Alan Keyes
Obamacare: incompetence, or treacherous genius?
Obamacare website distraction as part of totalitarian strategy
By Alan Keyes
November 5, 2013

It must be true that sometimes things are just what they seem. But the elitist faction's general offensive against America's liberty has a thoroughgoing character that should warn liberty's defenders against accepting this assumption without thoroughly thinking things through.

The brouhaha over the Obamacare website offers opponents of Obamacare a gratifying opportunity to vent their spleens in the aftermath of the recently staged funding theatrics in Congress. The funding battle was the first critical chance for Congress to stall the consolidation of permanent government control over America's healthcare system. Is it only a coincidence that the website debacle redirects some of the anger of the GOP's rightly disillusioned constituents away from the treacherous quislings in the GOP leadership (Boehner, McConnell, McCain et al.)?

The GOP leadership's collaboration with Obama offers ever more conclusive proof that, under their direction, the GOP has become the political equivalent of a heat sink. It exists to collect, then redirect or uselessly dissipate, the passions, political energy, and material resources of Americans who want to restore and preserve constitutional self-government. This keeps the heat of their intense opposition from disrupting the sham partisan process whereby the elitist faction aims to substitute their totalitarian control for what is supposed to be constitutional self-government of, by, and for the American people.

I certainly understand the temptation to wallow in the vengeful, if short-lived, pleasures occasioned by the spectacle of Obama's apparent incompetence. But doing so carelessly could be a fatal mistake. The defenders of liberty could end up like the general who hastily commits his forces to all-out pursuit after what appears to be a break in the enemy's line of defense. Too late, he finds that the enemy has drawn his forces into a thoughtfully prepared position that dooms them to annihilation.

Here's the question: Is the competent implementation of socialist totalitarianism better or worse for liberty? Let's assume that, in response to severe criticism of the incompetent launch of Obamacare, the Obama faction takes effective steps to remedy its perceived defects. When the smoke clears, they will announce that Obamacare has been fixed. They will vigorously denounce people who continue to resist it as extreme obstructionists, malcontents with no motive but their implacable (racist?) hatred of Obama.

By thus effectively stigmatizing continued opposition to Obamacare, the elitist faction strategists will give the GOP collaborators a rhetorical cudgel. With it they will proceed to discredit GOP politicians who dare to speak for their constituents' opposition to the elitist faction's socialist scheme. The large, anti-socialist plurality of voters left in the GOP will thus be deprived of representation as the war to overthrow America's liberty approaches its final political battle. For them it will be a contest of sighs and whispers, as they regret the folly that leaves them with no choice for liberty.

Thus the Obama faction's supposed tactical incompetence will be revealed as a supremely competent strategic maneuver, a feigned setback that, by decisively strengthening the hand of the elitist faction's GOP collaborators, prepares the ground for their faction's final victory.

Could this maneuver be thwarted? Only by opposition leaders with the will and ability to make it clear that incompetent execution is not the reason many Americans oppose Obamacare. They oppose it because the competent execution of such totalitarian schemes will only more effectively extinguish the life of Americans as a free people, competently executing the nation in another, more tragical sense.

In this respect, of course, Obamacare is just one aspect of the war on liberty. In every respect, the defense against that assault would be more effectively conducted by people who consistently set the different elements of the assault in the context of the war as a whole, so as to remind those who battle on this or that particular front of the common cause they share with all the other defenders. In the political context, what's needed is a rubric that puts the battle on each and every front in the context of a clear objective that, if attained, will secure overall victory.

No objective better serves this strategic aim than the one that, if obtained, would at one stroke relax the political sinews of the whole elitist faction offensive. By removing the national government's power from the hands of the partisans of totalitarian socialism, their opponents will unplug the generator that provides energy to every aspect of their offensive.

But the continual treacheries of the GOP's elitist faction leadership have made it painfully clear that it does no good to remove one wing of this anti-American elitist faction only to replace it with another. The political objective of removing the elitist totalitarians from power needs to be informed by another, more fundamental objective, which provides a rubric for choice that inoculates against the recurrence of the threat.

What might this rubric be? One hint comes from the behavior of the GOP wing of the elitist faction. Right now, for example, in the 13th U.S. Congressional District in Illinois, the GOP quislings are going out of their way to suppress the candidacy of Erika Harold in the GOP primary. An attorney, the Harvard Law school graduate is a former Miss America (2004). She also happens to be a black American. It's hard to explain their irrationally prejudicial efforts to exclude and suppress her candidacy. In light of that, some of her supporters make the mistake of trying to play the race card to account for the GOP leadership's efforts to sabotage it. I say, to the contrary, that the more plausible explanation is the notoriety she achieved as a public figure willing unashamedly to stand by her Christian convictions.

I think the GOP's elitist faction leaders are seeking to intimidate her into leaving her Christian identity behind as a condition for participation in GOP politics. Believe me, in this regard I know whereof I speak. I can't say whether Erika Harold will stand firm against this intimidation or not. However, it confirms what I learned from my own experience in the GOP. The GOP's elitist faction leadership has a special animus against people who faithfully adhere to the God-acknowledging founding principles of the United States. They realize that no one steadfastly adhering to those principles will sell out their faithful constituents, because that would mean breaking faith with the authority of the Creator.

As patriot Davids take a stand against the God-rejecting Goliaths of the elitist faction, what better stones to sling than those marked by a proven unwillingness to abandon the liberty wherewith God has made us free?

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