Sunday, March 14, 2010

To What End?

What is it about healthcare reform that the Democrats are willing to forgo their majority in Congress to enact it? Nancy Pelosi seems to want her minions to fall on their sword and pass the bill. What's in it for her?

In a word, longevity. In another word, control.

Nancy Pelosi doesn't have to worry about losing her seniority in Congress. Her seat is pretty safe. She'll still be there when the carnage of 2010 concludes. She'll still be there in the minority, as she has been in the past.

The Democrats understand that this is a watershed event. They have the opportunity to change forever the makeup of the U.S Government. They are betting that it cannot be undone.

I beg to differ.

Let them pass this monstrosity. It will determine the fate of the country for years to come, but not in a way that the Democrats will relish. This truly IS a watershed event. However tone-deaf the Democrats are to the majority of public opinion, they know incrementalism. If they can get this passed, they have steered the government in their desired direction. It make no matter if the entire bill is overturned after the elections of 2010. They will have moved the government to the Left. Unless....

I believe that the Tea Party movement is just getting started. The movement is not going away in light of advances in New Jersey and Massachusetts. There are countless battles in the future, each of which will be pivotal.

The time to engage is now! It doesn't matter what you do, just do something. Email your Congressman, attend a local tea party event, begin a blog, talk to friends. Just do something!

There has always been talk about the "silent majority" that has been reticent to engage in political issues. Now, however, those political issues are at the forefront of determining how we will live our lives.

I don't want government telling me what I "must" do. I'd rather make my own mistakes and learn from them. I NEVER entrusted government to make my decisions for me and I sure as hell am not going to start now.

Recommended reading:

Deemed to Have Passed?!

Sarah Palin Responds to Impending Healthcare Cram-down

Virtual Impeachment

Tags: Deemed Passed, Healthcare Cram-down, Nancy Pelosi

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