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The Weapons Given To Us

posted at 5:25 pm on March 23, 2010 by

A race began today, when the President signed his health-care takeover bill. The vast majority of Americans opposed to this legislation have two election cycles in which to defeat it. If 2010 does not see a Republican House of Representatives, the first victims will disappear under the leading edge of a tax and regulation avalanche. A complete GOP takeover of Congress and the White House in 2012 could begin the process of repeal, and the implementation of real “reforms” that will actually improve the quality, and reduce the cost, of medical care. Even such a transfer of power would not end the race – the same spirit and organization necessary to put the Republicans in office will be needed to keep them focused on the task at hand – but at least the rumble from a trillion tons of unsustainable liability would begin to fade behind us.

Handicapping the outcome of this race is tricky. It’s always tough to predict the future in politics, as anyone who spent last year laughing at the notion of a Republican successor for Ted Kennedy could tell you. Discussing what should happen is very different from measuring the odds of what will happen. Thomas Sowell sounds a sober warning about the hazards ahead:

True, President Obama’s approval numbers in the polls have fallen below 50 percent, and that of Congress is down around 10 percent. But nobody votes for Congress as a whole, and the President will not be on the ballot until 2012.

[…] The voters will have had no experience with the actual, concrete effect of the government takeover of medical care at the time of either the 2010 Congressional elections or the 2012 Presidential elections. All they will have will be conflicting rhetoric– and you can depend on the mainstream media to go along with the rhetoric of those who passed this medical care bill.

Too many critics of the Obama administration have assumed that its arrogant disregard of the voting public will spell political suicide for Congressional Democrats and for the President himself. But that is far from certain.

Dr. Sowell’s points are well taken. On the other hand, current events have placed some powerful weapons in the hands of liberty’s champions. One example of political firepower I can already hear sliding from its holster is the Narrative. Controlling the storyline is very important in a political debate, and the plot of the health-care horror story has already become so fixed in the public mind that not even the Democrats’ media allies can rewrite it.

Look at the way Nancy Pelosi’s grimly hilarious assertion that we needed to pass ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it” has already led to the discoveries that it controls the writing on restaurant drive-thru menus, and exempts congressional staffers from the back-breaking mandates it piles on the little people.

These developments are more than a belt of ammo feeding into the Twitter mini-guns of conservative bloggers. They’re continuing evidence that the opponents of ObamaCare were absolutely correct about it. Since the voters were already angry about the sleazy passage of this bill, they’re likely to transfer a great deal of their trust away from the people who lied to them.

Further reinforcement for the narrative of a desperate, clueless party grabbing for power will arrive when future modifications destroy whatever flimsy structure ObamaCare held at signing. The existing legislation describes years of onerous mandates and taxes before any benefits kick in. Does anyone really think Democrats will hold to that script, especially after the voters decimate them in 2010? The first betrayals of ObamaCare’s illusory principles will come quickly, now that nobody cares what the Congressional Budget Office says any more. A bloated government that couldn’t produce fifteen billion in toenail scrapings for “emergency” unemployment benefits is not going to donate one of its kidneys to preserve a carefully rigged ten-year deficit forecast it no longer needs.

ObamaCare has also granted a remarkable degree of focus to the opposition. The Republican party is usually diffuse, as disappointed voters watch their representatives take their seats at a table few of them oppose on principle, and tuck into the latest pork-fried legislation. The post-Reagan era has been characterized by the failure of an apathetic electorate to mount determined resistance to each new frantic plea for a few billion more in deficit spending.

Suddenly, the Republicans are focused like a laser beam. ObamaCare is too much, too fast. It has galvanized the GOP, and provided a spotlight for star turns by people like Paul Ryan and John Boehner. The Democrats have long coasted upon the inertia of an inexorably growing State. They will come to appreciate the danger of handing their opponents a simple banner of “Repeal!”, which they can raise above an electorate angry about being deceived and ignored. The American tradition is to elect representatives… and depose rulers.

