism will eventually work in their favor. Given the courts can be “shopped” for whatever legislative ends Democrats wish to achieve, given as long as people mistakenly think fascism and socialism are purposed to opposite ends, and given as long as individuals erroneously think by shying away from both socialism and fascism they have avoided living in a collectivist realm; yes, fascism will likely, ultimately dominate. Period.
Abraham tried to bargain for Lot’s “right” to remain in Sodom and Gomorrah; much like Paul Ryan plotted to keep President Trump’s voters, all voters, enslaved in government run, centrally planned healthcare. Abraham and Paul Ryan angled to avoid an accusation of extremism; the first by praying, insisting a very little good can make up for a preponderance of evil sufficient to save a city, the second by suggesting we can avoid the socialism of the Left and the fascism of the Freedom Caucus if we tinker around the edges of Obamacare so as to preserve its wholesome, moderate, essential core. So Abraham argued for God’s lowest price to save a city and Ryan offered up the least amount of crumbs he could spare the Right to pass the bill. Big Whoooop. Ryan passed the bill.
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