As every American has been reminded daily for well over a year, we are blessed to be ruled by an historic prodigy who is by far the most brilliant and qualified individual ever to set foot in the Oval Office. Not merely the greatest politician, orator, and Constitutional scholar of his generation, President Barack Hussein Obama's overpowering intellect qualifies him to pontificate as an expert on any subject, from geopolitical history to geography to foreign language.
To this august array of knowledge can now be added credentials as a literary critic. Herewith, President Obama expounds on the deep inner meaning of one of English literature's great enduring works, Dr. Seuss' seminal Green Eggs and Ham:
Now here's the point: When your parents tell you to eat your broccoli [and] you don't yet know whether you are going to like them or not, you got to try them!
Only the Almighty can say what the good doctor's reaction to this nugget of unexpected wisdom might be. As literary criticism the President's observation may be open to debate.
As a reflection on Democratic philosophy of governance, however, it is more revealing even than Rahm Emanuel's admonition to "never let a crisis go to waste." Much like broccoli-leery children, Americans are not at all sure that Obamacare is good for them, despite the reassurances of parental Pelosi. And just as, Obama observed, children must chuff down their veggies regardless of qualms, so too did Nancy Pelosi advise Americans to take their legislative medicine like a good boy:
We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it!
So goes the old rhyme: "Open your mouth and close your eyes, and I will give you a great surprise!"
One difference: When your mom says this, you're probably going to wind up with a piece of candy. When the bully on the playground tries it, though, you're more likely to eat dirt.
Well, America has had its nose held and been forced to swallow. Obamacare has not been down the hatch long enough for proof positive, but it sure tasted like dirt going in.
Are our rulers kindly, all-knowing parents? Or are they more like the playground bully?
If you don't appreciate being treated like a child, you know who to vote for in November. But if you're just feeling a bit queasy and want Mommy to give you some medicine, well, you can only hope the next book on Obama's reading list isn't Karl Marx's Das Kapital.