It’s an axiom that we talk about often: the left, unable to justify their agenda through logic or sound reasoning, resorts to emotional appeals to state their case. That doesn’t mean that conservatives never use emotion to state their case – obviously, the trauma, professional and personal, that is caused by foolish liberal policy offers a great resource to illuminate to people tempted by the false promises of liberalism. I think emotional appeals can be and are appropriate when they are used to illustrate the wisdom of choosing a particular path. But it can’t be the sole basis of your argument. There must be some logical ground upon which you construct your position. With conservatives, it’s there. With liberals, it’s not.
That goes a long way in explaining why we’re seeing what we’re seeing from Barack Obama’s condescending lecture towards the Supreme Court. Take a look at this ridiculous statement
"I get letters every day from people who are affected by the health care law right now, even though it is not fully implemented. Young people who are 24 or 25 who say, 'You know what, I just got diagnosed with a tumor. First of all, I would not gone to get a check-up if I hadn't had health insurance. Second of all, I wouldn't been able to afford to get it treated had I not been on my parents' plan. Thank you and thank Congress for getting this done.'"
And this is the case he is making for upholding ObamaCare. He’s asked whether it’s constitutional and his response is, “I’m getting letters from 25 year olds saying they appreciate what I’ve done.” Do you see how pathetic that is?
Just think this through. I could easily find anecdotal stories that would say the exact opposite. I could stand up in front of a crowd and recount how I’ve gotten emails from families who owned small businesses that this law has devastated. The family’s business that was going to send the kids to college, that was putting food on their tables, that was their slice of the American Dream…gone, all because of this law. Isn’t that the “human element” Obama speaks of at play? Why is this family’s sob story any less important for us to remember than the ones Obama shares?
Or what of the elderly woman whose Medicare is being raided by ObamaCare? Or the one who is told by the bureaucratic machine that she needs to take a pain pill instead of getting a pacemaker? What about that human element?
See, we can cite personal stories, human stories that say the exact opposite of what Obama touts. This law is leaving such a wake of destruction – without even being fully implemented – that our stories would easily outweigh Obama’s thank you notes...no matter how many he makes up.
But ultimately all that is irrelevant. The question is whether this law is constitutional. The question is whether the law goes too far and violates people’s liberty from the intrusion of the federal government or not. Obama can’t answer that question. The left can’t answer that question. So instead they play this emotional game.
It’s transparent, it’s pathetic, and it’s foolish. And it also proves what flimsy ground the left stands upon.