People who subscribe to the conservative political philosophy have gone berserk over the recently enacted health care reform. “It’s the end of the world,” they say, “Armageddon, a dark day for America. He (Obama) is trying to destroy the nation.” And those are some of the nicer things they are saying about the situation.
Obama recently responded to these cries of anguish in a speech to an Iowa audience. “After I signed the bill,” he said, “I looked outside and didn’t see any asteroids falling on the earth.” He continued to joke about predictions of Armageddon, the last great battle in the history of the world. Republican response has been predictable. “It is just wrong that the president would taunt us and make fun of us,” whined one caller to C-SPAN’s popular Washington Journal.
From my perspective, those who engage in such inflammatory language by comparing the health care reform to “Armageddon” deserved to be taunted. If you engage in such hyperbole you are inviting your opponents to consider you as a joke. So, live with it.