Richard Cohen, collectivist, writing in the WaPo:
“The vaunted reasonable man might protest that an entire lifetime of attempted health-care reform does not amount to a ramming, but the polls do suggest that President Obama's plan -- and it is now his plan -- is out of favor with the public. This is what now passes for a compelling argument against the bill. It is, instead, almost entirely beside the point.” (Emphasis mine)
Well, in the Cohen view of the collective, that would certainly be true. The people don’t want this bill; the elites do; damn the people!
Poor totalitarian Cohen seems too, too, strained by all this grubby government by the…you know…people.
“The baleful fact is that the country suffers from a surfeit of democracy -- a gazillion interest groups, a gazillion blogs, a gazillion talk shows and all of them insisting on transparency so a gazillion eyes peer over the shoulders of politicians. The black but necessary art of politics shies from the sun. Little gets done. Backrooms have been turned into rec rooms and meetings are seminars. We are doomed. Worse, we are bored.”
Life was ever so much simpler when the proper people ran things. Now you have all this riff-raff thinking they should actually have a say in their own health. One could simply weep.
But Little Dick manages to be inCohensistent even within his idiot piece. Having blown snot bubbles of boredom over all that democracy, he next invokes majority rule:
“Google does not tell the whole story. It fails to answer what's wrong with the old belief -- a virtual childhood mantra -- that "majority rules"? It was never "supermajority rules," and the presidency was never intended as a weather vane, turning this way and that on the slight breeze of the latest poll. Lead and the people will -- or will not -- follow. Either way, ram the damn thing, Mr. President. Ram it!”
Actually, Little Dick, it was "supermajority rules", as anyone acquainted with the many vacant Federal benches during the Bush administration understands. No less august ones as Reid, Obama, and Schumer all solemnly assured us that this was the proper order of government...when it was convenient.
Apparently, Mr. Cohen neither understands American government or history, or he chooses to distort it for his readers.
He plainly thinks that greatness lies in dictatorial power, properly applied with macho verve against the niggling voices of the American people.
He would have liked Mr. Mussolini.