Solomon Explains Why People Believe Elizabeth Warren

Posted: Nov 11, 2019 9:37 AM
Solomon Explains Why People Believe Elizabeth Warren

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The reason why socialists believe socialism can “work” is because they have adopted the X-Files motto as their own: They WANT to believe that socialism can work.

There is almost no point in arguing with such people.

Elizabeth Warren recently “revealed” (to the extent that she gives any details) her Medicare-for-all plan. Predictably, Republicans are responding. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming claimed it was unrealistic.

Barrasso’s exact words:

“Elizabeth Warren, this past weekend, came out with her health care plan and it is not surprising that it took so long for her to come out with it because it is dishonest, and it is from fantasy land.”

Here’s the problem: many Americans live in Warren’s fantasy land. If you’re one of those people, and are still reading this post, you are saying to yourself right now that I and people like me are the ones living in a fantasy land.

Whoever is right or wrong, one thing that wise people have noticed is that people are often mistaken not because of misinformation but because they WANT to be mistaken. At the very least, they don’t bother to be careful when offered what they want. Twice we are told in Proverbs, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12; ESV). This repeated warning correlates with another pair of identical Proverbs: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; ESV). We are also warned, “One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless” (Proverbs 14:16; ESV).

Now maybe Warren is a genius who knows how to use government power to solve all our medical problems, and everyone who opposes her is someone who profits from those problems or a useful idiot who has been misled by those profiteers. But if that’s your opinion, what reason do you have for believing in her brilliance, and her opponents’ maliciousness and or stupidity, other than your desire for such a political solution to be possible?

Back when people were warning about Obamacare, they claimed President Obama was not being truthful when he promised that those who wanted to keep their doctor and their insurance plan would be able to do so. Famously, the President was directly lying to the American people. This is now a matter of public record and everyone (including Obama himself) admits that he lied.

Yet when a new batch of promises are made by someone wanting to go even further than Obama, her words are treated as self-evidently true. Anyone who is skeptical is regarded as acting in bad faith or out of stupidity.

The problem is that when fantasy land meets economic reality, people are too hooked on the dream to allow the nightmare to wake them up. Fantasy land changes from offering impossible promises to offering innocent scapegoats to blame for getting in the way of the paradise that we could have if only everyone would cooperate and comply. “When a man's folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD” (Proverbs 19:3; ESV).