The last few months have produced a dangerous degree of clarity, for an ideology that thrives on endlessly manipulating language and changing its brand name – progressive, liberal, socialist, or whatever they’re calling themselves this week. It’s commonly said that independents provide the decisive votes in national elections. How can anyone call themselves “independent” without fighting this monstrous bill and its authors, tooth and nail? What are they supposed to be independent of?

Liberals used to sneer at George Bush’s cowboy rhetoric about being “with us or against us” in the War on Terror. Well, either you submit to ObamaCare, or you’re against it. There’s no middle ground left. The illusion of “pro-life Democrats” died with Bart Stupak’s integrity. The illusion of “moderate Democrats” will not survive the next few months. The tactical problem with shoving a gigantic government takeover down everyone’s throats is that mild objections become impossible. As one of the tag lines from “The X-Files” put it, while warning against the dangers of total government power wrapped in lies: resist or serve.

Finally, the Republicans have gained access to the most potent weapon of all: vision. The slow, senseless lumber toward insolvency is over. Social Security and Medicare have entered the early stages of meltdown… and Democrats laughed and applauded as they signed a bill that will add trillions more to our national debt. The endgame for American socialism is no longer a distant matter we can foist on our grandchildren. It’s probably less than twenty years away, and the continuing collapse of the private sector will accelerate it. There are plenty of unforeseen events that could make it worse, and very few that could make things better.

The Republicans have an opportunity to put all of this in context, presenting ObamaCare as the most absurd excess of a doomed system, rather than an isolated outrage. The vision of dependency and control expressed by this bill, coupled with its delusional ignorance of economic reality, is profoundly at odds with the American tradition of independence and Constitutional restraint. To put it simply, this statist agenda won’t work – it never does, and never has. Explaining why is a challenging, and rewarding, task. Met successfully, it will have far more profound results that merely repealing ObamaCare.

The American people are already deep in the funk of Obama fatigue, a condition that took five or six years to set in for George Bush or Bill Clinton. The process of dragging ObamaCare over their increasingly strenuous objections was exhausting… and now the post-signing sales pitch is under way. Every time they turn on the TV, they’re going to get a face full of a President they’re already weary of, repeating the same hollow rhetoric that didn’t sell them the first hundred times they heard it.

They’ll also get plenty more of the backroom deals, hidden surprises, and empty promises they didn’t like during the initial passage of the bill. They’ll be serenaded by power-drunk Democrats mumbling about imaginary clauses to a Constitution that seems increasingly alien to their governance. A strong, coherent alternative vision will be welcome.

Of course, these weapons will be useful only if Republicans pick them up. We’ve already got John Cornyn peering down the barrel of statism as he fumbles with the trigger. The Republican Party played its part in getting us here, and they will have to transform into something sharper and stronger, in order to prevent their country from being transformed by a State that officially discarded all boundaries to its ambitions today.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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Skandia Recluse on March 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I currently have no health insurance. I save funds in a health account and use the free market to negotiate care. I have negotiated everything from doctor visits to procedures to surgery. I was planning, now that I am 50, to buy a “catastrophic event” health care insurance policy. The price of such with a $5,000 deductible and a 2 million dollar cap is around $165 a month. Not bad.

Now, coming 2014, I will have to buy an “approved plan” through an “exchange”. It comes to approximately $470 a month and I will receive NO SUBSIDY since I am single and a small business onwner with no health plan in place.

It will be MANDATED that I do so or be fined 2.5% of my income. An approved plan is determined by the HHS department. These plans will have to cover all sorts of things I will never need or require, such as maternity care (I’m a man…I doubt I’ll need it).

The bottom line is that under this “Health Care” bill I will be forced to pay for a plan I do not want, with services I do not need nor require, with a capped premium of $2,000 and at a premium that at this writing, I cannot afford. If I still cannot afford it by 2014 and my income remains the same, I will have to pay the fine of $1,500 or 2.5% of my income whichever is higher.

Now tell me Obama, Pelosi, et al., how did I gain “choice” and “new freedoms” with this piece of garbage yoo shoved down our throats?

It sounds like I will lose freedoms, rights and liberties, which is want you damn control and power freaks wanted all along.

