The Principle of Repeal

posted at 11:14 am on April 3, 2010 by Doctor Zero

The early battle cry of “Repeal and Replace!” has become stuck in a few Republican throats. The thinking among “top Republicans” is that outright repeal of ObamaCare might be impossible, leading to frustration among an energized base that demands nothing less. There is also some apprehension that an uncompromising push for repeal will alienate moderate and independent voters in otherwise winnable states.

Declaring repeal to be “impossible” is a self-fulfilling prophecy of American decline. A slapdash pile of graft and fraudulent cost projections, passed by a fantastically corrupt Congress that claims it couldn’t hear the muffled screams of the outraged electorate through the thick doors of their smoke-filled rooms, instantly becomes an eternal component of our lives? That will only be true if we make it true… and even then, it won’t be true for long.

One way or another, ObamaCare won’t last far beyond the point where your kids go bankrupt trying to pay for it. The American entitlement state is the world’s tallest, shakiest house of cards. We can find the strength and self-respect to repeal this garbage now, or weep in shame and confusion when it implodes, after years of increasing poverty and decreasing public health. I encourage wobbly Republican politicians to take a long look at their preschool-age children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces during the Easter holiday. Make peace with ObamaCare now, and you give life to a system that has already declared war on those kids… and will utterly defeat them before they graduate high school.

It’s true that the GOP cannot completely dedicate itself to the repeal of one piece of legislation for the next three years. Instead, they should dedicate themselves to slaying the blasphemous, rotting leviathan that gave birth to ObamaCare, and whose tentacles are visibly squeezing the life out of the American economy. Big Government is a parasite that is more than willing to kill its host. Ordinary people are beginning to see it for what it is. They understand that something is terribly wrong with their government. Now is the time to explain the origins of this leviathan, and put ObamaCare in its proper context… as the final, absurd contortions of a philosophy that acts in complete ignorance, and sometimes outright contempt, for what free people can achieve. Behold the toxic wonder of a bill that forces people to buy a product that it will also cause a shortage of.

In its final years, the Left can only communicate with the thundering stallions of American prosperity using curses and whips. It will answer every problem caused by the taxes and regulations of ObamaCare with more taxes and regulations, until the stallions of progress die beneath the lash, with the last impotent curses of angry and frightened liberals ringing in their ears.

Republicans, you know how this story ends. You’ve seen its miserable ending all over the world, from the ruins of Russia to the sick old men of Europe, dying from the fever of unsustainable entitlements and the chills of terminal demography… and too weak to protest as the shroud of fascism is drawn slowly over them. Repealing ObamaCare, and replacing it with real and meaningful health care reforms grounded in the fertile soil of the free market, should be the beginning of your commitment to guide your country away from this fate. To compromise with those who showed no interest in compromising their lust for power would be surrender. When you discover people trapped inside a burning car, you’re not doing them any favors by feeding change into the parking meter.

As for those moderate and independent voters: the modern Democrat Party has nothing more to offer them. What “moderate” reforms could be applied to a multi-trillion dollar boondoggle, added to an already lethal national debt? No one who allows ObamaCare to survive beyond 2012 can call themselves an “independent.” You won’t be allowed to remain independent of State-controlled medicine. Sixteen thousand new IRS agents will be dropping by your house to explain this in more detail, if you press the issue.

If you’re an independent who takes your vote seriously, you must understand by now that ObamaCare’s failures will be addressed with further assaults on your independence, including massive taxes that will only accelerate the erosion of meaningful freedom. Moderate voters pride themselves on considering ideas from all sides of the political spectrum, and choosing wisely between them. When ObamaCare was signed, the political spectrum shifted violently into the infrared. If we still have it wrapped around our throats in 2013, there won’t be any more ideas from the “right” for you to sagely consider. Your choices will be limited to various frequencies of hard-Left statism. Every serious moderate and independent voter is a Republican now… assuming the GOP has the wit and courage to inspire them, rather than pandering to them.

