Ukraine: The Diplomatic Solution; the Conservative Blessing in Obamacare!

There is a distinct preference out there, for solving our differences of opinion with the Putin gangster state “through diplomacy.” An elementary explanation is sadly in order here.

Diplomacy refers to one party explaining to the other with polite words how much harm it could do to that other party. And then, the second party takes its turn explaining to the first how much damage it could do to it if it really wanted to.

Once everyone understands concretely the other party’s capacity for evil, the parties get together to arrive at a compromise that minimizes the evil that  either party does to the other. That’s in successful diplomacy. Diplomacy often fails however. In 1939, Hitler and the Brits were talking to each other until the exact eve of the invasion in the west.

So, in this case, diplomacy only has a chance of  succeeding if doing severe harm is on the table in a credible manner. No perceived credible threat, no diplomacy.

Does anyone really believe that you can talk softly, talk sweet reason to Putin and that he will come to his senses and begin acting nice at last?

Another thing: As everyone knows, Obamacare is foundering. I am beginning to believe it’s a blessing in disguise. Whole young generations who really needed it are learning why Big Government is bad even when it’s trying to act nice. One of my young liberal friends is in the process of making a U-turn, I think. I don’t give myself the credit, much as I would like to. Mr Obama did it. My friend has a new bumper sticker on his car that says: “Obama- Dick-Dick.” That’s in Santa Cruz County so, it takes some courage. At least, he does not care a bit if his car is scratched! (My, that’s was evil and sly; I already feel a little ashamed!)

The Obama administration is not releasing figures the citizenry has a legitimate interest in knowing, such as: How many who signed up are also paid up? How many of the new sign-ups were without health insurance before? What is the net gain – if any -in insured  people who did not join publicly supported health insurance?

Refusing to divulge these figures has only one purpose. It’s to impede the opposition. That’s already Fascism. Not gathering these figures when you can and when you know some part of the public wants them is also Fascism. (Fascism is not an epithet, it’s political description. (See:  http://factsmatter.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/fascism-explained-3/   and others on this blog.  )

Obamacare was a dishonest venture from the first. If it had not been, its first act would have been to make all health insurance available across state lines so as to maximize competition between insurance companies. If any Republican lawmakers had resisted, it would have been a blood feast for the Democratic Party. Large-scale buddy capitalism is also part of a  classical Fascist program.

 

 

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English. When I write in French, I often use my middle initial “J” to avoid confusion with another blogger with views very different from mine. I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!)
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5 Responses to Ukraine: The Diplomatic Solution; the Conservative Blessing in Obamacare!

  1. Bruce says:

    Obamacare has created an excellent opportunity for the GOP to push for a real conservative in the White House.
    I hope to God it’s not a Jeb Bush type. It’s hard to believe Hillary is the front runner with all the baggage she’s carrying. Married to a serial rapist, questionable health, Benghazi, Vince Foster, etc. Fact is, she’s still the front runner! In a country of 340 million people, she’s the best we’ve got? Paul/Cruz would be my choice righ now.

  2. Bruce: Conservatives of all breeds have done a piss-poor job of selecting and pushing viable candidates who could speak clearly. Remember the last Republican primaries? The collective incompetence was embarrassing.

    Liberal mistakes are our only chance, I am sad to think.

    Hillary will be nominated because the country has had a first, impressively incompetent, black president, It’s time to have a first woman president, however incompetent and dishonest. It’s only fair, after all. Then, maybe, the first gay president irrespective of qualifications.

    The fallacious affirmative action thinking rules the minds of many, perhaps most of our fellow-citizens. American social scientists are conscious accomplices in this swindle.

  3. Rich in Soquel says:

    OK, I give up. What does “Obama- Dick-Dick.” mean/imply/suggest?

  4. “Obama is a dick.” I was not able to do a good job describing the layout. It’s a conventional pro-Obama sticker with the word “Dick” inscribed diagonally. Again, the young man who has it on his car was an Obama partisan until recently.

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