As I watch the political left drift more into “regressive left” territory, where they try to silence dissent, bully people into their views, use the government to enforce them, and threaten freedom of speech and thought, I am reminded of an episode a few years ago that really showed the hypocritical and contradictory attitude of so many progressives. A couple of years ago, there was controversy over a man named Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist. He was an important consultant for Obamacare (this is indisputable, no matter how much backtracking the White House and the likes of Pelosi tried to do), and videos surfaced of him admitting that the White House intentionally misled the Congressional Budget Office and the American voter in order to get the bill passed. He called the American voter “stupid” and then proclaimed that while the lack of transparency was unfortunate, it was well worth it because he’d rather have the bill than not.
Naturally, conservatives had a field day with this while it sent liberals reeling, with many in the liberal media being slow to discuss the story and criticize him and Obama. It was doubly entertaining to see many liberal journalists or commentators try to spin it. To his credit, liberal comedian Jon Stewart, who at the time was still host of The Daily Show, admitted the whole thing was slimy and ridiculed how the Democrats responded (though he still defended the bill), but satirist Stephen Colbert, then host of The Colbert Report and in the typical guise of his conservative character, did nothing but defend the left. MSNBC predictably downplayed the whole thing. Bill Maher, unsurprisingly, was completely unapologetic. This is not even mentioning many columnists who took up the task of trying to defend the integrity of the administration on this issue.
A couple of quotes from Maher and Colbert are very telling when it comes to the mind of progressives these days. Maher agreed that the voters of America are stupid, and because of that, they cannot be trusted. He likened Gruber’s and the administration’s strategy as hiding medicine in dog food because the dog is too stupid to realize that the medicine is good for it. Colbert, in his satirical way, stated, “Yes, contemptuous Democrats looked down on the American people from their ivory towers and thought, ‘What a pathetic horde of dullards, let’s give them health care!’” I actually find Colbert to be funny, but I was pretty disappointed at how defensive he came off and how non-sensical his satire was that day. After all, healthcare wasn’t “given,” as if it was something free that dropped from the sky; it became a mandated purchase. And of course all government programs are funded by taxes (another specious thing he made fun of); the issue is that Obamacare represented what was effectively a new tax even though they wrote the bill to try to hide this fact. The message of these two (and other progressives) was clear: We know better because you’re stupid, so shut up and accept it.