Politicians, of every party, tend to be slippery and undependable. That’s one of the reasons I don’t want them in charge of my life, or any industry I choose to do business with. A discerning voter looks for more than personal character in a politician, especially in high-stakes elections. They consider principles above all. It’s not true that politicians are unprincipled – the worst of them are entirely dedicated to the principle of increasing their own wealth and power.

The Democrats made a fatal mistake in writing their principles of greed and control in red ink, across ObamaCare’s thousands of shadowy pages. With the fiscally conservative Democrat exposed as a mirage, and the socially conservative Democrat a lie, the ears of our rapidly-growing independent population turn to the GOP. They’re listening for the principles of faith in the common man, and humility before the creative power of freedom.

Speak, Republicans… and do not mumble.

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Ask any tea party attendee. This is what they want. Republicans, listen up! You must deliver.

BetseyRoss on April 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

+1000

CWforFreedom on April 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

The GOP remains a party of wimps, who are unwilling to fight. We will throw them out of office just as quickly as a progressive socialist.

Ricohoc on April 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Republicans, you know how this story ends. You’ve seen its miserable ending all over the world, from the ruins of Russia to the sick old men of Europe, dying from the fever of unsustainable entitlements and the chills of terminal demography… and too weak to protest as the shroud of fascism is drawn slowly over them.
Repealing ObamaCare, and replacing it with real and meaningful health care reforms grounded in the fertile soil of the free market, should be the beginning of your commitment to guide your country away from this fate.

Well said – when the economy begins crumbling as the first shocks of National Socialist Healthcare begin hitting it’s already shaky foundation, Republicans had better have a plan to save us from the plunge over the cliff.

It’s hard to believe that an objective observer would see what the national progressive moonbats are doing as nothing other than an attempt to crash the economy.

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

We all know this is a multi year project-LEAD ON!

Thanks for the visit Doc.

tim c on April 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

This is what they want. Republicans, listen up! You must deliver. – BetseyRoss

That’s right, deliver or be labeled a RINO … an endangered species!

Tony737 on April 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

To distill this well written blog….Socialism will eventually fail. Need a fallback plan.

Electrongod on April 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Grab them by the shirt collar, Doc!

Damn you Republicans, get your butts up on the line. Starve that bill of funds, starve it of resources, of personnel, of committees, and challenge it on every assailable front. Throw your personnel at it. For we will either swing together, or we will swing separately, either way, someone’s going to swing (rhetorically of course).

Repeal it.

ted c on April 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

here’s a talking point for repeal if you are speaking to a moderate: the bill creates 111 new federal agencies. no one with an IQ above 3 wants that.

and how about the unfunded Medicaid mandates to states? that might bankrupt some otherwise financially solvent states. so that is another talking point to a moderate.

i understand that the “repeal” battle cry might turn off some who have read the entire bill, studied the process going forward, etc. But we have to try.

and for the other stuff we have to do: do not forget cap ‘n trade. it is sitting in the Senate waiting for Lindsey Graham to push thru.

kelley in virginia on April 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM


I encourage wobbly Republican politicians to …

… to GROW A PAIR!

Tony737 on April 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Doctor Zero, the Democrats have overwhelmed the system, thank-you for bringing laser focussed attention to the perils of this bill.

fourdeucer on April 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

ted c: how is the Congressional Republican primary shaping up in your end of the district? pretty strong Hurt down here.

kelley in virginia on April 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Does anybody else besides me think that the reason the GOP is wavering is because they are worried that they CAN’T repeal it (you know, needing 67 votes in the Senate), and their failure might mean the loss of their jobs?

fossten on April 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

You know, Doctor Zero, if you don’t wish to run for office, you should offer your speechwriting services to conservative candidates. Because your writing leaves no doubt as to our future should we NOT repeal ObamaCare as a start, and castrate the Federal government.

disa on April 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Republicans gotta start pretending theres a little old lady in the waaay back of the room that cant hear them

speak up dudez

blatantblue on April 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Good call to arms.

