"You're stupid!"

By Tom Quiner

Why is Obamacare such a miserable failure? According to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, it is because the American people aren’t smart enough to properly use the Obamacare exchanges.
The always quotable Mr. Reid says that you …

“are not educated on how to use the Internet.”

Taking a page from the Blamer-in-chief, he proclaims that the problem isn’t the system, it is you:

“We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and they didn’t get through. There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time. … The example they gave us is a 63-year-old woman came into the store and said, ‘I almost got it. Every time I just about got there, it would cut me off.’ We have a lot of people just like this through no fault of the Internet, but [because] people are not educated on how to use the Internet.”

Did you catch that bit toward the end? When someone gets kicked out of the system, as happened repeatedly to my 32 year old son who lives on the internet in his business, it’s not the system, it’s the user.
It’s us stupid Americans who are the problem.
Stepping back and assessing the results of the Obamacare rollout, I’m not sure the evidence supports Mr. Reid.
I think the Brianiacs who designed Obamacare are a little bit more of the problem than us dumb, old Americans.
But I could be wrong.

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  1. JoeC on March 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Most people I know on a casual basis assume I am a Christian. Unless I am asked specifically, I just don’t bring it up. I have never tried to convert anyone away from Christianity. I may argue online about issues surrounding Christianity such as gay rights or evolution, but in real life it rarely comes up.
    But when it does, I have yet to have anyone just say, “Oh, ok” and move on. Instead I hear things like “But you seem like a nice guy.” “What happened that made you hate God?” “You’ll come back around.” One person even asked me why I bothered living at all.
    I try to explain that it was not a decision I made lightly and for me, I just don’t think there is enough evidence to believe in a literal Bible or that God exists.
    This always brings the “Well you should come to my church.” Of course when I say no thanks, then it becomes clear that in their eyes, I am the villain.
    The reason I bring this up is that I was asked whether I was planning on going to the new Noah movie. When I told them I would probably wait until it came out on DVD, he went into the whole analysis of how it strays from the literal word of the Bible. I responded that I did not think most of those stories were meant to be literal but more stories to teach morality. You would have swore I kicked his grandmother. I wouldn’t be surprised if he never talks to me again.
    Christians are known for getting out there and “spreading the good word”, trying to get converts, pushing their morality onto everyone else. Why is it that my refusal to buy into your beliefs an attack on your religion? Even if I were to go around and try to get people to give up their religion, at best I would be doing no more than what most Christians do already.

    • quinersdiner on March 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Joe: I really appreciate your comments on many fronts. No doubt there are Christians who are clunky in their attempts to evangelize. My experience is that if discussions on faith turn into a debate, no one’s mind will be changed. Rather, each party digs in and defends their position. I try to the best of my limited ability to explain why I believe the way I do regarding faith matters, and hopefully I do it respectfully, but realize if I wield a club, I will actually drive people away from the faith.
      I don’t know if I’m going to see Noah. Probably not. But if I do, I will approach it as an action movie instead of a faith-based production.
      I agree with you that the Bible can’t be interpreted literally from beginning to end. Each book in the Bible has to be approached with an understanding of what the author was trying to convey. Some books are historical, some are allegorical, some are poetry. But the meaning is inerrant and inspired. As a Catholic/Christian who occasionally invokes his faith on this blog, I am amazed at the hostility I often observe from atheists (not from you, for the record). The advent of evangelical atheism is an interesting phenomenon, since so much of their outreach involves denigrating Christianity generally, and Catholicism specifically.

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