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Never Retreat, Never Surrender

posted at 1:08 pm on December 19, 2009 by

Majority Leader Harry “Pinky” Reid (D-Caesar’s Palace, 70%) finally snared Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE, 75%), getting the 60 votes needed to close debate on ObamaCare and (obviously) pass it. We haven’t lost entirely yet, though it’s now very likely that this dreadful government seizure will become law. Still, there are a few hurdles left for the Left to surmount:

  • Democrats actually have to muster those supposed 60 votes; it’s dimly possible that some extreme leftist in the Democratic caucus will balk at the compromises made to “moderates” like Nelson and Lieberman. But more likely, all Democrats will vote for cloture and the bill; the lefties expect either that the compromises will be washed away in the conference committee — or that there are enough Trojan horses (like the mandate plus the federal definition of what constitutes an “authorized” insurance plan) to get what they want without the more grotesque elements ever appearing in any formal language in the bill.
  • Then there is the conference; it’s quite possible that House Democrats won’t go along with the Reid version of the bill, and that one or more of those “compromises” (the government option, abortion, the delayed implementation) will be restored… and that that will be enough to peel off a moderate or two when it comes time for the final vote — which is still subject to fillibuster.
  • Finally, even if everything goes through, the Democrats hold together, and Barack H. Obama signs the bill… remember that the most odious parts of it don’t go into effect for several years (though the taxes increase immediately). That means we still have a chance to undo them — if the GOP picks up many seats in November.

So don’t give up the ship. Make the Democrats pay for every vote, every amendment, every abrogation of our liberties. Make them pay at the ballot box for spitting in the face of the American people. Make them regret this vote for the rest of their lives (preferably in retirement).

What one Congress does, another Congress can undo. It’s very difficult; I don’t know if such an “entitlement” program has ever been eliminated. But if there’s ever to be a first time, this vile bill is a great candidate for it: Not only is it repugnant to the huge majority of the American people, but its most evil provisions won’t actually start for years (so we have some time); and it was passed in a risible mockery of democracy that even stunned liberals, including threats, tantrums, secret backroom deals, thousands of pages of provisions that not a single senator has fully read, parliamentary chicanery, and of course brazen bribery — as the payoffs to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA, 65%) Louisiana and Ben Nelson’s Nebraska exemplify.

I expect Republicans in 2010 to campaign on precisely that: Overturning ObamaCare before its medical-insurance limitations and rationing go into effect. While they won’t likely win back either chamber of Congress — and couldn’t possibly enact a bill undoing ObamaCare with enough votes to override Obama’s own veto — they can make it harder to fund some of its provisions.

And of course, in 2012, we have the chance to change the president and add a few more Republican seats: That is our best shot at erasing this cancer from the books before it settles in and becomes permanent. A Republican president can do just what “Lucky Lefty” Obama did — armtwist Democratic moderates into siding with Republicans to “amend” ObamaCare into nonexistence. By then I expect the American people to be fed up with the increased taxes and just starting to feel the bite of government control of health care; I doubt they will be any happier about the scheme then than they are right now.

Despair is a mortal sin; it saps one’s will to continue fighting. The lesson of the Iraq counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy (and of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged) is this: You can only be defeated if you accept defeat; you must actively conspire in your own subjugation.

So don’t. Just say “No” to surrender. We lost a battle; we’ll likely lose this campaign. But the war against “socialisme” will continue. The Reds will never surrender, so why should we?

Cross-posted on Big Lizards

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Thanks DAFYDD AB HUGH,
It is easy to just give up, but our Republic has gone through numerous things like this and WE can ud-do if enough American’s of like mind stand together. When the dems and rinos see what is in store for them if this passes, they will come out in such great numbers to vote for people who promise to stop this type of crud in 2010 and get a president in 2012 who will defend our Constitution, not crater it.
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letget on December 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Don’t forget the sheer, raw, unconstitutionality of the whole concept.

Who has standing to bring suit on those grounds? We should hit the ground running on that front as well.

cthulhu on December 19, 2009 at 1:28 PM

In a Representative Democracy, You Don’t Give Up [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

You fight. Just in the last minute, Tom Price’s office said that to me. And Bill Kristol wrote it, reminding that:

Pyrrhus’s victory became Pyrrhic because the victorious party lost many of its supporters—but also because the opposition didn’t abate in courage, was able to gain new recruits, and had the force and resolution to go on.

It’s understandable to be disappointed and dismayed, but really, they’ve had the numbers, this should have happened long ago. But people are not happy about what’s happening, and they should have something to say about what’s transpiring as they try to live their lives.

NRO.

I couldn’t help thinking of the opening of “Patton.” Or, considering the snow oustide, the winter at Valley Forge.

Wethal on December 19, 2009 at 2:47 PM

GOP = Epic FAIL here.