Personal story: I took a tour of Italy a while ago, and the guide talked about their economy. Sure, everything was “free” (like medical care), he said, but their taxes ran about 60% of income. Corruption and bribery were rampant to get the “free” services, which actually stunk. This guide was flirting with everyone he could in order to marry an American and leave Italy behind. He was desperate to get out. That’s what’s coming to us.

PattyJ on April 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

FWIW—John Boehner (GOP Leader) tweeted the CBS poll last night that says 53% oppose/32 support Obamacare. I asked if the GOP would fight to repeal it. “Absolutely.” Well, they need to do a better job communicating that to the public, because they aren’t convincing me with the recent comments from “top Republicans.” I’m skeptical of their mettle and willingness to fight this monstrosity. It’s disheartening.

conservative pilgrim on April 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM

OT

happy birthday ed!

blatantblue on April 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM


When you discover people trapped inside a burning car, you’re not doing them any favors by feeding change into the parking meter.

Good anology.

Tony737 on April 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

“A law not repealed continues in force, not because it cannot be repealed, but because it is not repealed; and the non-repealing passes for consent. “
–Thomas Pain “Rights of Man”

Skandia Recluse on April 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Why don’t we take the MS-13 members back to the store and admit the 3,000,000 or so foreign MDs who want to come here?

And libs, I am not talking about the Mississippi Highway.

IlikedAUH2O on April 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Why not invoke, “I may not get there with you but we will get to the mountain top.”

Don’t say ummm…we can’t do it. Keep hope alive numnuts.

tomas on April 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Does anybody else besides me think that the reason the GOP is wavering is because they are worried that they CAN’T repeal it (you know, needing 67 votes in the Senate), and their failure might mean the loss of their jobs?

fossten on April 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Possibly. Then so be it. Fight on principle. This bill will kill our economy and the opportunities to have a job in the private sector. If the GOP is being cowardly about it, then they deserve to lose their jobs. They don’t understand the growing public angst over this bill. We need decisive, go to the mats action.

conservative pilgrim on April 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

The weakness of the current GOP alumni isn’t a lack of fortitude, it’s an appetite for a different version of statism. A ‘compassionate’ statism, wrapped and slathered with the rhetoric of free-markets and personal freedoms, which in truth are only little more than lip-service to the actual concepts.

That is the leviathan. The false choice of rapidly expanding government, populated with an unstoppable cadre of bureaucratic mandarins, or a moderately expanding government, populated with a few less, but equally unstoppable bureaucratic mandarins.

Dr. Evil, or Mini-me. The false choice. Which status quo poison do you pick?

Neither. ALL of the statists must go. Even the ones with an ‘R’ by their names.

Wind Rider on April 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

One of my ideas is to take a look at all of the perks of being a senator or congressman, and looking at ways to shame them into relinquishing most of those perks which do not directly support communication with their constituents. I wrote to Scott Brown about this, and have yet to get a response.

Another is to make welfare less attractive to the teat-sucklers. After all, this is supposed to be about the children. So let’s put welfare recipients into housing that is state run, with security guards on every floor. No visitors except in common areas, no drugs or alcohol, daycare so that unwed mothers can work. Communal kitchens to feed the children and adult residents. Mandatory classes for the unemployed which teach them how to find jobs (and keep them). And speaking of jobs, let’s flush away the notion that there is more dignity in being dependent on the government than in securing entry-level employment.

It seems to me that if the liberals are fond of telling people how to run their lives, they should begin with people who obviously have no idea how to run their lives.

disa on April 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

In primaries, the most conservative candidate the people can handle need to win the nominations. Then, the Pub Party has to have a solid workable plan to replace this boondoggle. The way the Party is acting, it’s as if they don’t want to do the hard work to create a platform appealing to most Independents.

This is a time for creativity, to strip the current bill of its worst features so that it’s just a shell. And replace those provisions with new ones that don’t break the Treasury or tax the people any further.

