How We Got Here: A Chart
Courtesy of Smitty over at The Other McCain, we have this sobering chart from Americans for Prosperity chronicling 14 months of Constitutional Demolition.
A depressing read? Yeah, it sure is, and the trend towards an autocratic executive is very apparent through this chart. Congress opposes my will? Fine, who needs them?
But I hope this isn’t the only feeling you get from this. If anything, it should only increase the resolve of those of us who oppose Obama’s radical Leftist agenda. Even though I cannot fully understand why, the Democrats are bound and determined to foist this healthcare bill that everyone, including many within their own ranks, seems to oppose. However, I think that, if they want to make this fight about healthcare, it’s a fight we on the Right are willing to have. The more they want to pass it, the more we should fight it.
Furthermore, because of their arrogant desire to ram this Obamacare bill through by any means necessary, including the Unconstitutional “Slaughter Solution,” I hope they realize the damage they are doing to their own cause. Polls have shown the massive opposition to this bill, and the GOP is gaining ground on the issue of healthcare, a typically Democratic stronghold. I hope the Democratic leadership understands that, the more they try to ram the bill through, the more they are destroying their own case for the public option, or any other aspect of socialized medicine, and it very well could remain this way for another 10 or 15 years before it’s even remotely palatable again (remember Hillarycare?). I’m perfectly fine with all of this, but I hope they understand it.
And for the record, I still think the bill is beatable, and I am not convinced it will pass, so long as we are willing to keep up the fight. it’s good to know people like John Boehner are also in a fighting mood:
Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio), the House minority leader, tells National Review Online that as of late Thursday afternoon, Democratic leadership “still doesn’t have the votes” to pass their health-care bill, and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is “prepared to sacrifice her members, and her speakership, so that she can plant the flag of universal health care in the ground.” Boehner says this weekend will be a waiting game — “If the speaker doesn’t have 216 votes locked down, she will not go to the floor. If she’s short, she knows that there is no way she can pick up two or three votes on the floor.” On that same point, he admits that “if this comes to the floor, it’s already over…though I still don’t know how she can get there [to 216].…I’d never put myself in this box.”
“The right is mad, the middle is mad, and the left is mad,” Boehner says. “They’ve made a calculation: They know they won’t get the right or middle, so they saying to their members that they need their left, because if they lose the left, their base will sit home. The president is staying in town because he knows the left will kill him if he’s not here to help.”
Boehner adds that Pelosi has “made a big mistake by talking about this gimmicky way to pass this without having a real vote.” President Obama, he says, “has put all of his marbles, literally all of his marbles, on jamming through something the people don’t want” and has “arrogantly misjudged this entire issue from the start.” Here’s why, Boehner says: “The Left sees this as their best opportunity in 50 years to put their stamp on the direction of this country.”
And, of course, we can’t forget about the prickly issue of abortion, which may very well be the reason the bill fails:
Boehner believes that abortion will be the key complication for on-the-fence Democrats in the final hours. “I’ve always thought that this would be the issue,” he says. “This is public funding for abortion. They know it can’t be fixed. There just aren’t the votes in the Senate.” He says he respects pro-life congressman Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) for holding firm, but cautions that he “never thought that Stupak could hold ten to twelve votes.”
Boehner says there will be major political consequences for pro-life Democrats who break from the Stupak bloc. “Take [Rep.] Steve Driehaus, for example,” he says. “He may be a dead man. He can’t go home to the west side of Cincinnati. The Catholics will run him out of town.”
Incidentally, I also share Smitty’s opinion (from the post I linked to at the beginning) that Mr. Boehner would “up your game considerably if you were using the C-word (Constitution, not an adjective directed at Madame Speaker). Preserving the Constitution is a goal only slightly less noble than preserving human life.” But nevertheless, I am quite pleased to see that Boehner and the House GOP are not planning on giving in anytime soon, as I think the House will be our last chance to stop this horrid bill.
Regardless of whether it does pass, though, let’s make sure this bill hurts Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. It will either be a loss of epic proportions or a Pyrrhic victory whose price shall come at the ballot box this November and, one can hope, November of 2012.
And remember Democrats, you may see this as a kamikaze mission, but one of the reasons Japan lost WWII was because all of their best pilots had killed themselves. There weren’t enough able-bodied or competent enough men to to continue the fight.
Acta est fabula.