I want to add a hearty “amen” to David’s post on Michael Cohen’s recent article on President Obama’s truth-challenged claims about health care. My views on the economic literacy of the American electorate are Caplanian, but Cohen stakes out a position that is breathtakingly arrogant: in effect, Obamacare is so amazingly important as a policy goal that nothing–not even the truth–should stand in the way of its passage and implementation.

Are we so benighted that our exalted leaders have to stoop to lying in order to get us to want what’s best for us? Are we willing to accept Cohen’s scolding like so many codependents hanging our heads and making excuses for abusive and dishonest spouses? If so, I tremble for the future of the Republic.