Regular readers of Personal Liberty know I tend to quote the sword-wielding Spaniard Inigo Montoya from the film “The Princess Bride.” Since the Democrats enjoy such a cozy relationship with Hollywood, I suppose it’s ironic that a line made famous by Hollywood would so perfectly fit the plot twists and cliff-hangers proffered by President Barack Obama’s legacy-defining Obamacare rollout. In the immortal words of the simple, but wise, Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

I love that line — partially because it’s a terrific bit of writing, partially because Mandy Patinkin delivered it perfectly and partially because it’s an appropriate rejoinder to almost any claim Obama and the Obamacare horde might make.

For those victims of the teachers’ unions, “you” would be the teeming masses of Obamacare cheerleaders who continue to spout already-debunked talking points, phantom “success stories” and fictional “enrollment” numbers while either ignoring, discounting or outright slandering the sources of real-life horror stories created by Barry’s Big, Huge Fraud.

The “word” would be — as the latest in a series of delayed “deadlines” passes with yet another multi-car pileup at the Obamacare exit from the information superhighway — virtually every promise Obama and his accomplices made regarding every aspect of Obamacare.

But Montoya is hardly the lone “Princess Bride” character to serve as an apt metaphor for the Democrats’ showing over the past six years. While Inigo’s signature phrase fits the Democrats’ inexplicably rosy view of the Obamacare disaster like the holocaust cloak fit Fezzik, the Democrats themselves size up pretty well as Inigo’s ill-fated boss, that diminutive devil Vizzini. Even as each page in the Obamacare script has been forced into drastic rewrites, they’ve pressed on with their scam like Inigo’s pint-size employer. Despite increasingly predictable failures at every turn, neither the Democrats nor Vizzini hesitated to undertake their sinister tasks. With his own impending doom well known to every sensible observer, Vizzini considered failure “inconceivable!” Sounds like someone we all know and loathe.

Much like the incompetent, but overconfident, villain in “The Princess Bride,” the Democrats have been caught lying more often than Bill Clinton at a plus-size models’ convention. Yet they continued on their mission to take control of Americans’ personal healthcare decisions. While some of their subterfuges have bordered on comedic — witness Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attempt to deny remarks he just finished making — most have been more blatant. Even as the sands ran out of the hourglass on March 31 hourglass with hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people lost in Obamacare’s glitch-riddled digital minefields, the Democrats proclaimed 7 million new “enrollees.”

Put aside the fact that, according to the Democrats, the 7 million “enrollees” include pretty much everyone who’s typed “” and then successfully hit “enter.” The new milestone accidentally made a liar out of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Granted, Pelosi was already a liar; but in claiming 7 million enrollees, the Obamacare pushers were cutting 2 million off the number Pelosi herself pushed just the day before.

Tuesday afternoon, Obama stood in the Rose Garden and declared: “The debate over repealing (Obamacare) is over.” Perhaps Obama forgot about the millions of cancellations he falsely promised wouldn’t happen. Maybe he remains unaware that the overwhelming majority of uninsured Americans remain so, despite his many assurances to the contrary. Perhaps he missed the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans have never, and likely will never, support his ham-fisted bureaucratic morass. To quote Vizzini: “Inconceivable!” To paraphrase Inigo Montoya: Hello. You killed my healthcare. Prepare to lose.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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