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So If Ted Kennedy Wanted You To Jump Off A Cliff, Would You?

Thursday, August 27, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My new column continues the effort to enlist voters in the effort to block Obamacare.

As hundreds of e-mails continue to pour in to confirming a “$10 for Tark” donation, the backdrop of the amazing story from today’s Telegraph below adds urgency to the effort to shelve Obamacare. No one who reads the Telegraph story or the comments to it can adopt an attitude of indifference to Obamacare and the devastation it will bring to the American system of medicine.

Of course the staggering deficit news from earlier this week should have already obliged Congress to announce with one voice that there is no money for the grandiose plans of Obamacare, even with its embedded rationing for seniors and the disabled.

Against those one-two punches as well as a nationwide protest at the attempt to jam down a deeply unpopular and radical transformation of health care, the Alinskyite response is to change the subject and avoid the substance. All of the many and detailed objections to Obamacare –not a paragraph of tort reform?– are to be swept away because Senator Kennedy would have wanted it that way?

Anyone who makes that argument –from the president to the precinct walker– is admitting that he or she has no arguments for Obamacare at all. None. The appeal to set aside reason and experience as a sort of love offering to a departed demigod is the sign not of a political party but an ideological cult. It is weird.

Name an airport for Teddy. Build him a wing on the Institute of Politics. There are plenty of ways to honor his record as a legislator. But ruin the world’s most extraordinary health care system, bankrupt the country beyond where it is already, and send millions of seniors to an early grave because they can’t access elective surgeries or expensive cancer treatments in his name?

I don’t think so. “$10 for Tark.”

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