GOP critics speak words of truth, but speak them an hour tardily
"What bill, what plan? . . . You lie!": These scathing words sound the note of alarm, at Democratic government intervention, dreaded, but surely in the offing. The mistrust, the cynicism, ring true - they know full well what Obama is "up to" , an FDR-style remaking of things, expanded Presidential executive powers - but the truth rings from a bell of the vanished '80s and '90s era . What was indeed "the truth" has become unworkable, unpragmatic: It may as well now be called "the lie". Why was such an impasse arrived at instead of warded off?
Truth , poltical truth, is not something static, which can hold its own in any time or in every rhetorical place - Kantian universalim notwithstanding. It shifts and changes according to the seasons of history. The saeculum of history, as Howe and Strauss so aptly put it, has no mercy, nor does autumn when summer's splendor fades.
The expression on the face of South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson is priceless: Unabashed, sincere, earnest. It is not, in any way, a fool's face. It is an honest face speaking in earnest , as Nietzsche says, in the worst possible manner: 15 minutes late on the historical clock; the face of a decent person showing up in summer flip-flops and bathing attire at a chilly, October apple harvest. Post seasonality is the only error.
"You lie!": An indictment coming too late, at an hour when these "lies" will be given more and more leeway and increasingly ample ground for action ; far morethan anyone 5 years ago could have imagined. Not that I believe, for one moment, that Obama has been deceptive about healthcare extending to illegal immigrants: But there will be so many things which rankle, which raise ire, which seem to fly in the face of "that which is reasonable"---but alas, can be deemed so no longer. To have warded off this time was the only solution, and it is too late now for that. I speak not as a Democrat nor a liberal - I am neither, an independent and both conservative and an advanced radical, as Butler said, depending on the issues - but as a watcher of the saeculum, the cycle of time in which there are no winners or losers, only change upon change: Hegelian style, the dialectic of the figures in the German clock, in which thesis/antithesis/synthesis is eternal law and rule.