By Cheri Jacobus - 03/25/10 11:52 PM EDT
“The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.” — Dr. Von Hayek
“A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn’t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty.” — George Baulmer, libertarian blogger
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered a most disturbing promise to PBS’s Jim Lehrer on Wednesday, proudly announcing that the methods employed and nearly employed to force ObamaCare on the American people (formerly the most free people on the planet) would, from this day forward, serve as her “model for future reforms.”
Chilling words, indeed.
Bribes, payoffs, backroom deals, secret Democrat meetings, holding members hostage in Washington to prevent them from speaking with their constituents (Stockholm Syndrome, perhaps?), threats and intimidation, lying about the content and cost of the bill, ignoring the plainly and loudly stated will of the people, demonizing opponents, twisting parliamentary rules into a pretzel to get a “win” — this is Nancy Pelosi’s “model” for future reform legislation?
On Jan. 28 of this year, Pelosi stated, without any guilt, guile or conscience regarding plans to ram healthcare reform through a hesitant House of Representatives and down the throats of an unwilling, resistant American public, “We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole-vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get healthcare reform passed.” Her words seemed extreme and hyperbolic at the time. But she was deadly serious — something that a nation accustomed to freedom and democracy could not entirely fathom even just a few short months ago. Comrade Pelosi cared not a whit about the will of the people, nor about the conversations democratically elected officials in both parties were having with their constituents whom they serve.
Damn the torpedoes, damn the consequences, and damn the Constitution.
While heralded by The Economist as “The Most Powerful Woman in American History,” Nancy Pelosi, in truth, is actually The Most Frightening Woman in American History and is testament to the fact that tyranny and dangerous abuse of power are gender-neutral. So much for the fairer sex. While the feminist in me should normally feel pride, as I often do for accomplished women even if I disagree with their politics, Nancy Pelosi, quite simply, scares me.
It is preferable in a democracy, however, for the government to fear the people, and dangerous when the opposite is true. If angry constituents rise up and create something akin to anarchy as a result of the healthcare law, the methods utilized to make the bill become law and the price the nation will pay for this hegemony, Pelosi and many of her Democratic colleagues will no doubt blame it on Republicans. But responsibility for the anger and fear among the electorate lies solely at the feet of congressional Democrats and President Obama.
“Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.” — Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) British philosopher
Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.