I DEEM THE DEMOCRATS FULL OF CRAP
[They say it will be over by Sunday.
The Speaker of the House said that, the president’s spokesman said that.
Sometime, between now and Sunday, probably when we’re not looking, when we are lulled by the empty monotone of the evening news, they will slit our throats.
When they have rigged the rules just so, when they have stacked the vote the best they can, when they can cheat the system and subvert the country, they will do it.
And the jug-eared caesar will proclaim that he has done what no other president could, he has reformed health care.
He has bled the last drop of American freedom.
After a year of debate and contention, after a year of the nation shouting “No!” from farm to factory, the end will apparently be a whimper. A whimper from the heartland and a cackle of delight from the Capitol.
We won’t know what’s in it until it’s signed, the Speaker said. Just sign your name and trust me.
The solution being championed is a gaming of the rules that lets the House sign on without really signing on. So that no Democrat – liberal or conservative – has to answer to voters for casting a vote on health-care reform, two of the most liberal members of the Congress – the Speaker and the chair of the Rules Committee – have calculated an end around, a vote without a vote.
Our world is changed, America is diminished, health-care becomes expensive and scarce, and no one is responsible. Elections have consequences, the Speaker once said, but sometimes she is willing to have consequences without elections.
She and her confederates have “deemed” health care passed, and so the chains of government control are forged on another part of our economy and society.
Well, maybe it’s time we “deem” her out of office. Maybe it’s time Americans deem their politicians useless and insubordinate. Maybe it’s time that the American people deem themselves sovereign and the Constitution the law of the land.
It is an odd day in American political history, not only do the leaders of Congress ignore the will of the people, they ignore the will of their members. The implicit fact of the congressional games is that there isn’t a majority in support of health-care reform. The dirty little secret of recent weeks is that Obama and the others have given up trying to sway the American people, they now hope to simply to sway the congressmen of their own party.
And they show little prospect of doing that.
So they have to cheat.
They have to impose the Slaughter Solution, a gambit to spare health-care reform the sure defeat an up or down vote would bring it.
The Democrat problem is that there is not Democrat agreement. Some Democrats in Congress feel strongly about one thing, and other Democrats in Congress feel strongly about other things – the same goes for their constituents. And this bill pulls them apart. It offends some in one way and offends others in another.
So the only way to get it passed is to not bring it to a vote – a seeming impossibility that Nancy Pelosi and Louise Slaughter have found a way around. They will create obscure procedural votes – they say – that will allow the legislation to move to the president’s desk without every truly coming before Congress.
That way each Democrat can go home and truthfully say he didn’t vote for health care, and yet there will be a health care bill. Those who want can claim credit, those who don’t will have no responsibility.
And it will all be a game.
With the American people as losers.
They can’t convince us, they can’t even convince the congressmen of their own party.
But they are going to force it on us anyway.
Which is one more milestone in the destruction of American freedom.
Because this isn’t about health care. Health care is just the battlefield. The war is about freedom, and whether or not you will have it anymore. It is about how expansive and powerful government can become, how totalitarian its policies will be, how much resistance you will put up.
Having failed to get their will through the democratic process, the Democrat leaders have happily opted for chicanery. It is a con, a bloodless coup, being foisted upon the American people.
And it’s supposed to happen this week.
A silent but certain slitting of the American throat.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2010](“http://www.lonsberry.com/email_columns.cfm”)