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The Weekly Daley: Apocalypse du jour

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From page A6 | June 28, 2013 | 27 Comments

The Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act is just the most recent calamity to destroy life in America as we know it. We will never be the same, just the way that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) ruined everything we hold near and dear a couple of years ago. Everything!

Then-House Minority Leader John Boehner prophesied in March 2010 that the health care reform law represented “Armageddon, because it will ruin our country.”

A few months later, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (perhaps gearing up for his run at the White House) said, “Health reform will destroy the country because in the next year or so, America will have to dramatically cut the military because we can’t pay for it.” (I hadn’t noticed, but I guess it already happened?)

At about the same time, in October 2010, Oklahoma’s Sen. Tom Coburn lamented, “There will be no insurance industry left in three years.”

Here it is, almost three years later, and the demise of the insurance industry has neither been announced nor recently predicted.

In July 2009, Glenn Beck described the ACA as “the end of prosperity in America forever … the end of America as you know it.”

Now: “Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage: ‘Tragic Day for Marriage and our Nation,’ Said U.S. Catholic Bishops.”

A tragic day for marriage and our nation? Indeed? What would that look like? Would it look like John Boehner’s “Armageddon” or Rick Santorum’s “destruction of our country?” Will it signal the “end of prosperity in America” and finally bring Glenn Beck’s disaster prediction to fruition?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted “5 people in robes said they are bigger than the voters of CA and Congress combined. And bigger than God. May He forgive us all.” (This is really hard to stomach. That we all need to be “forgiven” for anything is profoundly arrogant, self aggrandizing and shameful of Huckabee.)

Earlier the governor announced that “Jesus wept” as if He and Huckabee had been hanging out and watching the news on TV.

“Supreme Court overrules God,” was FOX News commentator Todd Starnes’ take on the decision. Take a hard look at this comment. Can he be serious, really? Or is he just priming the pump to get lots of responses from others who profess to know what God wants or doesn’t want and then show what a big success his program is?

What a bunch of Henny Pennys. Henny Pennys if they actually believe what they’re saying (which I doubt more often than not). Real rascals otherwise.

Social and political sea changes occur from time to time, and immediately there are those who capitalize on them by scaring the daylights out of their unsuspecting flocks or audiences or followers. I have no doubt that they will be announcing an abundance of Websites to which “their” kind of folks will send money to carry on the fight against Satan, socialism, gay people, the U.N. and general wrong-headedness of every stripe.

President Obama’s election was projected to end life as we know it, and his re-election was the triumph of all that is bad and the suppression of all that is good, according to many of these doomsayers. Look around and we see that many things have gotten better in the past few months, if we count the housing market and the stock market and the jobs reports generally.

Not long ago, I challenged my brother, the gloomy conservative to make a list detailing how bad things are for him and others like him on that very day, keep it safe and check back on it a year from now to see whether the government has meanwhile outlawed guns, ammunition, the Bible, confiscated thousands of square miles of private property and thrown hundreds of thousands of right-leaning dissenters in prison and generally run amok at our expense.

The reason I made that challenge is because he predicted those and other horrors when Obama was first elected back in ’08 and again last November. And like Boehner’s Armageddon, somehow they never came to pass. And like that Armageddon, the newest Apocalypse du jour is likely to have about the same impact.

Chris Daley is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. His column appears each Friday.

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Discussion | 27 comments

  • James E.June 27, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    I'm guessing this will get a few comments.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 27, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    John, is Chris Daley your nom de plume?

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  • Kirk MacKenzieJune 28, 2013 - 6:10 am

    Mr Daley -- yeah, politicians are constantly crying wolf. Every event and perceived scandal is "the worst in my lifetime"...pretty funny until the wolf actually shows up.

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Winston Churchill was quoted by Prince Bismark as early as October 19, 1930 "that Hitler or his followers would seize the first available opportunity to resort to armed force." Reagan predicted the Soviet Union would collapse years before it ever did. "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." —CS Lewis "Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread." -Thomas Jefferson Is the premise of this column to suggest that Rome did not fall?

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Chris, look up incrementalism.

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    James, remember what I told you about first graders.... http://www.humanevents.com/2013/06/28/bert-and-ernie-come-out-in-new-yorker/

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  • James E.June 28, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Cookie, Bert and Ernie relationship confirmed.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Obamacare is about the greatest thing since sliced bread. Los Angeles schools will receive $990,000 to help flog it, with $36 million taxpayer dollars overall being distributed to CA school districts for the purpose. This is a great leap forward from selling girl scout cookies. Sales opportunities for our school children abound. Perhaps schools should get a % of sales, thus relieving budgetary problems.

