Maybe you should rephrase that, Madame Secretary?

Posted by: Phineas on August 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

When a majority of those surveyed believe that “socialist” is an accurate description of President Obama, saying that opponents of his health-care program need to be reeducated is perhaps not the best choice of words:

In an interview before the latest Kaiser results were released, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told ABC News that the sustained opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts has mainly been a function of “misinformation.”

“Unfortunately there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio on Monday.

With several vulnerable House Democrats now touting their votes against the bill, and Republicans running on repeal of the law, Sebelius said “misinformation given on a 24/7 basis” has led to the enduring opposition nearly six months after the lengthy debate ended in Congress.

“We have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.

Get it? Opposition can’t be based on a principled objection to a statist takeover of the health-care system, the insertion of federal bureaucrats into the most intimate decisions about one’s medical care, or the tremendous economic costs this “reform” imposes. Nope, it’s got to be “misinformation” fed to gullible rubes, who need “reeducating.”

Presumably again and again until they get it right.

I assume Secretary Sebelius is unaware of the disturbing associations “reeducation” brings to mind, such as the reeducation camps in Soviet Russia, Maoist China (especially during the Cultural Revolution), and Vietnam, to name just a few totalitarian hell-holes. Now, obviously she didn’t mean “put them all in camps and subject them to reprogramming as in Clockwork Orange,” but the choice of words is unfortunate and culturally clueless.

It’s also revealing, because it shows once again the arrogance and condescension toward the common people that lays behind the progressive-statist mindset: “Government experts know what’s best for you, Citizen peasant, so trust us and let us tell you why you’re wrong to oppose us.”

Come November 2nd, 2010, Secretary Sebelius and her colleagues will be the ones getting a real –and needed– reeducation.

COMPARISON: If you find yourself reminded of the votes a few years ago over the proposed EU constitution and the attempts to force nations that rejected it to vote again until they approved it, you’re not having hallucinations. The statist attitudes of our (Social) Democratic leaders and the European Union governing classes really are that alike.

(via Reason)

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “Maybe you should rephrase that, Madame Secretary?”


  1. Dana says:

    Why should she rephrase it, when she was using the word she meant to use?

  2. Pasadena Phil says:

    Dear fellow counter-revolutionaries,

    I look forward to meeting you all at the re-education camps. There will be no smoking allowed as we face the firing squad. Second hand smoke can kill you.

    Your friend,


  3. Pasadena Phil says:

    Interesting how we are the ones who need to be “re-educated”. They should have read the damn bill before embarking on their original “education” campaign of lies. We suspected they were lying all along. Now we know.

  4. Pasadena Phil says:

    Re-education Talking Points

    “When we said that you could keep your health insurance if you like it, we meant you can’t keep your health insurance.”

    “When we said the would be no death panels, we meant there would be death panels ”

    “When we said that costs would be reduced, we meant that they would be increased.”

    When we said that there would be no new taxes, we meant that there would be new taxes.”

    And so on….

  5. Carlos says:

    Yep, there sure is a lot of misinformation out there, Ms. Subversius. And it all seems to be coming from you and your cohorts, your boss and his sycophants.

    And, of course, the jackasses who voted for it, including those from Maine.

  6. PE says:

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.

  7. thomas mc donnell says:

    we all to stupid to understand when we’re being tyrannized.this is the same crap i got when i was in college in the sixties. there is nothing wrong with their ideas we just to stupid to understand them. no obamacare is a bad idea. more importantly the majority of the american people don’t want it. to force it upon the american people is tyranny.

  8. Bill Fabrizio says:

    Pasadena Phil, you missed the most important Re-education Talking Point:

    “When we said we would fundamentally transform America, we meant that we would fundamentally transform America”!

  9. Jo says:

    Remember, Chairman Mao is someone they admire–now he really knows how to whip his people in shape. Oh, to have that power over these ridiculous rabble rousers out there who cling to our guns and fundamental rights. Boy, do we need a good re-educating!