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In Defense of “No”

I was alerted to this thanks to Michelle Malkin. As you probably know, the Democrats have been trying to paint us as obstructionists for our attempts to slow down the progress of their healthcare bill. They have been trying to paint us as the “Party of No” for this and other things.

As if that’s a bad thing.

Sen. Coburn of Oklahoma, a favorite Senator of mine, appears to concur with me. As Malkin points out, he says:

“We’re accused of being the party of no,” he said. But “no is a wonderful word. When your child is misbehaving, you say no. When someone’s stealing liberty, you say no…Saying no at the right time saves lives. Saying no at the right time saves money…Saying no at the right time saves liberty.”

And he couldn’t be more right. There is nothing wrong with saying no, provided you use it properly. Saying yes, for that matter is what has gotten us into the situation we have found our country in, by constantly saying yes to more spending, yes to more government intervention, and yes even “Yes, we can!”. I happen to consider the battle for our freedom, our money, and even our lives that the healthcare debate is a very worthy time to use the word where the Democrats plans have been concerned. This bill is nothing but an Unconstitutional atrocity that will further ruin the economy; stifle innovation, particularly in health-related fields; and will only cover a fraction of the uninsured it has as its goal of covering. By saying “No!”, the Republicans are showing that they are on the side of liberty, which is the right side to be on. Keep it up, Republicans on the Hill and my fellow conservatives everywhere else.

Acta est fabula.

  1. December 19, 2009 at 2:19 am

    I think the GOP has been too worried about being seen as “the Party of No.” As long as the Democrats are pushing an agenda that the majority of the people are against, that should work for them.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be able to speak in positive terms about the issues, but they definitely don’t need to be afraid to say no.

  2. December 19, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Rush actually used Coburn’s line “When someone’s stealing liberty, you say no” on his show. Damn right we’re the party of no, when liberty is threatened!

  3. December 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Say “No”, and explain why. They can’t keep letting Democrats fill in the blanks.

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