Also, the Pubs need to address other issues, with ideas there that will have popular appeal.

Voters need to vote for thing, not against them. Most aren’t single-issue voters, either. And matters like abortion shouldn’t be brought to the forefront, since that is where Dems would like to change the focus to split votes and the Pub Party. Abortion is a non-issue since SCOTUS made its ruling. Gay rights, too, are a Democrat distraction to change the focus to things in their favor. The Pubs need to be savvy and not play Poker using a marked deck brought to the game by Democrats.

We won’t get everything on our wish list right away but somebody has to start somewhere.

Liam on April 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

You Nazis just need some more expensive bondage club action!

/RNC

Lehosh on April 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Memo to the Republicans:

We the people don’t elect you so that you get to have all the perks of wielding governmental power and just so that the R’s in the congress than D’s.

We don’t elect you so that you can grow government YOUR way instead of the Democrat’s way.

We don’t elect you so that you can go on the Sunday talks shows and pontificate at length and so you get to feel all important to the country and such.

We the people elect you so that you can REPRESENT our viewpoint in Washington – hence the term for the members of one house – Representative.

Judging from the polls and the tea parties, Our viewpoint is Against National Socialized Healthcare.

So stop acting like the French army with spring loaded surrender flags and listen to the people for once – the Democrats didn’t and they are falling in the polls – that should TELL you something.

IF you are not going to stop the worst threat to our freedom and the worst threat to the financial stability of our Nation, why the H&ll are we going to bother electing you people in the first place?

Think about it, thanks for listening.
You can now go back to begging us for contributions.

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Republicans, you know how this story ends.

Yes we do. It’s very disappointing that so many Republicans are willing to stand by and watch the story unfold.

SlaveDog on April 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Don’t attack it on the whole name of the monster. Pick things out of it and attack each one separately. Nobody wants 10,000 more IRS agents, or cuts to medicare or higher taxes to pay for this stuff. Keep informing people of the things that are in the bill that will affect their lives and their kids lives.

Kissmygrits on April 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

The Democrats made a fatal mistake in writing their principles of greed and control in red ink, across ObamaCare’s thousands of shadowy pages. With the fiscally conservative Democrat exposed as a mirage, and the socially conservative Democrat a lie, the ears of our rapidly-growing independent population turn to the GOP. They’re listening for the principles of faith in the common man, and humility before the creative power of freedom.

Excellent

ladyingray on April 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM

This was already posted here but thought it should get another shot.
Paul Ryan appears to have found his shouting voice. Please read this speech and support this man.
HE. GETS. IT.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/04/02/should_america_bid_farewell_to_exceptional_freedom.html

katy on April 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Well, with the likes of unmotivated R’s such as McConnell, Boehner, Pence, Steele et al…It’s same old same old.

Mr. Arrogant on April 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

It’s true that repeal is not possible in the immediate future.

But if the GOP takes the House back, they can stop funding the various portions of ObamaCare until there’s a budget show down on funding the government.

Then they have to refuse to blink.

SlaveDog on April 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Paul Ryan appears to have found his shouting voice. Please read this speech and support this man.
HE. GETS. IT.

katy on April 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM

That Paul Ryan speech was awesome. Boehner should step aside and let Ryan take over.

SlaveDog on April 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

If the Pubs take the House, they can lock up the entire Obow agenda. They can call any of his budget proposals ‘dead on arrival’ and write their own. Keep the health control matter either unmentioned (unfunded) or cover it in a separate bill, where any funding is limited to preclude covering anything we the People don’t like. And neutralize the tax provisions, too.

Since the student loan takeover is there, the Pubs can block that as well.

It all comes down to tactics and the collective will to use them.

Liam on April 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Repeal and Reform – get rid of that monstrosity than is becoming more and more unpopular each day and put in place real reforms.

De fund it if you have to, but stop it what ever way you can.

