We May Have Lost the Battle, But the War Is Just Beginning

by Sal on March 22, 2010

in Economy,Election 2010,Election 2012,Health Care,Politics

We lost the battle.  Bart Stupak (D-MI) caved and surrendered his principles for a promise and couple of lousy airports, and  ObamaCare has been passed by both houses, and will be signed into law by President Obama this week, thus making it the law of the land.  The so-called “reconciliation fix” which undoes some of the provisions that Democrats in the House don’t like still has to go through the Senate under reconciliation, but there is no incentive for the Senate to really get anything done, and even if they try, the Republicans will make trouble, turning the reconciliation “fix” into swiss cheese.

So now what?  The Democrats passed a widely unpopular piece of legislation that will have disastrous consequences on our economy and way of life.  Already, stocks are poised to open significantly lower today (we will have an update on that later).  People are seething angry, and that anger will manifest itself in the ballot box come November, in a wave that I’m starting to think will make 1994 look like a rather uneventful election.

Some analysts, such as Charles Krauthammer, believe that ObamaCare will never be repealed.  They point to other entitlements that have been created over the years as evidence, such as Medicare and Social Security, both of which are financially unstable yet still exist.  I disagree.  The passage of ObamaCare is very different than the passage of these other entitlements for several reasons:

  1. Party-Line Vote: Not a single Republican supported ObamaCare in either the Senate or the House (Joseph Cao (R-LA), who was the lone Republican to vote for the House bill in November, was a “no” vote this time around).  In 1935, 16 Republicans in the Senate and 81 in the House voted for passage of Social Security.  In 1965, 13 Republicans in the Senate and 70 in the House supported passage of Medicare.  In both these cases, wide popular support for the legislation and bi-partisanship led to a consensus opinion.  In this case, the only bi-partisanship was the Republicans plus 34 Democrats in the House who voted against the bill.
  2. Front-loaded Taxes: The bill front-loads the taxes and back-loads the benefits.  Americans are likely to see real tax increases and health care cost increases in the next 2-3 years before the benefits kick in in 2014.  This will likely make the bill more unpopular than it already is, and make its repeal far easier.
  3. The economy: The economy today is a huge problem for the continued existence of ObamaCare.  It is the #1 issue on people’s minds, and if it doesn’t improve (and it is likely to get worse as a result of the bill), people will blame Obama’s obsession with Health Care as part of the reason.
  4. The Tea Party Movement: Nothing like the Tea Party movement has existed in American History, at least since liberalism reared its ugly head in the last century.  The growing chorus of dissent from a grass-roots organizing force that uses the Internet to coordinate has the potential to demand more from our legislative leaders.  The Tea Party Movement will only grow in strength and become a major force for a return to Constitutional values.

So what’s next?  Well, the campaign for the 2010 elections just took off in a new direction.  People are not done fighting this battle, at least 12 Attorney Generals from various states are preparing to file suit against the federal government, challenging the Constitutionality of ObamaCare.  Some are even advocating beginning the call for a Constitutional Convention.  Whatever the next move, whatever the remedy, the American People are angry, and will not take this new law lying down.  Conservatives may have lost this battle, but the war against liberalism is just beginning, and I have no doubt that at the end of the day, we’ll come out victorious.

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Colonel D.X. "SIXX" Prince USMC March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Winston Churchill

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Barry Goldwater


MacGruber March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Nope. You lost the war too. Losers.


Paul Williamson March 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

The American people just lost the war. If health care is so urgent why must we wait four years for it? Think of all the poor people who will be without their government benefactor during that time.


Ralph Roshto April 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The ascension of the Tea Party is only a fractional indication of the unrest that the majority of the American public is feeling. The outright socialist agenda of this regime is awakening the sleeping giant of the Conservative Majority, and if socialists are successful in rendering our Constitution completely irrelevant, then a physical overthrow of our government is not only possible, but it will be a necessity. Our entire history is based upon it. The document itself REQUIRES it. So do not worry about the left baiting the Patriots about supposed, or even real, threats of violence…the violence WILL come, as promised in the Constitution. I, for one, am prepared, and I am looking forward in participating in this historical re-revolution to refound our country.
Ralph Roshto
Lacombe, La
Let Freedom Reign


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