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    Evelyn, I posted an article about that yesterday with the statement that the term useful idiot is recyclable. We know they aren't teaching them cursive so they might as well be indoctrinating them on the benevolence of government.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    cookie: It is staggering to know that school kids are reduced to panhandling Obamacare. What's next?

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  • DB SmithJune 28, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Evelyn, they did say to the voters that all of the Prop 30 tax monies would go to the classroom but they didn't say it couldn't be used for political purposes.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    However great Dem fanatics may believe Obamacare to be, they have to admit it's not something that sells itself.

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  • EvelynJune 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    DB: School children selling Obamacare doesn't even register as political. In the absence of being able to corral a word appropriately characterizing this monstrosity, all I can come up with is taxpayer-funded BRAINWASHING. Or the PROSTITUTION of school children in furtherance of the corporatized medical-insurance industry which robs citizens of decent, truly affordable medical care.

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  • DB SmithJune 28, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Evelyn, it is a political and a taxpayer-funded brainwashing indoctrination. I like it when you use caps one in awhile.

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  • DB SmithJune 28, 2013 - 7:14 pm

    Daley, I wasn't going to comment on your letter because there isn't enough cyber ink to list all of the failed policies and actions of the current government and the long term effects of it. Go eat a worm!

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  • cookie65June 28, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    I guess Chris doesn't see any problems with scenarios like this happening more and more frequently. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/06/62098-rep-duckworth-lays-smackdown-on-irs-contractor-for-claiming-veterans-disability/

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  • stevefrischJune 30, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Yet we are growing jobs, more people are soon to have health care, no ones marriage is being split up because gays can marry, real estate has stabilized and is on the way back up, we have had the largest increase in the stock market (even with the profit taking going on at the end of the second quarter), California exports are up, the deficit at both the state and the federal level are dropping more than they did in the previous administrations, we have backfilled about $200 billion in pension debt in California, abuses of the system are vetted and argued vigorously in a free press and President Obama and Governor Brown get no credit or praise for any of that from the Henny Pennys. The name of the game from the critics is FEAR, sow fear, FEAR of change, FEAR of anyone who is different, FEAR of the future. When did America become a land of reactionary FEAR instead of a land of opportunity? Conservatives will gain ground when they clearly articulate a positive proactive vision of the future rooted in conservative principles, not by using FEAR of the future as a strategy. It is those who act on the premise that the arc of the moral universe Is long, but It bends toward justice who are inexorably carrying the day. It is the premise of the FEARFUL that the past is the best we can do. It was also Winston Churchill who said that "if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future."

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 30, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    stevefrisch writes, "we have had the largest increase in the stock market (even with the profit taking going on at the end of the second quarter)." I wish it had just been end-of-quarter profit taking. Bernanke hints exit strategy and China's credit markets lock up and the world bond market goes skitzo. Bernanke's exit strategy is retirement. Hold on. Let's chat again about pension debt AFTER the QE# whatever exit, OK?

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  • cookie65June 30, 2013 - 11:19 am

    stevefrisch, there isn't any need to tell us what the leftist media tells you to believe. We are all well aware.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 30, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    SF Giants break 6 game losing streak!!! Giants 5 - Colorado 2 Go Giants!!!

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  • cookie65June 30, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Phil, do you suppose stevefrisch has the slightest clue that the market is being kept afloat by the $85billlion (with a B) of PRINTED money being pumped into it every month by the fed and the fraudulent pension funds are based on that also. I am sure he doesn't question he fact that the week after hundreds of thousands of high school and college graduates entered the job market with no jobs he was told unemployment in California went down. He probably also isn't aware that nearly all of the real estate being sold right now are cash buying investors who are buying up property as soon as it hits the market without even looking at it. It isn't working people and families, their hours and jobs are being cut thanks to obamacare. Therein lies the difficulty educating leftists, they know what they know and no amount of reality will change it.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 30, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    Cookie, stevefrisch writes well enough. But stevefrisch writes gibberish. It's well composed gibberish . . . but gibberish. I liked stevefrisch's Churchill quote.

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  • cookie65June 30, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Here is a little bit on incrementalism from Dr. Walter E. Williams. http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/13/BitByBitStrategy.htm

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  • EvelynJuly 02, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    Obama admin unexpectedly announces one-year delays major requirement of the Unaffordable Health Care law: HERE - Tuesday's action is sure to anger liberals and labor groups, but it could provide cover for Democratic candidates in next year's congressional elections.

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  • EvelynJuly 02, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    THAT (above) was a bit of a muck up. ********* Obama admin unexpectedly announces one-year delay of major requirement of the Unaffordable Health Care law.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 02, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Uh . . . Evelyn . . . Check your math . . . Per the article - WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105 . . . " That would be a ninety two (92) year delay. FANTASTIC!!!

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  • EvelynJuly 02, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    WOW!!! I'm am pleased to have been the bearer of glad tidings.

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