Opposite Day on March 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Well put together Doc.

The old Roman saying, beware the messenger, is very much in play here as well. Not many days go by without reading about MSM dismissing some employees, losing advertising dollars, trying to figure out how to survive with an old business model, even attempting to apply it to the web. And they are the grounds keepers for the Leftists, have been for many years. As the old school MSM is becoming busier trying to rebrand themselves they have not begun to consider rebranding the Left. It made them millions over the years. Old habits die hard.

And so the Right has moved on, adapting and adopting. Conservative talk radio, blogs such as yours and Hot Air, Big Lizards, the list is growing daily. And this is active communication, not retreaded and vintage viewpoints, but refreshing discourse. Old school as in town crier old school. You can actually ask questions and be rewarded with enough contacts to keep one thread alive forever if eternity permits.

Hopefully the Repubs will be plugged into this, shall we say, open underground enough to take advantage of the diverse and meaningful viewpoints that swirl about, embracing the opportunity to take America back to the basics. If not, beware the messenger.

Robert17 on March 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Rhinestone Suderman commented on The Anchoress’s blog that prayer and fasting were the best weapons left to us.

An O-care believer gave a snarky reply, to which Momma K responded:

Rand says “Rhinestone Suderman: I am heartened to learn that fasting and prayer are the best weapons left to you. Commence firing.”

That reminds me of Joe Stalin’s sarcastic “How many divisons does the Pope have?”

Pius XII, “You can tell my son Joseph that he will meet my divisions in heaven”.

Amen.

Christians, fire away!

Rosmerta on March 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM

While we focus on defeating what has become the party of Karl Marx, let us not forget two enemies equally entrenched; the Media and Public Education. The lies propagated by those two also need to be countered. This is going to be a long, intense, battle. This nation is going to end one of two ways; it’s either going to be the “shining city on the hill”, or the sh!tty cesspit in the hole.

oldleprechaun on March 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Pius XII, “You can tell my son Joseph that he will meet my divisions in heaven”.

If there is a God or a heaven, I’m pretty sure that Joe Stalin didn’t meet anybody THERE.

sawbuck on March 24, 2010 at 8:04 AM

This Texan has had it with Cornyn. He is begging for a primary challenge next time around.

WannabeAnglican on March 24, 2010 at 8:06 AM

While we focus on defeating what has become the party of Karl Marx, let us not forget two enemies equally entrenched; the Media and Public Education. The lies propagated by those two also need to be countered. This is going to be a long, intense, battle. This nation is going to end one of two ways; it’s either going to be the “shining city on the hill”, or the sh!tty cesspit in the hole.

oldleprechaun on March 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Without the existance of their Gov’t Lords, Big Media and Big Education are effectively neutered.

uknowmorethanme on March 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM

If the Republicans don’t pick up these weapons and use them, they will surely die as a party. As surely as we are dying as a republic.

Extrafishy on March 24, 2010 at 8:14 AM

My big fear is this: That Republicans in Congress will become enamored of the control that they will over people and insurance companies. That instead of actual repeal, or even repeal of the most onerous aspects, we’ll get minor tweaking around the edges in the name of “reform”.

Farmer_Joe on March 24, 2010 at 8:15 AM

The illusion of “moderate Democrats” will not survive the next few months.

Neither will the opposition party if immigration “reform” is rammed down our throats.

petefrt on March 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

The other thing that conservatives have going for them over the next six months is liberal hubris — the smart thing to do right now if you were Obama, Reid and Pelosi, would be a call a halt to any truly controversial legislation, to allow the memory of the ObamaCare battle to fade. Instead, flushed with victory they’re just trying to figure out right now which controversial piece of legislation they’re going to do next, or possibly, do more than one at a time, such as immigration reform and cap and trade.

It’s a strategy designed to play to the base, but also which will keep voters angry through the spring and summer. The swing district Democrats will likely be running away from this as fast as possible, but with all the adulation the big media is raining down on Obama and Pelosi right now, the odds of them listening to words of caution are slim at best.

jon1979 on March 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

As far as I am concerned, the GOP only has post 2010 in which to prove to the electorate that they are truly serious about correcting the missteps of the Obama Administration and the current Congress.

