I don’t know why this new, seemingly small, development should break my heart, but it does. And maybe I really do know why.
It may seem like a little thing, but it’s not. In their ever-increasing attempts to deceive the public, the people in the Obama administration have now hijacked a piece of the heart of America, the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, and they’re using it as a tool to sell their lies. It stunned me to read that Andy Griffith is now on cable television shilling for the Democrat’s health care deform legislation. Andy Griffith is, of course, free to be used by the Obama administration if he wishes, but the lowness of this, the detestable idea of it, is what breaks my heart for our country.
The television advertisement, costing $700,000, was purchased by Medicare, which means it was paid for by the taxpayers. Mr. Griffith begins by wistfully thinking back to that oh-so-fine year of 1965 when Medicare was spawned. To a gently strumming guitar music bed, he says,
“1965. A lot of good things came out that year, like Medicare. This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits. And with the new health care law, more good things are coming: free check-ups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protects us and Medicare from fraud. See what else is new. I think you’re gonna like it.”
This ad is shamefully targeting our precious seniors, and is set to run on channels frequently watched by older people, like the Weather Channel, Lifetime, Hallmark and CNN. The reason for the ad is polling that shows older Americans are highly skeptical of the government’s illegitimate takeover of our medical system, and they’re certainly right to be skeptical.
What makes me sick about this is how the administration is using the leader of the all-American Andy Griffith Show to try to deceive our seniors. Who didn’t love the people of Mayberry? Almost the entire decade of the 1960s saw America’s love affair with Mayberry grow with each episode. We respected and trusted Sheriff Andy Taylor, who was the paragon of wisdom and virtue. The whole cast was part of our American family. Even the town drunk, Otis, was somehow transformed into a sympathetic character. Okay, surely the Mayberry of our minds was an ideal and not the truth of our lives, but it was our escape and our hope for the world–one where the laughs were plenty and the bad guy was always shown the error of his ways, where truth and justice and homemade apple pie from Aunt Bee were a guarantee.
So now, this devilish Obama administration gets its claws around the heart of Mayberry and trots out Andy Griffith to sell the lies of socialized medicine. If Sheriff Andy Taylor says it’s a good thing, well surely it is, right? Never mind that socialized medicine never works. Never mind how everywhere it’s tried, the people see a plummeting of quality, choice and availability, plus a skyrocketing of taxation. Never mind that rationing is inevitable. Never mind that we can’t afford it!
The terrible truth about this government takeover of health care is that our dear seniors will be the ones who get the worst of the already shabby deal. You must remember what kind of gang is running the show right now. They are people who are dark to the core. They are ruthless and without love or truth in them. There are no lows to which they will not stoop to accomplish their diabolical plans for our country. It’s not my concern that anyone may think that I exaggerate, because this is not hyperbole. This is deadly serious for America.
These junior dictators in power are Marxists who view people through the lens of perceived “usefulness” to the state. The man that the tyrannical Obama recess appointed to head the Medicare and Medicaid divisions, Donald Berwick, is another one of them. Phyllis Schlafly reveals some of his atrocious thinking in her piece published on World Net Daily. Mrs. Schlafly writes,
“Czar Berwick is on record as saying, ‘Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.’ He used this favorite Obama term in the context of praising Britain’s socialized-medicine system as ‘a global treasure’ and effusing: ‘I love it.’
Coincidentally with the announcement of Berwick’s appointment, Britain’s major newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph, uncovered widespread cuts in British health care that were adopted in secret and buried in obscure appendices and lengthy policy documents. These include restrictions on common operations, such as hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery, the closure of many nursing homes for the elderly and a reduction in hospital beds and staff.
Berwick admits that redistributing health care means rationing health care, which is why he has been called a one-man death panel. Last year, he admitted in an interview, ‘The decision is not whether or not we will ration care – the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.'”
It’s certainly no wonder that Obama went around the Senate and recess appointed this radical. And on top of Berwick’s passion for rationing health care and stealing our personal autonomy under socialized medicine, he is apparently a Jew-hater as well, with his heavy support for, and involvement in, the anti-Semitic organization, Physicians for Human Rights.
This whole rotten upcoming healthcare legislation created by the Obama administration is nothing but sickening bad news, and those Washington rats know it. They know we won’t willingly swallow that poisoned pill, but they continue to lie about it anyway. However, there are now too many of us with our eyes wide open, and that includes millions of our wise seniors who will not be fooled by Sheriff Andy Taylor who now has become the real Andy Griffith, just another lying Obama mouthpiece.
Gina Miller, a native of Texas, is a radio disc jockey. She also works with her husband installing and repairing residential irrigation systems and doing landscaping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.