The Obama administration has been riddled with multiple scandals such as Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi, the red line on Syria, saying he is protecting Israel’s back, NSA and now the Obamacare roll out.
Bob Woodward on the Chris Wallace Show on November 18th said he was not impressed with President Obama’s lie about Americans keeping their own insurance and their doctor if they like him.
To paraphrase Bob Woodward’s comment he said President Obama’s goal was to do something Noble for the American people. He wanted to provide insurance for the 30 million uninsured Americans.
My impression is Bob Woodward was forgiving President Obama’s “Noble Lie.” He moved on to the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare web site.
I was floored.
I thought about Bob Woodward’s statement for a long time. His statement reminded me of Plato’s Philosopher King.
My humanities teacher at Columbia College, Gilbert Highet ,was obsessed with Plato’s concept of the “Noble Lie.”
They knew rulers, no matter how well educated or experienced, actually have no superior knowledge to ordinary people, because they all understand and judge reality at the same level.
That’s why Noble Lies aren’t just wrong. They also don’t work very long because citizens can see what’s real and true just as clearly as any of Plato’s Philosopher Kings, and sooner or later will catch them out.
President Obama has a knack of moving the traditional media quickly off one “Noble Lie” on to another before the first lie and its consequences can be fully appreciated by the people.
George Will had a wonderful statement about this ability. He called it
The Democrats who voted for Obamacare either knew or understood its provisions. If they did not understand the provisions because they did not read the bill before they voted for Obamacare they were not doing their job.
It was predictable that Obamacare would be a disaster for ten of millions of Americans already holding health insurance policies.