If they can’t show through deeds that they are worthy of leadership, then they deserve the same fate of the Democrats who have put this great nation at the brink.

If the Tea Party proponents can’t remove the RINOs, and the Blue Blood elitists prove too much to remove from power, I’m with Beck — it may be *finally* time for a third party.

It is either that, or emigration to New Zealand to watch a formally great nation go into the sunset of history.

itzWicks on March 24, 2010 at 8:36 AM

In todays’ St Louis Post Dispatch comes the news that after Obama announces that kids with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies we find out that IS NOT TRUE! Insurers can still deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions however if an insurer accepts a child with a medical problem the company cannot exclude coverage for that particular illness, as sometimes happens now.

Herb on March 24, 2010 at 8:41 AM

That used to be my health coverage, Opposite Day. I stuck my hand in my pocket for the little things. For the big things — that, thank god, never happened — I had catastrophic cover with a very large deductible. It was quite affordable, and I was young and not well paid.

Then I realized my employer was charging me more to do that than if I bought into the stupid HMO concept. <sigh>

S. Weasel on March 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM

The slow, senseless lumber toward insolvency is over. Social Security and Medicare have entered the early stages of meltdown… and Democrats laughed and applauded as they signed a bill that will add trillions more to our national debt.

That point has to be made repeatedly between now and November, since it underscores the radicalized democrat party’s contempt for the basic values of independent minded
Americans and the squandering of our hard earned tax dollars.
Our future solvency and individual freedoms depend on those contrasts being drawn loudly and often.
This is beautiful writing on a truly ugly subject DZ, and like great combat photos of horrific war carnage, it serves up a sobering and necessary warning. Sadly, we’re going to need more, especially from you.

ontherocks on March 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Remember, the Left has weapons too.

Hate – (all of your opposition is based on hatred of Obama and the poor)

Racism – (that’s why Amnesty will be this year’s big fight)

Welfare – many of the people hurt most by Leftist policies believe that government handouts are their birthright, and will defend efforts to reduce the amount of cheese they’re getting.

Coercion- union thugs and black panthers
at the polls.

Fraud – voter registration efforts, shady campaign financing, and a general willingness to buy votes.

Apathy – This is the Left’s biggest weapon. They’re counting on people to be tired of politics by November. With no Presdential race, they’re counting on lower turnout. And they’re counting on people to assume the GOP will suck just as bad as the Dems.

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

err- Welfare recipients will OPPOSE efforts to take away their welfare, not defend those efforts.

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM

If the Tea Party proponents can’t remove the RINOs, and the Blue Blood elitists prove too much to remove from power, I’m with Beck — it may be *finally* time for a third party.

It is either that, or emigration to New Zealand to watch a formally great nation go into the sunset of history.

itzWicks on March 24, 2010 at 8:36 AM

New Zealand has pretty tough immigration restrictions.

Remember that even if the GOP is the lesser of 2 evils, it’s still a lesser evil.

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Dr. Zero: “Liberals used to sneer at George Bush’s cowboy rhetoric about being “with us or against us” in the War on Terror. Well, either you submit to ObamaCare, or you’re against it. There’s no middle ground left. The illusion of “pro-life Democrats” died with Bart Stupak’s integrity. The illusion of “moderate Democrats” will not survive the next few months. The tactical problem with shoving a gigantic government takeover down everyone’s throats is that mild objections become impossible. As one of the tag lines from “The X-Files” put it, while warning against the dangers of total government power wrapped in lies: resist or serve.”

Thankfully you refer to the Cornyn problem: DENIAL. Ridding (sobering up) the Republican Party of the “if we change this screw, move that bolt, we can live with it, or at least we’ll look like we care” nonsense is critical to the future of America.

With just what does one “replace” cancer?!?
Perhaps one could say “HEALTH”.

In this sense, one must first and foremost necessarily remove tyranny to have the condition of liberty.

