If you remember your Greek mythology, the Chimera was a fire-belching beast assembled from three animals. a lion, a goat and a snake. I don’t believe that, like the Phoenix, the Chimera re-incarnated itself. But somehow the ancient gods must have transported it to America for surely it lives among us today.
The modern American Chimera like its ancient ancestor has been forged out of three parts. In our case the lion is cowardly but unlike its predecessor doesn’t spew fire but ephemeral soap bubbles of praise – that is our Mostly Silent Media. The goat – well, that’s the American public who have bought into a plethora of pleasing promises as they are herded to the killing shed. And the snake, that’s the Prevaricator in Chief, Barack Obama.
How did the most successful experiment in free enterprise and personal achievement succumb to a philosophy of gimmee? Perhaps the explanation is simply that we have been the beneficiaries of too much of a good thing – and rather than express our gratitude for our blessings we believed that we had a right to all that we had received and a right to expect even more.
In such a climate it is not surprising that the serpent, a beguiling creature, was able to convince us that he had the better way for us to go, if only we ate of the apple that he offered. And we ate – but unlike the Biblical Eve, our eyes were not opened – but rather we consumed the poison that the apple contained and it was addictive – and we wanted even more. The serpent had identified and played to our weaknesses – idleness and greed.
Unlike the serpent in Genesis, God has not punished our modern serpent – at least not yet. But that day may be coming. Even the most beguiling and successful snake oil salesman eventually gets to a point where those to whom he sold the magic elixir realize they have bought a product without value – or even worse, a product that is toxic. Obamacare is exactly such a product – as even the Mostly Silent Media are beginning to realize and, finally, report.
My dog Gracie is a gentle one hundred pound giant with the personality of an angel. In her seven years I have heard her growl only twice – and in both cases it’s because another dog got so rowdy with her that she let them know that their behavior was not acceptable. And the ferocity of the growl startled both the offender and me. She meant it. And the dog involved backed off in both cases. Dogs are, perhaps, more civilized than people.
The Obama administration has been embroiled in so many controversies that it is impossible for any person with even a modicum of morality to question if this is not the most corrupt government in American history. The only alternative, which is no better, is that it is merely inept.
The President should have run for office, not as a Democrat but as a member of the Know Nothing Party. He knew nothing about Benghazi, the IRS withholding exemptions from Tea Party organizations, the NSA spying on Americans, our snooping on our allies, the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website and now, the fact that as early as three and one half years ago the IRS, HHS and the Department of Labor admitted that as many as two-thirds of people who purchase their health insurance on an individual basis would be facing cancellations and would not, as he promised ceaselessly, “Be able to keep their insurance if they liked it.”
As we know, the President is a lawyer. He taught law as a professor. He should, one would hope, be familiar with the law. And if he is, he should be aware that ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating it. The President’s job is to be aware of important matters that affect the country and its people and ignorance is not an excuse but, rather, an indictment of failed leadership.
There is one aspect of the Obamacare website failure that has been grossly under-reported. That is that the contract which resulted in this debacle was awarded on a no-bid basis. There is no successful business which would undertake a major venture on that basis – at least not if it wanted to stay in business.
What is troubling, among other things, is that the primary contract went to a Canadian company, CGI Federal, at a time when the United States is sustaining an unacceptably high rate of unemployment. And what is more disturbing is that one of Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmates, Toni Townes-Whitley is a senior executive with that company. Is this blatant cronyism? You be the judge. Think Solyndra – another failed venture headed up by chums of the President.
The question of whether the goats in America continue on a path that continues them down the path to Chimerica or whether they smell the blood of their fellows and rebel against their mandated fate is up to them. At the moment, it is unclear which path we will follow. But perhaps the reality of what Obamacare is really all about will finally provide them the impetus to wake up and take action.