Interlude—O’Reilly plays an old card: Sunday’s panel on Meet the Press featured the walking dead.
In Jim Sheridan’s film, In America, a grieving father, defeated by grief, says he “can’t think...can’t feel.” Our intellectual elites have been afflicted by this condition for quite a few decades now.
This death-in-life may be hard to see when it afflicts our elites. The people in question are famous TV stars. They’re well-known and quite self-assured.
Our brightest young journalists won’t describe the condition. Doing so could end their careers.
At any rate, our intellectual elites have been shambling about, arms extended, for quite a few decades now. Voters get badly conned in the process.
Consider one brief shining moment from last night’s O’Reilly Factor.
Mr. O did a very brief segment with “Fox business anchor John Stossel,” one of the channel’s resident libertarians. The comrades quickly agreed—it’s Obama’s fault that benefits are being “denied to some families who lost loved ones, killed in action in Afghanistan, all because of the government shutdown.”
As the segment ended, the tandem took turns topping each other about the dangers facing the country. We were struck by one statement by Mr. O, a statement we highlight below:
O'REILLY (10/15/13): So you are not particularly worried, though? You are not worried about this country? I mean, I know Stossel will be OK.Cable viewers were helped in their quest to be angry—and they were urged to be fearful. Among other things, viewers were told that “we don’t have enough money to pay for their” Social Security.
STOSSEL: Yes, I'm totally worried. I'm really worried as much we’re promising Medicare recipients we have enough money to pay for their healthcare. We don't.
O'REILLY: And we don't. No, and Social Security too.
STOSSEL: Dodd-Frank and Obamacare will kill the economy. I am very worried.
O'REILLY: Are you convinced that the Obamacare thing is going to kill the economy, are you?
STOSSEL: Well along with Dodd Frank and the 157,000 pages of other regulations that they have got.
O'REILLY: All right. John Stossel, everybody!
Directly ahead, as mentioned, the head of the Fisher House, which rescued the grieving families, will be here. He is angry tonight.
We were a bit surprised to hear Mr. O say that.
For decades, the future meltdown of Social Security was a major theme in the pseudo-conservative playbook of fear. In recent years, this theme has been mentioned much less.
Instead, viewers are told that Obamacare is going to kill the economy. Whatever happened to the claim that Social Security was going to collapse?
Social Security is bound to collapse! For decades, this gloomy claim was sold to the public—and the claim was widely purchased. In 2004, Tucker Carlson, hosting CNN’s Crossfire, recalled a famous survey from 1995:
CARLSON (12/16/04): I want to put up probably the most famous poll ever taken on Social Security. It was taken 10 years ago. But I think it says something important.In fact, that was a survey of younger Americans, ages 18-34. If the famous old survey was on the level, most of those people didn’t believe that Social Security would still exist by the time they retired.
SPERLING: I know exactly the one you're talking about.
CARLSON: Yes. This was taken by Luntz Research, Frank Luntz. And it asked two questions. Will Social Security exist by the time you retire? Twenty-eight percent say yes. Second question, do you believe in UFOs? Forty-six percent say yes.
More people believe in UFOs than they do in Social Security being there when they retire!
This scary claim has largely faded from view in recent years. Just a guess: For various reasons, it’s getting harder to claim that the program’s infamous trust fund is just “a worthless pile of IOUs”—that “the money isn’t there” because “we’ve already spent it.”
At any rate, that worthless pile of IOUs is no longer Scary Claim One. Today, Scary Claim One involves the fact that Obamacare is destined to ruin the nation. It’s “the worst thing since slavery,” Ben Carson recently said!
Last night, O’Reilly threw in a famous old claim, a claim which once did yeoman duty. This helps us note an important fact:
Our journalistic elites have been the walking dead for several decades now.
That shambling on Sunday’s Meet the Press isn’t a new phenomenon. For decades, voters were told that Social Security wouldn’t be there when they retired. They were handed a string of skillful deceptions designed to create this belief.
Tens of millions of voters got deceived in the process. During this time, our shambling elites, who can’t think and can’t feel, failed to respond to these claims.
It wasn’t that they weren’t smart enough, although they aren’t all that sharp. To appearances, they just didn’t care if the public got conned in that manner.
Decades passed in which bullshit reigned. Our elites just sat there and stared.
Last night, O’Reilly played a famous old card amid the newer cries of alarm. For decades, the walking dead looked away from this play as they shambled forward.
Tomorrow—part 3: Frank and Gladwell talk books
Update on Rosenthal, dead or alive: This past Sunday, Elisabeth Rosenthal returned to the front page of the New York Times.
Rosenthal is authoring a series, “Paying Till It Hurts.” The series involves another topic the walking dead have long avoided—the astoundingly high cost of American health care.
For decades, the walking dead averted their gaze as people were misled about Social Security. Similarly, journalistic elites have looked away from the astounding amounts of looting which characterize our health care.
They’ve simply refused to deal with the topic. It’s as if they can’t think and can’t feel!
Is Rosenthal fully alive? We had mixed reactions to her first three reports, which appeared on June 2, July 1 and August 4. At that point, her series disappeared.
Ten weeks later, her series is back. We haven’t yet read her new piece with care.
To read her new report, click this. Our question, which we can’t answer:
Is this the work of a real living person? Or is this a cloud of gorilla dust disbursed by the walking dead?
One last question for you to ponder: Have you seen this series mentioned, in any way, by your favorite liberal news orgs? The last time we checked, Rosenthal’s series hadn’t been mentioned, not even once, on The One True Liberal Channel.
Guys with flags get the full monte there. As they do, the massive looting in American health care rolls merrily along.
Red and blue voters get looted together. No one’s encouraged to notice.