“We sometimes chafe at the burden of our obligations, the complexity of our decisions, the agony of our choices,” Kennedy had admonished the nation in his State of the Union message in 1962. “But there is no comfort or security for us in evasion, no solution in abdication, no relief in irresponsibility.”
Cold War presidents spoke for the imperatives of public life. “America did not become great through softness and self-indulgence,” Eisenhower warned. Greatness was achieved through devotion, courage, and fortitude, through “the utmost in the nation’s resolution, wisdom, steadiness, and unremitting effort.”9 Here freedom’s “burden” was clearest. To remain free required resistance to the allure of selfish comfort, the sirens’ call of self-gratification. “This is no time of ease or rest,” Eisenhower insisted in his Second Inaugural. “High will be its cost” in “toil” and “sacrifice” of the “labor to which we are called.” John F. Kennedy’s famous challenge “ask not what your country can do for you,” his summons “to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle … against the common enemies of man,” were cut from the same cloth.
The upheavals of the 1960s overtly changed none of that. Nixon’s speeches were filled with echoes of Kennedy’s high rhetorical gestures polished anew.
If there was a characteristic distinctive to social thought in the decades after 1945, marking it off from what preceded and followed it, it was the intensity with which the socially embedded, relational sides of existence framed ideas of the human condition. The freedom which hung so urgently in the balance in 1950s and 1960s America was ballasted by and contained within its complements: responsibility, destiny, justice, morality, and society.
==Age of Fracture (Daniel T. Rodgers)
Disgusting as the sentiment voiced by Jonathan Gruber, the same voice has so obviously embraced by the entire Obama administration from his first inaugural to this very second. Honest, truthful transparency is the death of progressive/socialist fascism and that the American people are either too stupid and ignorant to understand what is happening to them or that they, as the clearly narcissisticly deranged Obama has recently voiced following the clear repudiation of all things Obama, are simply to stupid to understand the wonderfulness of what is being offered to them by their masters and intellectually superior liberal elites. This is the underlying mantra of not only the current administration, but of the whole corrupt mentality of the progressives, but also the entire culture of Washington and the Leviathan we have allowed to become so untameable.
American’s have a choice, or at least we did have a choice in our past, stupidity or freedom. We chose stupidity.
Even through the haze of our national anesthetized willful ignorance, this statement and all of the compilation of surreal indirect references to our dumbness, emanating like effluent from a broken sewer-pipe of the political elites, should arouse some indignant anger from the American people. But it won’t, we would prefer to hang out at the proverbial water-cooler of life and discuss the big game over the weekend or the blood and gore of Sunday nights episode of The Walking Dead. (A show I will admit to watching). We have chosen stupidity.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.
Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”