Byron York goes to ground zero in the health care debate, attending a meeting of Organizing for America, the Obama campaign morphed into a grass-roots organization to promote socialized medicine:

You’ve heard Republicans warning about a “government takeover” of the health care system. It’s safe to say that’s exactly what a lot of these people want. … [I]n the world of Organizing for America, the most intense debate is among those who want Obama to seek a single-payer government plan now and those who prefer such a plan but believe it is not politically possible at the moment.

The Obama administration instructs these supporters to “practice sharing your personal health care story.” But, as York notes, “[t]he striking thing about the group at La Madeleine is that most of them don’t really have personal health care stories.” We are about to destroy our health care system, apparently, even though it serves a large majority of Americans very well. An odd outcome, one would think, in a democracy.

Andy McCarthy addresses a line in President Obama’s Cairo speech that I, too had puzzled over:

[I]n the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That’s why I’m committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

But, as Andy notes, that’s silly: our laws on charitable giving do not discriminate against Muslims. Except in this respect: it is illegal to contribute money to a “charity” that supports terrorist activities. Is this rule slated for non-enforcement by Eric Holder’s highly-politicized Justice Department?

Dan Blatt (Gay Patriot West) attended a Claremont event last night, at which George Will spoke. Dan took a date:

[W]hile he proudly sported a name tage with his real name at this shindig, he asked that I not include his name here, lest the revelation of his conservative politics hurt him professionally.

Once again, it was easier for us to be “out” as gay at a conservative event than to be out as conservatives in Hollywood circles.

I agree with Dan’s comments about George Will, who in person is an excellent speaker.

At Pajamas Media, John Rosenthal argues that Obama’s recent visit to Dresden was not as innocent or as devoid of apologetic symbolism as some of us thought at the time.


Books to read from Power Line