Thanksgiving used to be about being thankful. Now it’s about talking points.
Progressives have already tried to ruin Thanksgiving by condemning it as a genocidal holiday commemorating European colonialism or by giving snippy little speeches about consumerism.
But they didn’t have a way to actually get into living rooms to ruin the holiday until now.
Not content that the price of a whole frozen turkey went up 37% under his economic policies, Obama decided to completely ruin Thanksgiving dinner by turning it into an angry debate about ObamaCare.
If you were hoping to eat your turkey in peace; forget about it. Michelle Obama not only wants to control your menu; she also wants to control the topic of your family dinner conversation by exhorting your more impressionable relatives to sell you on her husband’s substandard ObamaCare junk plans.
The “Health Care for the Holidays” page on BarackObama.com, promoted by his wife, urges his remaining devoted followers to “pledge” to push ObamaCare on family members and advises “integrating the talk into family time”.
Because there’s nothing that says “family time” like teaching people to hijack family dinners to become used health care salesmen; BarackObama.com offers sales tips like “Make it memorable”, “Be Persistent, but keep it positive” and “Find a quiet place”. That last tip will prevent other family members from hearing their screams of horror at the size of their new ObamaCare premiums and deductibles.
These aren’t tips for talking to family members; but for scamming them out of money. They’re the sort of crude sales techniques that MLM affiliates get in the mail. Be positive, be persistent and eventually you’ll sucker some poor idiot into an ObamaCare plan with a bigger deductible than the national debt.
And if the poor idiot is related to you… that just makes him an easier mark.
Doing its best to make ObamaCare seem like a creepy cult, Obama supporters are instructed to badger family members with cries of “Have you thought about signing up”, “Would you like to sign up now”, “When do you plan on signing up” and “Have you signed up yet.”
The only things missing are; “If you don’t sign up for ObamaCare, you’ll burn in hell” and “If you don’t sign up for ObamaCare, I won’t love you anymore.”
But it’s not just Organizing for America, the rebirth of Obama’s 2012 campaign as a mutated Super PAC dedicated to pushing a non-partisan agenda of convincing people to do everything that Obama says, that is working on ruining your Thanksgiving. MSNBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post have also gotten into the Thanksgiving Knockout Game.
The Washington Post offers a guide for convincing all your relatives that ObamaCare is working great because 12,000 people have signed up in Washington.
There’s tips for convincing your mom and dad that ObamaCare isn’t a disaster, persuading your grandfather that ObamaCare doesn’t have death panels, assuring your brother that he won’t lose his employer health plan, brushing off your uncle’s complaint about his health plan cancellation and convincing your cousin’s girlfriend who has a degree in Computer Science that she doesn’t know anything about what’s wrong with Healthcare.gov and should just shut up.
Not only will the Washington Post preemptively map out your family arguments for you, but the answer to each of them is that Obama, like a certain Orwellian ham, is always right.
Even Pravda couldn’t have done any better.
The Los Angeles Times goes for the obnoxious and the blatantly cynical with debate tips like “Flatter your opponent”, “Argue by anecdote” and “Call out the other person for arguing by anecdote”.
And if any family members get sick of your Los Angeles Times approved plan to hijack Thanksgiving by coming to a prepared debate with an assistant to look up things for you on a smartphone while you anecdotally compare Republicans to Hitler; the Los Angeles Times also offers tips for handling “annoying peacekeepers” who say things like “Why don’t we just try to have a nice time on Thanksgiving?”
The nerve of these people trying to actually have a family dinner on Thanksgiving instead of a screaming match about ObamaCare. Don’t they know that their attitude is ruining your progressive Thanksgiving?
“That’s when you say, ‘For sure, in a minute, but these are serious times and I think it’s good for all of us, as Americans, to talk through what’s going on.’ The ‘as Americans’ line is especially difficult to argue with on Thanksgiving,” the Los Angeles Times advises.
It’s a lot easier to argue with when the cynicism behind liberal “As Americans” speechifying is this blatantly exposed. Liberals love cloaking their propaganda in fake Americanisms. They don’t usually admit that they’re just putting a pilgrim hat on a Socialist turkey.