It’s entirely possible that this will make what is looking like a double dip recession into the mother of all depressions – whether this is the intention of the National Progressive moonbats is up to debate, but clearly this will have a detrimental effect on an already weak economy.

The Nation can’t afford National Socialized Healthcare, people need to understand that before it’s too late.

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Lehosh on April 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I am proud of the RNC. At least they can handle tough women.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1209313/Ted-Kennedy-The-Senator-Sleaze-drunk-sexual-bully–left-young-woman-die.html

This place needs better trolls.

IlikedAUH2O on April 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

This place needs better trolls.

IlikedAUH2O on April 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

That’s like saying prisons need to have a ‘better’ class of convicts. LOL

Liam on April 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Zero the Hero strikes again.

Dark-Star on April 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Since the Republicans held firm against the vote on Obama’s health rip off, we are now expected not to question their next moves. The Republicans, just like the Democrats, must be watched like a hawk.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Repeal is impossible? So is flying to the moon.

If he communists had ever considered turing the US into a communist nation to be i mpossible, we wouldn’t be where we are today, now would we?

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened… I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform,” -Norman Thomas, perennial Presidential candidate of the U.S. Socialist Party (1944).

Akzed on April 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

In 2012 with a republican majority in both houses and in the executive office, the bill gets repealed. BUT, they better have another better & improved version of HC reform bill ready to be passed, or they will be toast.

jbh45 on April 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Definitely work on repeal. Obviously, Obama will veto it and there won’t be 67 votes to override the veto. So, even though it won’t be repealed before the elections he can still choke on it while campaigning 2012. If enough people really want it repealed then they repeal it again after 2012 and either there is a repub president hence no veto, or if God forbid BO stays in, then maybe we can get to the 67 votes if enough seats switch to repub.

mrsmwp on April 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Since the Republicans held firm against the vote on Obama’s health rip off, we are now expected not to question their next moves. The Republicans, just like the Democrats, must be watched like a hawk.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.” — Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

redridinghood on April 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Best ever, good doctor, I like the determined vibe you’re emoting.

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”
-Some old white guy named Patton

Bishop on April 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The question is … will the communists allow it to be repealed? I have no doubt they will fire up and enrage their minions and useful idiots, encouraging them to riot, burn, attack and destroy. In other words, what they usually do when they don’t get their way.

darwin on April 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Defund.

Repeal.

Rollback.

There is no good that government can do save for getting out of our lives, letting us have our own money, letting us decide how the poor will be helped, and to stop subsidizing bad behavior. Get this government out of my pocketbook, out of my bedroom and out of my finances.

Ronald Reagan ran on that and then Republicans ran away from it.

If you feel so much for the poor and sick, then form a freaking foundation to minister to them and get your fellow citizens to help you in this venture so that YOU can provide for the poor and sick with the HELP of your fellow citizens given FREELY. That is why we HAVE charity and are the kindliest people on the planet in our free giving bar NONE. We can do better with just a little more that we can take home than government can ever do extracting a third or more of our income put to the wages of bureaucracy and mandates. We the people can do that far, far, far better than our government if only government would stop trying to ‘help’ and take our money so that we can’t help as much or as deeply. Or at all.

Rollback this evil government.

ajacksonian on April 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Repeal is impossible? So is flying to the moon.
If the communists had ever considered turning the US into a communist nation to be impossible, we wouldn’t be where we are today, now would we?

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened…
I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform,”

-Norman Thomas, perennial Presidential candidate of the U.S. Socialist Party (1944).
Akzed on April 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Yes.

Repeal Impossible? The opposite is unthinkable,
do we really want to run down the road and off a cliff like every other National entity that has embraced Socialism?

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

As for the HC monstrosity, can it not be killed by death of a thousand cuts?

Refuse to fund it, fight from the state level, gut the monster at every turn in every piece of legislation, fire and retire every dimwit pol who even thinks of supporting it.

