I mostly avoided the healthcare debate. What was there to say, really? Once the public option was mostly off the table, I was pretty sure the Democrats were going to ram through some bill or another. We can debate the merits of the bill…oh wait, no we can’t, no one knows what’s in it. But here’s the thing for Republicans to remember today: this is all our fault.
Let’s think back to 2008. Forget that we nominated one of the worst candidates of all time (or, try to forget, I still wake up screaming when I think we chose John McCain from that field), we spent much of that election season bickering amongst ourselves. I’m a social conservative, I’m a libertarian, I’m a fiscal conservative, I’m a King of the Hill Republican, I’m a Ron Paul Republican, I’m a northeast Republican, shut the hell up. This is what we get when we seek perfection from the Republican party. To paraphrase, the Republican party is the worst. Except for all the others. I know conservatives who didn’t vote, and conservatives who voted third party and conservatives, for one cockamamie reason or another, who voted for Barack Obama. Well this is what you get. Only unfortunately, this is what we get.
So here’s the thing. If we don’t want backward liberal policies, don’t elect backward liberal politicians. Did we really think that after the Democrats captured the White House, the House and the Senate that they weren’t going to try to ram through terrible legislation like this? They’re under the impression that this is what Americans wanted. And why shouldn’t they be? They are who Americans chose to lead us for the next few years. Don’t like it? There’s only one real time to show your displeasure and that’s at the voting booth. Protests and blog posts mean nothing when compared to an actual vote to throw the bums out.
So quit yer crying and start the working. Find your local candidates and put in time at their campaign office. Explain to everyone you know why this healthcare bill is a disaster for our country and what it will mean for them personally. And as IMAO twittered yesterday “time to start working on blocking the next giant new entitlement.” Because if you think it isn’t coming, you haven’t been paying attention. The oceans aren’t going to lower themselves!
Posted by Karol at 10:33 AM
On the other hand, Republicans controlled the White House and Congress for six years from 2001-2007, and they used the opportunity to ram through terrible socialist legislation. Can anyone seriously argue that Dubya wouldn’t have just as happily signed this pile of s— as he signed the medicare prescription drug boondoggle?
I can seriously argue that Bush wouldn’t have signed this bill because…he didn’t. Obviously I opposed the Medicare bill too, but it wasn’t anything of this size and scope. Did Republicans grow government while in office? Yes. Was it comparable to what the Democrats are doing now? No.
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Absolutely agree! McCain wasn’t the best candidate by any means, but he was ours, and a far better choice than Obama.
I kept warning people that a 3rd party or no vote was, in essence, an Obama vote, but no-one seemed to care. And God forbid, those weasel conservatives who bought into Obama’s empty hype.
Now we are reaping what they sowed! Thank you very much. I also recall in my many posts that they would have no right to piss and moan… and, of course that’s exactly what they are doing.
I regret voting for McCain; I should have stayed home.
Maybe now the Republicans finally got the message: we don’t want you as party of watered-down Democrats.
Judging from what I read at my local Repub site (Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn), that is exactly what is happening.
If we contiunue voting for these inept pseudo-Right impostors, there never be a strong valid opposition to the beastly socialists of the Left.
Karol, I have to agree and disagree. I agree that Bush oversaw tremendous “growth” of the federal government, if we can use that euphemism, including the start of bailouts. But Obama’s accelerated things like we haven’t seen since the New Deal.
It’s true that Bush and McCain would not have signed this. They’d have just signed something not quite as bad. Bush didn’t want to expand SCHIP but had no problem extending it, and shall I bring up Part D? Or that McCain had his own $300 billion mortgage bailout proposal?
I’ve criticized Glenn Beck, but I will say he was absolutely correct that under a president McCain, the temperature would have simply gone up gradually. We would have had watered-down health care “reform,” mortgage “reform,” credit card “reform,” etc., as part of a slow creep toward what we have now. Even this tragedy isn’t quite as bad as what was originally proposed — and yet it still carries a price tag greater than the $864 billion version with the necessarily subsidized public option! I’ve said from the start that there may be a public option now, but this whole thing is designed to drive insurance companies out, so that the feds can step in and say, “Oh look, now the government must offer what private insurers can’t!”
But it wasn’t “my” fault, or the fault of anyone else who didn’t band behind McCain or failed to find a “strong conservative” candidate, that this disgusting tyranny has passed. Why is it my fault if the worst candidate wins after I refuse to support the lesser of two evils? And, I’ll add, I also no longer vote. Practically, I won’t bother with an exercise of futility, and morally, I refuse to participate in a process that’s predicated on forcing a segment of the population against their will. It’s my fault for refusing to band with others so we can decide how to spend the wealth of a minority (i.e. the taxpayers) among us?