But what if you’re a fanatical progressive who doesn’t think that berating family members about ObamaCare over Thanksgiving dinner is in the spirit of the holiday? The really bad good news is that there are other liberal causes that you can scream at them about.
Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization that mixes together racist violent mayors and clueless celebrities to “Demand a Plan” has a Thanksgiving turkey placemat to print out and shove at family members so that they too can “demand a plan”. (Even if the plan is smuggling liberals to Mexican drug cartels.)
The Bloomberg Turkey (not legal in New York due to its size and transfat content)is less about selling your family members on trashing the Second Amendment and more about celebrating Bloomberg’s pet taxpayer-funded lobby with quizzes that ask how many races the “Washington Gun Lobby” has won and whether they live in a state that requires background checks for firearms purchases.
Leave it to Mayor Bloomberg to find a way to make the ObamaCare Thanksgiving sales pitch look good.
But what if talking about shooting people just doesn’t feel like appropriate Thanksgiving dinner conversation? There’s always killing babies.
Planned Parenthood has been giving out tips for promoting abortion at Thanksgiving for years. The handout urges Planners to avoid discussing “when life begins” and focus instead on shared values like everyone having the right to decide “whether to become a parent” or to carry a dead baby in a handbag to a Victoria’s Secret store.
Planned Parenthood urges framing abortion as a personal issue instead of a political issue. But whether it’s personal or political; the baby is still dead and Thanksgiving dinner is still ruined.
But what if you don’t want to limit yourself to just one way of ruining Thanksgiving?
the Democratic National Committee has gotten into the fun with YourRepublicanUncle; a site that promises to do for Thanksgiving what the Democratic Party already did for America.
There are tips for debating family members on every liberal cause. Don’t just settle for screaming at your uncles about abortion, ObamaCare or ObamaCare’s abortions.
The Democratic National Committee also wants you to scream at family members about the economy, immigration and global warming with talking points that read like crazy drunken lies claiming that Obama’s increase of the National Debt from 10 trillion to 17 trillion is actually a dramatic decrease and that he also cut taxes, created jobs and made life easier for small businesses.
And that unicorn rubbing its nose against the money tree outside while running a perpetual motion free energy generator with its magic horn?
Obama invented it.
Other talking points straight from the confused space between Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s ears and mop of unwashed hair to your family table reveal that ObamaCare saves businesses money and that there’s nothing Socialist about it.
After three courses of screaming about ObamaCare, abortion and the economy; the DNC’s desert is claiming that illegal aliens won’t take American jobs (whose jobs will they take?) and that illegal alien amnesty isn’t amnesty because the illegals might possibly sorta (probably not) have to pay a fine.
Despite all the effort and energy being poured by Obama Inc, the DNC, MSNBC, the LA Times and the Washington Post into turning Julia into the best community organizer and unpaid ObamaCare salesperson that she can be; none of these debate prep tactics will really win any arguments.
They’re not supplying their ObamaCare unpaid sales staff with an overview of the argument, but with the same inaccurate and distorted talking points that they use in their one-sided conversation with the American people. And that leaves them unprepared for a real world debate.
The liberal Thanksgiving-spoiler comes to the debate with no response to the 7 trillion increase in the debt because he has never even seen the figure. Meanwhile his conservative relatives have already absorbed every single one of his liberal talking points from the evening news and the evening paper.
But this isn’t really about winning arguments. All the debate prep comes packaged with heavy doses of contempt for “older” conservative relatives. Whether it’s the DNC’s Your Republican Uncle, OFA’s crazy uncle or the LA Times writing “Hint: Older people usually stink at using phones”; the real theme isn’t winning arguments, but maintaining the mental bubble in which Obama supporters live when they go outside their natural urban liberal environment.
ObamaCare’s target population is the young. The debate prep is really about convincing them not to question ObamaCare by injecting a bunch of talking points directly into their brains and reinforcing their contempt for everyone who disagrees as a bunch of ignorant racist old people who don’t know nearly as much about health care as the guy who didn’t know that his entire health care plan was a turkey.