*Legal Disclaimer for all you libs and/or touchy admins: By “fire” I meant to evict from their current employment, not actually light them up with flames. No violent intent was intended or condoned by using the word fire*

Bishop on April 3, 2010 at 12:35 PM

This needs to be the message.
This needs to be the plan.

2ipa on April 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

The question is … will the communists allow it to be repealed?

If they don’t “allow” it then we will have to have a talk with them.

The day I ask permission from the left to do anything is the day I get fitted for a skirt and change my name to Joyce.

Bishop on April 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Repeal Impossible? The opposite is unthinkable,
do we really want to run down the road and off a cliff like every other National entity that has embraced Socialism?

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

This is certainly what Obama and the other true believers want. They want the US economically destroyed so it can never again be the strongest economic and military power in the world.

Aviator on April 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Repeal is impossible? So is flying to the moon.

Akzed on April 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

When you hear that you have to wonder what the Senator’s or rep’s motive is.

CWforFreedom on April 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Repeal Impossible? The opposite is unthinkable,
do we really want to run down the road and off a cliff like every other National entity that has embraced Socialism?
Chip on April 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

This is certainly what Obama and the other true believers want. They want the US economically destroyed so it can never again be the strongest economic and military power in the world.
Aviator on April 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

By all appearances, that looks like their intention, what I don’t understand is how they think that will make the world a better place.

Was the world a better place when the Roman Empire fell?

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

By all appearances, that looks like their intention, what I don’t understand is how they think that will make the world a better place.

Was the world a better place when the Roman Empire fell?

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. What came after the Roman empire was the dark ages.

Noelie on April 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Agreed,if you have something to say then by gosh get it said and stop this tucking tail crap.This is sickening,I want this repealed and my country back!

ohiobabe on April 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM

When you hear that you have to wonder what the Senator’s or rep’s motive is.

CWforFreedom on April 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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Somebody is paying them to shut up.There are very few I trust up there right now.

ohiobabe on April 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Does anybody else besides me think that the reason the GOP is wavering is because they are worried that they CAN’T repeal it (you know, needing 67 votes in the Senate), and their failure might mean the loss of their jobs?

fossten on April 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Yes, repeal will be difficult, but we can get the necessary 67 votes to do so if we are willing to acknowledge that Obama DID succeed in elevating the debate over health insurance reform to the national dialogue; that it can no longer be ‘kicked down the road.’ That right there should be good to peel off enough Dems to not only repeal this thing, but to make that repeal stick.

ss396 on April 3, 2010 at 1:12 PM

By all appearances, that looks like their intention, what I don’t understand is how they think that will make the world a better place.
Was the world a better place when the Roman Empire fell?
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. What came after the Roman empire was the dark ages.
Noelie on April 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Yes, given modern weaponry, the fall of the Roman empire will looks like a “Tea party” by comparison.

Chip on April 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Doc Zero for RNC Chair!

Fat Jolly Penguin on April 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Repeal the 111th Congress.

Every Bailout.

Every bribe.

Every proclamation.

Every piece of legislation passed by the this den of thieves and traitors.

And on the gravestone of the 111th Congress write, “Here lies the ashes the Federal Empire.”

J in STL on April 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Hazzah! Well said. :) :) :)

DeMint/Ryan in 2012.

Theophile on April 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

If we go off a cliff, I am indifferent as to who is at the wheel. If the Rs are not going to repeal (or at least not fund), we will go off the cliff. The Rs had better understand they are not assured our votes, well at least my vote. I don’t care which party is in power, I care only what they do when they are in power. Lately, when in power, both parties just grow and grow the government while ignoring the Constitution. If the Rs don’t get it and a third party does, the third party will get my vote. It is not a wasted vote, so save your breath,

Sheerq on April 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Another word of advice to the GOP:

Don’t call it the “Culture of Corruption”. That implies a few crooked pols, caught with fingers in the cookie jar.

Call it “Insider-ism” or something like that.