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke is, of course, a hero for conservatives, but even an anarchist-capitalist like me can enjoy a statement like that. It could even be construed that you can proactively stop evil people before they can do harm to you. That still doesn’t mean that it’s my “fault” when I fail to prevent evil people from acting.
The main fault lies with Obama and other socialists-collectivists who want to take my property and give it to others, and likewise with my “fellow Americans” who collectively exercise this “right” to vote themselves my property. Then fault falls on Republicans who settled for McCain, thinking he’d be strong enough to defeat Obama when in fact he ran the most half-assed campaign since, oh, Dukakis? I can think of only Mondale ‘84 as more pathetic. Fault also lies with every elected Republican who let Joe Wilson stand alone. When did anyone else call Obama out on the lies, especially with this bullshit about “reducing the deficit”?
However, on the barely perceptible luminous side (not “bright” side but not entirely dark), we know what’s at stake. Maybe now enough Americans will understand. But make no mistake: voting in a bunch of Republicans will do little, if anything, to reverse the big picture. The promises of 1994 evaporated pretty quickly, and I expect the same with anything said this year or in 2012.
Perry: totally agree with you here; the big picture is that corruption has set into millions of people who desire nothing more than to be enslaved by the government for a guaranteed piece of bread – provided their neighbor does not get a better slice.
Republicans are not the party of Right principles anymore.
Teehag, commenting @ Chicagoboyz:
Obama’s election and post-election victories are no more reversible than the New Deal. The courts will uphold whatever he does, just as the courts have used penumbras and commerce clauses to further other tyrannical aims. In the next elections, conservatives will conserve Obama’s “gains,” just as Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan conserved the innovations of FDR, LBJ, and Carter.*
Long-term trends are long-term trends for a reason. The age of Fascism/Socialism/Communism/Bolivarism is as broad and deep as the Age of Enlightenment. It represents the fundamental wishes of billions of people.
with 30 million more people getting healthcare; where are we getting the additional doctors?
name one governemnt program that meets the budget?…it’s gonna cost 2-3 times more then they say.
regarding Republicans….I blame them for acting like Democrat lite and allowing for the liberals to win in 06 and 08
P.S. yes I still support Huckabee 100%…I know you were wondering
I’ll remain proud of not voting for McCain unless he dies before his first term would’ve been over. Then I’ll consider the election a missed opportunity to get a real conservative as President.
Sorry, gotta disagree with you RE: the GOP. I can tolerate many things. Unfortunately, hypocrites don’t make the list. While I am not happy health care has passed, I don’t regret for an instant pulling the lever for the Libertarian the last two election cycles.
The Republicans’ absolute refusal to _keep their house in order_ is why the Democrats were able to seize the House and the Senate. When you have a sitting President interfering in an internal bloodletting (see PA Senatorial Primary, 2004) then I’m afraid the national party made its views clear: party over principle, and the public be d*mned. (Oh, and btw, who does ol’ Snarlin’ Arlen work for now?) For their collective failures to police the ranks when they were in power, men like Boehner et. al., like Moses, must not be allowed to obtain the promised land of leadership if/when the House changes hands. Only at that point will the GOP indicate they are serious about wanting to lead this country in a conservative (as opposed to Dem-lite) direction. Call it a purity test, call it what you want, but something needs the to be fixed within the GOP with regards to fence straddlers. When the chips were down Harry and Nancy didn’t have any Gang of 14 / Bipartisanship Uber Alles moments, and they actually, you know, _led_. Strange, but other than Iraq I don’t recall a single time the GOP was able to pull off a similar feat over something major. But hey, I bet that anti-gay marriage amendment sure would’ve made a great read if they had! /sarc off
from what I’ve heard, RomneyCare has cost alot more then projected…premiums went way up and waiting for a doctor appointment has gotten longer.
the only positive from this Bill is hopefully it will finish Romney.
Do you seriously think there is a peaceful solution to this? ObamaCare is just the symtom, the people had became corrupted. The mass of the people is too dependent on getting stuffs for free from rich people who don’t deserve being rich to except anything but more politician who promise them more and more. The unions and the farewell organizations, the internationalists have to be disposed.
I agree with J.R.
No one should regret not voting for John McCain. The “conservatives” who voted for Obama should be handed a dictionary, on the other hand.
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