Five to one, baby...one in five....
No one here gets out alive...
The late Jim Morrison wrote and sang this over 40 years ago, and it seems rather poignant now that we have passed the anniversary of the Woodstock Nation and consider the divisive national health care debate.
For one thing, it does point out the limitations of salesmanship. Medicine will never fully solve the fact life is a terminal condition. It may prolong life, and improve life, but mere mortals are not "partners with God"; and only He can grant life beyond the here and now.
And the term Five to One applies clearly to the imbalance in media spending between the unions and industries looking to pass the government health care takeover, and the relatively impoverished opposition.
The lyrics of "Five to One" depict rebellion against a distant establishment :"they got the guns, but we got the numbers" which sure seems like the attitude of angry citizens screaming at smug incumbent officeholders eager to label their own constituents a mob.
One of the major problems I think that the Obama team and the Hill Democrats have is they fundamentally don't understand the mentality of most of the 1960's protesters, who are now today the 60-somethings opposing Obamacare with fervor reminscent of that era.
Perhaps Bill Ayres wanted a "revolution"; but most Americans agreed with John Lennon that if you were carrying pictures of Chairman Mao you weren;t gonna make it. The rebelliouness of the 1960's was largely spurred by opposition to a "mandatory government program"--to wit--the Draft.
Sure ,some people of that era wanted communes and socialism--but a huge number--especially bikers and druggies--wanted the government to "leave them alone".
Don't send then to Vietnam. Don't bust them for pot. Don't tell them how to live their lives.
So when the military draft ended in 1973 much of the fuel of the counterculture was taken away. Free from government coercion, young people were then accused of becoming part of a "me decade"
True, there was a huge cadre of earnest lefties who entered government as a result of the "Watergate election". But the relentless expansion of government demanded by the likes of Chris Dodd. Henry Waxman, David Obey, and Tom Daschle was dealt a huge setback by the decisive 1980 election.
Some observers have noted that while voters under 30 in 1972 were slightly inclined towards McGovern (as he lost nationally by 21 points) the same age cohort of voters (i.e. voters DOB 1942-1954) were inclined towards McCain as he lost to Obama by 7 points. Clearly in the interim these voters became less entralled with "change" candidates.
I would suspect a substantial part of this has to do with the fact these Americans rebelled against statism and much as they may support "their" entitlement programs, they will never sign on to new forms of big government without profound skepticism. Remember, they saw with their own eyes the extravagant promises and expensive failure of the Great Society. Those eyes are jaundiced now.
If the government told you 40 years ago you had to go fight in Vietnam, you might not be too keen on having your kid told by the government what kind of health insurance he is required to have. We are taking people open to the "leave us alone" coalition.
Remember, Dennis Hopper was the prototypical hippie in "Easy Rider". He is a Republican now.
So, it appears the Obama team has started an era of divisive national unrest over a program which it cannot sell, promises to bankrupt the nation, and where there is no definition of victory. Sounds, hmmm like a quagmire.
Back to "No one here gets out alive". I think this will end in one of only two ways.
The Obamacare fiasco will collapse in a heap, and then next phase will be investigations into the sleazefest employed to try and sell the debacle, including a "pay to play'"scheme between Billy Drugbucks and David Axelrod. and Axelrod's improper e-mail spamming.
Note to Mr. Axelrod. Transactions your firm performed in northern Illinois are within this gentleman's legal jurisdiction. Perhaps you ought to acquaint yourself with this law . or this law. Some politicians around here found out it's not good to mix business and politics. Don't worry. These laws run a lot less than a thousand pages to read. You'll have plenty of time to call white collar counsel.
The alternative will be Obama and his allies win an absolutely Pyyrhic victory decimating the ranks of Democratic moderates in 2010 elections and creating a huge radicalized political movement even more and more ardent to fight the socialization of American culture. Perhaps the Greater Great Society is enacted; only to rip to shreds the nation it was meant to heal. Or maybe we become France, except with more debt.. Which might be worse.
I've had my differences with Peggy Noonan, but now she's spot on. A prudent leader would pull the plug and stop sinking deeper into the health care quagmire
But our President is insistent on making the worst mistakes of 1960's Democrats, accusing critics of merely being irresolute . History lesson, folks. No one there got out alive, either.