The people sense that all levels of government have become self-serving, not “public servants”. A government FOR the well-connected, paid for BY the non-connected. They take more and more of our money and spread it around to their parties, their union comrades, their bureaucrat foot soldiers, corrupt “community organizations”, conscripted corporate interests, and who knows what else. We watch as insiders hide little gems in legislation that enriches them, and then they lie to us when it turns into a fiscal time bomb. The insiders know all the ropes, all the legislative tricks. The media is supposed to inform and protect us from such legalized theft…but they’ve been corrupted by their inclusion in the heady salons of power.

They’ve corrupted traditional values to the point that they actually admire a good liar. They heap praise on the pol who can spin harmful policies into “hope and change”. More recently, they openly scorn Middle America. We’re not sophisticated like them. So we must be racist, homophobic, gun- and religion-clinging, bigots.

So, Republicans. It’s not about sex scandals. Or someone not paying his taxes. It’s about our new Privileged Class. A self-enriching cartel, living the good life at our expense, telling us they know what’s best for us. THAT is what the people resent.

I don’t know if “Insider-ism” is the best term. But Republicans will disappoint if they merely talk about “corruption”.

jeanneb on April 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The most important things we can do with real meaning:

Inhibit funding for ObamaCare and much of the rest of the leftist legislation of the last 80 years. frode on April 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM is correct; it has been going on for at least that long.

Shortly after the court packing try, FDR was able to get a very liberal Supreme Court. Since then we have had either an anti-constitutionalist court or one which is rather neutral on the constitution. We need a court that will over rule much of the nibbling and biting that courts have done to the constitution ever since. We need to elect enough really conservative senators to not confirm any more anti-constitutionalists to the Supreme Court. Then we need a President who will nominate a couple more constitutionalists. The Court should be the last bastion of the rule of law. It has completely failed at that function. It has, in fact, led the charge of the anti-constitutionalism , at times.

Much of the corruption of Congress occurs because many of the jobs are effectively permanent, committee membership is effectively permanent and committee chairmanship is effectively permanent. We need term limits for all of these functions. I suggest twelve years for membership in either house, six years for membership on a committee and two years for chairmanship or ranking member of a committee. To my mind, this is something worth a Constitutional Ammendment.

We need a President who will lead with a veto pen. My understanding is that Hoover didn’t agree with Smoot-Hawley, but he didn’t veto it. That single act would have cause the depression to end much earlier and might have forestalled WW II. Bush was a famous spender and generally not a conservative, but he never vetoed anything until his second term. I think there were may things he didn’t approve of.

burt on April 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), my new Senator, needs to read this, then think a little and read it again.

Brian1972 on April 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

DR. Zero,
trust me I am a doctor, but you are the real Doctor of Letters and Thought. Time to get the green off your posts.
It seems we have one last chance to save this Republic in Nov. The Republicans need to get the message, I think (hope) some of the Dems are seeing the last remaining light left to guide them into the boat at the river Styx. I hope the Republicans do also.

I am not a racist on April 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Defeating the British military machine with a bunch raggady-ass farmers is impossible too.

Mr. Grump on April 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Outright repeal is impossible as long as Obama is president (he still can veto) and without a super majority in both the house and senate (needed to override) it can’t be done. Get a majority in the house this year and you can refuse to fund it. Defeat Obama in 2012 and get control of the senate and you can work on the repeal. It is going to take more time to fix these problems than it took to create them.

duff65 on April 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

whose tentacles are visibly squeezing the life out of the American economy

You just don’t know how much of that economic life is getting squeezed out of the economy – see my posts at RedState here and here.

ElRonaldo on April 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Your best yet, Doc. This piece will be sent out to everyone I know, in congress and out, and if it doesn’t light their fires, nothing will. Well said, once again.

TXUS on April 3, 2010 at 5:09 PM

When will people realize that the GOP in D.C. is a group of corrupt wussies that don’t care anymore about us than the Dems do. They all need to be thrown out and replace with conservative who care about this country and the future of our grandchildren! They don’t give a crap and we are too stupid to realize that. THROW THE BUMS OUT!!!!

flytier on April 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

ObamaCare is the incestuous love-child of the Democratic Party. They own it.