Lockstein13 on March 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Dr. Zero you’re a genius, but you ignored the real problem -those millions of characters who voted to selfishly give away the freedom millions of thir ancestors fought to provide them, all for assurances from a Chicogo Marxist with revolutionary friens with 1960’s goals of destroying the nation.

They have been propagandize to the point of no return.

Leaving them and their educationand media masters free to continue spreading their social and political cancer will insure future failure as well. As did they, the reformation of America back to sanity once again, needs to be fundamental -from the cradle to the grave and in all things.

I have a long list, but for starters

Clean out the media -no special protection against lawsuits

Education – local power only -no more indocrtrination

The public arena -hate crimes against those who dispise nature’s God.

The environment shall no lon ger to be considered more important than those who live in it.

The culture of death is evil and must be recognized as such if true peace and charity prevails

Defense -there is evil that must be rebuffed to protect our nation and innocent life

The constitution must become the standard by which all laws are to be judged — not a flexible living document to be ignored or arbitrailly used for creative lawyers in robes to rule the nation.

All political correctness shall be outlawed as the enemy of truth!

All politicians must live the laws they create -never making more money than the average of their constituants.

Don L on March 24, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The liberals have managed to convince a majority of the people in this country that they are below average (a mathematical impossibility, of course

What is the average of 1, 1, 1, 1, and 16?

To compute an average, take the sum (20) and divide by the number of elements (5) and you get 4. Four of the five values are below average.

Or did you mean “median”?

-Math Martinet

The Monster on March 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Very well written, with sound logic and research, why are you still in the green room and not a front line contributor?

jainphx on March 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

READ HOROWITZ’S BOOK “THE ART OF POLITICAL WAR AND OTHER RADICAL PURSUITS DO IT NOW BTW.

Amendment X on March 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM

If the communists have given us unlimited health care with no caps nor pre-existing conditions counted, why should we pay for VA hospitals, workers comp insurance and all of those medical riders on homeowner and auto insurance? With unlimited health insurance, the insurance industry has just been eliminated by the Communists. Maybe the VA Medical Centers can become Abortion clinics (probably by executive order). We have just been community organized! It will get even better when all of the illegal aliens get in on the health care scheme! Obama will probably stay in office several terms because of this!

Marco on March 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I hate to rain on your parade but do you seriously think that the dems don’t have all these weapons covered already? Before the next election Obie will have every illegal alien naturalized, the SEIU will bus in every one of em and a few dead people to boot! Plus if he can’t get us that way I’m sure he’ll pull a ‘wag the dog’ out of his butt and go after Iran! We’re toasts comrades , might as well get ready for the gulag, we’ll never see republicans in charge again. God help us!

mgt on March 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

[…] The voters will have had no experience with the actual, concrete effect of the government takeover of medical care at the time of either the 2010 Congressional elections or the 2012 Presidential elections
==================================================

And,there in lies the Liberal Design,always thinking and
planning/plotting the next election!

canopfor on March 24, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The illusion of “moderate Democrats” will not survive the next few months.

This is entirely true. In discussions on HA ive maintained a level of detachment from the full scope of whats been going on, primarily because i love argument and debate to the point i considered majoring in philosophy…but now that the stakes are what they are I must hang my hat with a GOP that culturally could not be farther from my heart. This is where we’re at, to the point where my squishy a$$ is actually going to pull the lever for the GOP in the NY 11th. You guys have so very much to work on, but the democratic party really has left me. I hope we can begin to patch up our tattered relationship over discussions on how best to prune the federal prerogative, in the interest of promoting community and choking out corruption.

ernesto on March 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I hope you’re right about Republicans finally having a Vision to repeal the Socialist State (Not just O-Care, but the Social Security and Medicare Monstrosities).
Its early, but it’d be nice to see some of our Presidential contenders start talking about the unsustainability of the socialist state, and how to repeal it quickly and effectively.
I guess I want Republican leaders to start explaining the Vision, so that the average citizen can get behind it and demand it.

Iblis on March 24, 2010 at 11:58 AM


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