Obamacare to “Control the People”

Finally, an honest Democrat.

Peter Barry Chowka at American Thinker brings us this gem:

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the Dean of the House of Representatives for being the longest serving member of the body (he was first elected in 1955, succeeding his father, Rep.  John Dingell, Sr.), made an amazing admission during a live telephone interview with Detroit WJR News/Talk 760 radio talk show host Paul W. Smith on Smith’s show Monday morning, March 22, 2010. The night before, Dingell had been a featured speaker at the Democrat Congressional leadership victory press conference after Obamacare passed the House.

In response to a question posed by Smith, Dingell said:
Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
The comment by Dingell begins 6 minutes 23 seconds into the twelve minute-long podcast of his interview on Smith’s radio show.  The podcast is titled “Congressman John Dingell tells Paul W. Smith he is thrilled with the passage of the health care bill.” It can be streamed or downloaded as an mp3 audio file from this page at WJR’s Web site.

Carol Platt Liebau at Townhall also carries this little slip:

Listen to Democrat Rep. John Dingell explain to a questioner (from the left) about why it will take until 2014 for ObamaCare to operate in all its glory:

It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

At least give him points for honesty, right?  That’s a more succinct, straightforward summary of ObamaCare’s effect (and for many of those who supported it, its aim) than we’ve heard from the President.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air offers comments and a video that contains the audio (yes, that’s what I mean to say).

It may be the mother of all Freudian slips (which is itself a Freudian joke, if you didn’t catch it).  “Control the people” could have one of two contexts here, of course; it could mean patient management, or it could be taken literally.  It would take quite a while to “control” 300 million people in either sense of the phrase.  Of course, in either sense, it’s one of the good reasons why the government shouldn’t be in the health-care business.  The private sector is better designed to manage patients.

But of course, the private sector isn’t designed to “control the people” in the literal sense.  You have to have government to do that, and people in charge who believe they should be in charge of “control[ling] the people” instead of supporting and defending the Constitution.

Melissa Clouthier at Right Wing News is kind enough to remind us what happened the last time the Democrats were in the position to exert that much government control, by pointing to Michael Zak at Big Government:

In 1854, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency.  Their top priority was to repeal the Missouri Compromise prohibition of slavery in the northern territories.  The author of this infamous legislation, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, was Stephen Douglas, a Democrat Senator from Illinois and owner of a slave plantation in Mississippi.

Senator Douglas claimed the law would be a final solution to the slavery question, so that Congress could move on to other issues.  In fact, the Kansas-Nebraska Act sparked a political firestorm.  Opponents of slavery – and the police state and economic stagnation that went with it – understood that, if unchecked, the slave system would expand throughout the territories and then the entire nation.

As the Democrat-controlled Supreme Court would soon prove with its 7-2 Dred Scott decision (both Republicans dissenting), pro-freedom Americans feared that the judiciary would uphold the expansion of slavery.  Many Democrats were already touting slavery (not for themselves, of course) for poor whites, too.  “Free Society!” declared a prominent Democrat newspaper, “We sicken at the name!”

Every American was forced to choose sides.  One was either for the free market system or against it; there was no middle ground.

Remember, they know what’s best. It’s for your own good. They will take care of you. Just give them your money and do as they say.

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