Wednesday evening, America heard from The Big Bad Wolf.
Make no bones about it, President Obama is attempting to cloak himself under Grandmother's dress, ready to jump out and eat America for dinner, or at least turn her into the Marxist paradise he so desires.
Specifically, beginning at 7:26 into this video clip, pay close attention to his words.
First he says: "To My Progressive friends, I would remind you that for decades, the driving idea behind reform has been to end insurance company abuses and make coverage available to those without it."
Sounds innocent enough.
"The better to hear you with, my dear."
Remember, though, that one of the best skills this man has is his ability to deliver a prepared speech to a crowd. Listen next to how quickly he turns a benign statement like that into a truthful tale of Progressive idealism:
"The public option is only a means to that end, and we should remain open to other ideas that accomplish our ultimate goal."
This is the telltale line, his Progressive signature. When Progressives hear a sentence like that, they know there is no plan for capitulation in this man's heart. This sentence means full speed ahead.
"The better to see you with, my dear."
Then, as swiftly as the wolf jumped up out of the bed, he says:
"And to my Republican friends, I say that rather than making wild claims about a government takeover of health care, we should work together to address any legitimate concerns you may have."
This is an effort to completely disarm the Conservatives who do not understand his real intentions. "Trust me, I am exactly who I make myself appear to be" is the message this sentence puts forward to an unsuspecting Blue Dog or moderate Conservative who might be on the fence about his or her vote.
"The better to eat you with, my dear!"
We must make sure that we are the Woodsman, and save Little Red Riding Hood - and America - from the Big Bad Wolf.