A ridiculous idea

April 19, 2017

I read Tom Flickinger’s latest essay in the April 9 Observer-Reporter, and it is more over the top than his essay of March 12.

Basically, his thesis is that Democrats conspired to write the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a way it would fail in late 2017, and with Hillary Clinton as president, ipso facto, we would have socialized medicine.

The ACA is not close to being perfect and I’ll be the first to admit that. And, I also need to note here I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I’m a registered Independent. So I have no party ax to grind. But to believe the Democrats in Congress, with a bill as complicated as the ACA, would be capable of crafting the law so it would implode during late 2017 is just about one of the most ridiculous ideas I have ever heard. It ranks right up there with the black helicopters flying into Washington, D.C., and taking over our government.

A conspiracy of that nature could not stay secret. In my experience investigating a few criminal conspiracies, someone always brags about it to someone else. To imagine that the Democratic members of Congress could have been complicit in such a thing without one or more of them leaking it to the press contradicts all that science knows about human nature. Further, no president, not Hillary Clinton had she been elected, not Donald Trump, not even someone as powerful as Franklin Roosevelt, can institute socialized medicine by executive fiat.

Flickinger treated us to the frog-being-boiled-in-water allegory. And from there, he makes a leap to Fascist Italy, and later to Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Castro. I am not a fan of the Clintons, but they really don’t resemble the names Flickinger provides as proof as to where he thinks we are headed. The Clintons believe they are entitled, almost in the manner of medieval noblesse oblige. President Trump, Flickinger’s hero, more resembles a fascist than Hillary Clinton, and the Trump administration’s ideas about destroying the administrative state are more like Lenin’s.

What will Flickinger offer next? Will we have North Korean paratroopers bailing out over Fort Knox to steal our gold?

LeRoy W. Bloom

Lawrence

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