The Republicans could have fixed this when they had the numbers but did nothing. The Go Along Get Along Gang. Now, there is nothing that can be done. Absolutely nothing. We now have Canadian and European-style socialized medicine to bankrupt us and kill us all.

The 2010 vote is like a basketball team making a late run to lose by 8 instead of 24. It’s still a loss. Even a GOP controlled Congress still has the Little Black Man-Child to deal with for two more years, and He won’t allow any changes to be made. And presuming the Stupid Party, which trails even the non-existent Tea Party in polls can nominate someone who can defeat The Anointed One, you still think a Democrat minority in the Senate won’t filibuster any changes to this?

The Republicans are the ones that screwed this up years before it happened.

pdigaudio on December 19, 2009 at 2:56 PM

As the epitaph on Yogi Berra’s tombstone will read:

It’s Over.

pdigaudio on December 19, 2009 at 2:57 PM

I have to say, I was right about this months ago. All I kept hearing over and over again was about how it was “dead”, that there were too many schisms within the democrat party, that Obama’s plunging popularity would scare blue dogs, that Republicans would demand a reading on the floor, etc…

Nope. It’s passing.

rrpjr on December 19, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Your average Republican elected official has the spine of a jellyfish and a turnip for a brain.

pdigaudio on December 19, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Well written.

Hawkins1701 on December 19, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Don’t forget the sheer, raw, unconstitutionality of the whole concept.

Who has standing to bring suit on those grounds? We should hit the ground running on that front as well.

cthulhu on December 19, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Anybody who is forced to purchase insurance who doesn’t have it now would have cause to bring suit. Heck, I fit this category and I might do it.

Theophile on December 19, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Your average Republican elected official has the spine of a jellyfish and a turnip for a brain.

pdigaudio on December 19, 2009 at 3:09 PM

With despair like yours, who needs liberal histrionics.

Americannodash on December 19, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Americannodash on December 19, 2009 at 4:27 PM

There really isn’t much reason to be optimistic after today’s developments, which could be seen from a mile away. I see no GOP leadership. All the Senate GOP is try to make the bill more palatable via amendments; in other words, the Go Along Get Along Gang. All they did was help move this giant turd along.

Do you see something I don’t?

pdigaudio on December 19, 2009 at 5:10 PM

It sure looks exactly like bribery to me. The Supreme Court should have to make a ruling; there is not a lot of promise there however IMHO. They DO seem to pay attention to world opinion though — perhaps the will of a large majority of Americans can sway them.

The elections in 2010 are really critical. All signs point to a damn good chance to regain control of the House. So that gives two paths to stopping this monstrosity — civil disobedience is always available, and the House could REFUSE to pass any appropriation bills until ObamaCare is repealed. This would effectively shut down the government. Is it so crazy to contemplate such a measure?

GnuBreed on December 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Wasn’t Medicare, Part “C,” eliminated in the early 90′s after the seniors got to understnad the costs? That’s just about the only entitlment I know that was eliminated.

Fred 2 on December 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM

This will pass.

It will never be undone.

Stop fooling yourself with false hope.

One option remains for folks who really care about the direction this country is headed, and it’s not waiting for the next few election cycles, which will be far, far too late.

They have shown us repeatedly that the will of the people is meaningless. They will bribe each other with our money, promise each other whatever is necessary in order to fundamentally and forever change this country for the worse.

Really, it’s time to either resign ourselves to the fact that this country as we’ve known it, as it was founded, as it successfully led the world for 200+ years is now dead and gone – or take forcible action and reclaim it.

Midas on December 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Really, it’s time to either resign ourselves to the fact that this country as we’ve known it, as it was founded, as it successfully led the world for 200+ years is now dead and gone – or take forcible action and reclaim it.

Midas on December 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I am afraid I must agree. The climate stupidity is another example. They don’t care what lies have been told, they want to go forward anyway. Even worse, their lifestyle is not of that of a believer, but of a people who know the science is false, but the Control is the goal.

GunRunner on December 19, 2009 at 10:50 PM

American Power tracked-back with, “Ben Nelson Gives Dems 60th Vote on ObamaCare”.

Donald Douglas on December 19, 2009 at 10:51 PM

This is just the beginning, not the end. There is a big picture being drawn that has yet to be fully colored. Yes, it looks dire at the moment. But both political parties have now had a chance to be seen by even the most ignorant conservatives and apolitical types for what they really are. That there are “third party” tea-baggers, libertarians, even my liberal mom, getting upset and paying attention is proof of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Perhaps the entire political landscape of America is just beginning to create a shift back to freedom values that will result in something more closely aligned with the core values most people hold dear rather than the doom and gloom as appears today. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Robert17 on December 20, 2009 at 9:40 AM

I will fight as hard as anyone, but let us stop with anymore dead on arrival postings…Kay.

tomas on December 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM