"It would be nice -- or at least honest," writes Sean Hannity, "if Barack Obama would just come out and admit his socialism."
That sentence appears in the chapter titled "Obama the Socialist" in Hannity's new book, "Conservative Victory -- Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda." In a recent interview about the book, Hannity told me he believes Obama "meets the dictionary definition" of a socialist.
This is the plain truth. Obama is a socialist. Merriam-Webster defines socialism as "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." A socialist is "one who advocates or practices socialism."
Obama, for example, practiced socialism with General Motors.
Last year, he directed the government to take 60 percent ownership of GM. Congress had not enacted legislation authorizing him to do this. He simply took money out of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which had been appropriated to buy assets from financial institutions (not manufacturers), and bought the federal government an auto company.
Obama's greatest socialist act so far, however, is the national health care system he signed into law last month.
"As a leftist to his core, Barack Obama has been salivating over socialized medicine for years," writes Hannity. "It's the perfect policy vehicle for socialists who want to ensure that government's tentacles will spread into all aspects of our society. They have been trying for decades to impose it on this liberty-loving nation. It is the socialists' dream, a solution that has all the attributes of Trojan-horse liberalism: It appears perfectly compassionate on the drawing board, while operating as a freedom vacuum once put into practice."
This, again, is the plain truth. Under Obamacare, the government will start out subsidizing the health insurance of Americans making up to 400 percent of the poverty level. In return for this redistribution of wealth, those who go on the health care dole will give up a significant measure of freedom.
Obamacare gives government the power to control which health insurance plans they can buy and what benefits those plans will -- or will not -- provide. In its role as primary paymaster and regulator of the health care system, the government will have decisive leverage over some of the most morally consequential decisions individuals ever make.