The Election Proves We’re Not Stupid

By now you’ve probably heard or read about Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s highly offensive remarks about you and your fellow Americans.  Gruber said that he and his boss, Barack Obama, relied on the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” to get Obamacare passed. Gruber is an MIT health economist and is credited as one of the intellectual godfathers of the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare-CaduceusThis wasn’t a slip of the tongue. A second new video caught him talking about the “Cadillac tax” on high-end health plans. Gruber said, “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.” A third video (at last count) has been revealed in which Gruber echoes his opinion about the “stupidity” of Americans. And as you would expect, the media have initiated a media blackout to protect Obamacare and the Obama administration.

But Mr. Gruber isn’t the only person in the Obama administration who displays an utter contempt for our nation’s voters. We can actually go to the top for confirmation.

President Obama, when asked about his reaction to the results of last week’s election, said he has a pen and knows how to use it, referring to his rule by edict through executive order.  A presidential aide on the night of the election told a New York Times reporter that the president “doesn’t feel repudiated.” In addition, Mr. Obama publicly questioned how the results could possibly be a mandate when so few Americans voted in the mid-term election.  “I’m the guy who’s elected by everybody, not just from a particular state or a particular district,” Obama said.

Not only is his arrogance stunning, keep in mind that this is the same man who just four years earlier, days after his second inauguration, pompously said to Republican congressional leaders that “elections have consequences” and “I won.”

PelosiThe House Minority Leader, pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi, has been infected with the same political disease. When questioned about the shellacking Democrats took from the voters she responded, “There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. . . . They won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”

What do these three people have in common? Arrogance? Ignorance? An appalling lack of decency? However you wish to describe it, they have signaled that the Democrats will do whatever they still can to defy the voters and do as they darn well please.

The six-million-dollar question for the new pro-life Republican leadership is, “How do we handle these spoiled children?” A national Pew Research poll shows two-thirds of Republicans have no patience or interest in trying to find common ground with the president and his minions—even if little gets done in DC.

Others feel it’s best not to go in with guns blasting, touting an all-or-nothing attitude. There’s some truth to either approach, but somehow the Republicans need to find the path to restoring our nation’s moral compass, its religious freedoms and the defense of our most vulnerable citizens—America’s preborn children.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee had a colorful way of describing the outgoing Senate Majority leader’s style of running that chamber: “Harry Reid has created the roach motel of legislation. The bills come in, but they never come out.” Some reports say as many as 420 bills have been passed by the House but languish in the Senate.  Will the new guard be able to rescue pro-life legislation held hostage?

One thing is certain. The new pro-life majority is going to need our “encouragement.” Very few politicians have the political spine to make the difficult decisions without you and me creating enough noise and discomfort for them; i.e., fear of losing their jobs.

January 2015 not only ushers in a new year; it begins an incredibly important time for you to be watchful, willing and able to communicate with your two senators and representatives. I cannot overstate your importance in helping pass pro-life legislation. Even if the president vetoes the bills, we’ll demonstrate to the nation why a pro-life president is critical in 2016.

Along with the victory we experienced last week comes much work in the months ahead. We prayed for pro-life candidates to be elected and God has graciously answered those prayers. Now He needs and expects you and me to be there for the babies and their mothers. Lives depend upon it.

Gird your loins. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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