Only its opposition was a bipartisan effort. It is a retarded mutation of legislative overreach, corruption and disregard of the constitution.

enoughalready on April 3, 2010 at 7:33 PM

This is so good I can’t even say. Thanks for writing it.

James OK on April 3, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Politicians lie about everything else.

Why can’t they at least tell a white lie (if that’s what they think it is) and say that Obamacare WILL be repealed!?

How would this hurt anything?

A positive attitude is half the battle, R-morons.

profitsbeard on April 4, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The Ross Perot argument is a chimera.

The Republican Party as now constituted had a good bit to do with ruining the economy and expanding federal power. The Party is essentially statist. It is part of the problem, as the “we can’t repeal” meme so eloquently demonstrates.

The Republican inner circle has a nice, comfy private club with limos and bondage joints and everything an aspiring politician could want. To keep their club intact they need to (1) please the Washington establishment by diverting political dissent into channels that won’t alter the status quo – and health care is now part of the status quo – and (2) avoid infuriating the little people who send them money and vote for their candidates.

The Republican Party has shown repeatedly since the end of the Reagan era that the Party’s interests are those of the political establishment, both Democrat and Republican, and that they will only give sufficient lip service to conservative principals to keep the checks and votes coming from their serfs in flyover country.

Voting for Ross Perot accomplished nothing. But starving the Republican Party of cash and, if necessary, boycotting their candidates, would not be a waste of an election cycle. If we destroy it another conservative party will rise in its place, and the leaders of that new party will have learned what happens when they fail to effectively represent their base.

That, at least, would give us something to start over with.

Venusian Visitor on April 5, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Rush is talking about this post right now. Thrashing the idea of alienating moderates and indies on the subject of repeal

“I firmly agree with this. Just repeal it”=Rush

Buckeye Babe on April 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Buckeye Babe, you beat me to it!

Rush was very approving of “someone who calls himself Doctor Zero.”

Yephora on April 5, 2010 at 1:16 PM

“This guy who calls himself Doctor Zero is exactly right.” – Rush

Yephora on April 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Just heard the shoutout from Rush to you Doc! Excellent!!! Congratulations on yet another job well done.

margategop517 on April 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Congradulations Dr. Xero!

Nyog_of_the_Bog on April 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I have said for a while that I want to be able to answer my grandkids when they ask me: “Grandpa, what did you do to fight it?”

The Monster on April 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Well, with the likes of unmotivated R’s such as McConnell, Boehner, Pence, Steele et al…It’s same old same old.

Mr. Arrogant on April 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I disagree with you on Boehner and Pence – they are extremely motivated, McConnell and Steele, yeah, not so much. The House (if they get the majority back) will do thier part, we need to kick some tails in the Senate.

Govgirl on April 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM

When you discover people trapped inside a burning car, you’re not doing them any favors by feeding change into the parking meter.

Doc you really understand the dems idea of helping people.Oh ya some guy down the street from you thinks you are pretty good,he goes by the name EL RUSHBO!

tim c on April 5, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Discovered today by Rush. Congrats, Doc!

petefrt on April 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM

petefrt on April 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM

ditto!

another excellent piece Dr Z

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Independent, what is that exactly? My observation has been that they are no more grounded in principle as the politician they ultimately force on the whole. They blow with the strongest wind. How else to explain the disaster of Obama, and majority control of house and senate. Independents got us into this mess. Where were these open minded independents when Jerimiah Wright was sermonizing “GD America.” If they could justify their vote for a man who sat in that church 20 years, they can’t be counted on to ever make sound judgments.

SoldiersMom on April 5, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Rush Limbaugh, the ultimate trackback.

MNHawk on April 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Rush linked to article in the Green Room, not here.

Yephora on April 6, 2010 at 11:05 AM