Monday, August 26, 2013

President Obama’s Holier Than Thou Insult

I am holier than thou.

Isaiah 65.5

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; it you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it,  it’s probably deserved.

Russell Lynes (1910-1991),  Editor of Harper’s Magazine, in Reader’s Digest, 1961

In a press conference the other day,  President Barack Obama said the GOP's "holy grail" and "ideological fixation" was repealing Obamacare, preventing millions of people from getting coverage.

"I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. Their unifying principle is making sure 30 million people don't have health care."

“As they continue to try and prevent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the GOP doesn't offer any of their own proposals to cover the uninsured.”

"At least they used to say I'm going to replace it with something better.There's not even a pretense right now that they're going to replace it with something better."

On the face of it,  this is a laughable, insulting, holier than you, foolish statement.

Why would the GOP commit political suicide by denying care to 30 million uninsured Americans?  They won’t. And why would they not offer alternative plans they believe to be better?  They have.

Sometimes one’s fixed ideology causes one to say foolish things in the heat of political battle and to make compromise difficult, or not impossible.

Tweet:  President Obama laughably says GOP is engaged in  “holy grail” based on “ideological fixation” to deny care to 30 million Americans.

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