Mugged By Reality
In late October, President Obama held a Rose Garden event surrounded by happy Obamacare supporters. He read out loud, with great satisfaction, a letter received from Jessica Sanford, a 48 year-old single mom from Washington. Ms. Sanford wrote that Obamacare was a life changing event for her. She could not afford insurance for the last fifteen years, and she wept when she signed up for Obamacare and discovered the huge subsidies she would receive enabled her to get coverage.
CNN is now reporting that Ms. Sanford has been mugged by reality. Days after being cited by Obama, she received a notice from the Washington state healthcare exchange informing her that her $50,000 salary actually disqualifies her for subsidies from her fellow Americans. Sanford told CNN, “It was a huge disappointment, and especially since I had, you know, my story had been shared by the president, I felt like, you know, I just felt really embarrassed...”
I understand why Ms. Sanford feels crushed. Relying on Obama’s rhetoric, she had come to believe that even though she earns $50,000 a year, Obama would give her free healthcare with money he would take from other Americans. She and millions of others, particularly single women, voted for him based on that belief. But now it’s “the morning after.”
Mugged By Reality: Part Two
For over a decade, Brandeis University in Massachusetts has had a formal partnership with Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, which is a school for Palestinian Arabs. The partnership, founded in part by the Ford Foundation, included exchanges of students, administrators and faculty with the goal of promoting peace and understanding.
That partnership has now been canceled after a pro-suicide bomber rally was held at Al-Quds, which included demonstrators dressed in black military gear, armed with fake automatic weapons and doing the Nazi salute as they marched. When videos of the disgusting event became public, Brandeis came under heavy fire for failing to condemn it. Now, two weeks later the school has suspended the partnership.
Brandeis’s liberals desperately wanted to believe that the leadership and students at Al-Quds wanted the same thing they wanted – reconciliation and peace. This is the same delusion that leads Obama and Kerry to think that they can trust Iran. Instead, Brandeis had to confront the reality that Hitler’s spirit is alive and well among the jihadists of the Middle East.
Lefty MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir recently launched a vitriolic attack on Sarah Palin. How bad was it? He suggested that someone needed to defecate in her mouth and urinate on her. Good thing he is a member of the tolerant left or he might have really gotten nasty. Bashir ate his words yesterday and apologized. He should be fired.
Obama Urges Supporters To Fight Back
Last night Obama tried to rally his grassroots political operation to help him destroy our healthcare system (my words, not his). Speaking to 200,000 Obamabots, he told them:
- “It is a long race, and we aren’t near the tape yet, we have just got to keep on running…I hope you still have as much fight in you as I do. We aren’t going to stop until we get this done…When you are on the right side of something it gives you energy, it gives you motivation.”
Obama And God
Today is the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Filmmaker Ken Burns videotaped 61 noted Americans reading the famous words. One of them of course was President Obama, who you can watch here. You will notice that the President does something in his recitation that no one else does. At the point in the speech when Lincoln said, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” Obama leaves out “under God.”
This isn’t the first time Obama has given God the boot. Repeatedly in the early years of his presidency, Obama did a similar edit of another key historical U.S. document, The Declaration of Independence, leaving out “endowed by their Creator,” from the second paragraph. I am guessing that God is not amused.