An abridged version of this blog was originally published by The American Thinker and can be found here.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on “The Corrupt Operating Principle of Modern Liberalism”. The point of that piece is that “modern liberalism is an ‘ends justifies the means’ ideology driven by a single corrupt principle – expediency.” I explained that “modern liberalism uses whatever tools it can muster to advance its policy agenda” and that “modern liberalism focuses on winning the policy issue by whatever means necessary. Fidelity to democratic processes and adherence to constitutional principles are not required.”
I could not have known that my thesis would be so famously corroborated by a real life example so soon. While it’s not surprising that there would be examples to be found, I could never have expected one so indefensible and so utterly incapable of being “spun” by modern liberalism’s legions of apologists. Responsible is a man who, despite his Harvard doctorate degree and his deep involvement in the politics of misdirection, is apparently incapable of understanding the value of deniability and the permanent recording capabilities of modern technology.
We all know Jonathan Gruber by now. He was highly involved in the development of the Affordable Care Act. In October of 2013, Mr. Gruber participated in a panel discussion at The University of Pennsylvania on the ACA. Anyone reading this likely knows very well what he said and has seen the now notorious video. Here’s a word for word restatement of his now famous comments:
This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
Much has been made of Jonathan Gruber insulting American voters by calling them stupid. Though worthy of contempt, that comment is one of the least interesting aspects of this short statement, which is otherwise chock-full of revelations with respect to the modern liberal mindset. Insulting the American voter is bad. Demonstrating altogether one’s disregard for democratic principles is far worse.
First, Gruber says that the bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that the Congressional Budget Office did not score the mandate as a tax because, had it been scored as a tax, the bill would have died. The fact that the bill was written “in a tortured way” implies more than mere difficulty or complexity in the drafting process. When Gruber said “the bill was written in a tortured way,” he was saying that the drafters intentionally distorted or perverted the bill’s real meaning in order to fool the Congressional Budget Office.
Modern liberalism operates on expediency exclusively. Nothing matters but winning. The democratic process can be – must be – sacrificed to win. Gruber willingly proclaimed his disregard for the democratic process when he declared that “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” He demonstrated with perfect clarity that modern liberalism is indeed an “ends justifies the means” ideology driven by expediency when he said, “I wish…that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
For one brief moment, videotaped for posterity, Jonathan Gruber personified the modern liberal mindset. In an instance of perfect irony, he pontificated on the political advantages of avoiding transparency while simultaneously shining the bright light of day on the black heart of modern liberalism in the most transparent way possible. His perspective would be no clearer had he said, “It would be nice if we could tell the public the truth, but only if we get our way. If the only way we can get the bill passed is by perpetrating a fraud on the CBO and on the American people, so be it. Transparency and the democratic process be damned.”
Because modern liberalism as reflected by the actions of its establishment flag bearers is entirely policy driven and has no regard for our constitutional rule of law, the democratic process, or the truth, it is bankrupt of any guiding principle other than expediency. Its approach to governance and the acquisition of power is ultimately tyrannical because it seeks to impose its policies and obtain the political power necessary to do so by whatever means possible, without regard for any of the fundamental principles of our founding; principles which they no doubt deem outdated…the democratic process, limited government constrained by a constitution created by a sovereign people, and the unalienable rights of free individuals.
Jonathan Gruber certainly never intended to expose modern liberalism’s tyrannical approach so completely – but expose it he did. The revelations he provided should be often remembered and never forgotten.