The Left here in America has been experiencing a wave of patriotism of late. Last week, we were told by Dallas Maverick owner (and hopefully future owner of the Dodgers), Mark Cuban that paying (more) taxes is patriotic.
And now we are being advised by Michael Moore that "patriotic Americans" will be cool with having to wait longer for health care.
"Things that are not life-threatening," Moore said on HBO's "Real Time" with host Bill Maher. "The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries is they let everybody in the line. We make 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you. No, not 'I'm going to get ahead because I have health insurance and they don't,'" Michael Moore explained.
Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, we find ObamaCare supporters letting the mask slip and speaking the truth and specific to Moore we find that the law wasn't really about improving health care but making sure everyone had equal access to the same crappy health care. But you all knew that, right?
But taking these two great moments in patriotism together and broadening the aperture, we believe there is something else at work, here: it's part of the narrative of lowering expectations... and being happy about it.
The Left knows the statist policies implemented by this administration have failed and further, know that their own statism has failed. To counter this, then, and as a way to cover for the administration, we are told that it's patriotic to accept higher taxes, lower quality of health care and, overall, a lower quality of life.
Where once, optimism reigned and with that a belief that innovation and initiative would work hand in hand to improve our condition here in this country, it has been replaced by a resigned shrugging of the shoulders by the political class all too willing to stymie entrepeneurialship and invention in the name of "equality" and that we should be happy, indeed, feel a swell of patriotism in our declining quality of life.