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Monday, March 22, 2010

Pep Talk

Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection has a great pep talk posted. It's probably something that many of us need right now.

Go check it out yourself, but here's a small taste:

"November 4, 2008, was the culmination of multiple generations of journalistic and educational malpractice and liberal guilt, malfeasance by Republicans who lost their way while in power, and a mass delusion on par with the tulipomania of 17th century Holland.

"On November 5, 2008, did any one of you think that over 16 months later Obama would barely be able to pass a truncated version of his dream of single payer, and that dozens of Democrats would join Republicans in opposition?


"In August and September, did you think we would make it to the end of the year, and then in early January 2010, did any of you (other than me) think Scott Brown could win and we could prevent a Democratic super-majority?

"Your hard work has paid off, even if the end result was not what we wanted. But trust me, without you it would have been much, much worse.

"For over a year Obama has not been able to push through other destructive aspects of his agenda, and the clock is running out before the mid-term elections.

"The hard work must continue through the November elections because Democrats know they have just a few more months."

And now I'll add my two cents worth...

Shake off the shock and anger and remember this issue is not over. It's not resolved. There is much to do, much more to come. Legal and Constitutional challenges to the madates of this health care monstrosity and the manner of its passage do have merit and they cannot be ignored by the courts.

And remember that this is an unsustainable law. The money is simply nor there, nor can the money ever be in the federal coffers without a wholesale raiding of taxpayers' savings (possibly their retirement funds). What must happen is a dismantling of the bill, either now or in 4 - 6 years when the bills really come due.

This isn't a matter of ideology, but of economic reality. There simply is no other choice. The fools in Congress who have followed the Obama pied piper to their doom may not realize this. The inexperienced yet arrogant Commander-in-Chief, may not realize this. But the majority of the American people understand this.

The American people understand that in the cosmos of macroeconomics these enormous entitlement programs cannot continue indefinitely. Funding for entitlements of this size forces a country to either expand, to be supported by an outside patron state, or to collapse. There are no other choices. So will America invade Mexico for her its raw materials, Canada maybe? No. Will we syphon off the fabled oil of Iraq? Unlikely. Will China continue to buy up American dollars and debt even as they wrestle with their own teetering economy and push for an international super-currency? No.

So where does that leave us?

It leaves us with the cold, hard fact that we must continue to fight this every way possible. To do otherwise is to capitulate to the looming disaster brought upon by Washington's paternal arrogance.

I believe that the American people are stronger and more resilient than Congress and Obama assume. I believe that we cannot simply be reshaped and retooled by idiotic an unpopular legislation (and even if we could, we would still face economic chaos soon). I believe that we will not allow ourselves to be boxed into a fascist state (and this bill fits the economic definition of fascism as even people on the Left have pointed out) or to be sentenced to a doomed socialist "utopia."

We're stronger than that. We don't just drink the Kool Aid. We don't "just get with the program" and "come on in for the big win." We remain resolute to our principles and our individual beliefs-- a fact that the current Congress and Obama seem to be so ignorant of. They believe they now finally have momentum, but they are wrong.

The American people do not simply and timidly give up. The majority of Americans disapprove of this bill. Even more will despise it when the ramifications of the bill come to be realized. More political and legal battles will be fought over this. Even after this current setback, this squeaking through of a bill that many assumed would be arbitrarily passed before the 2009 summer recess, we must, and will, continue. And we will persevere.

1 comment:

  1. A great post, Yukio. As disappointed as I am, we must fight and fight until the very end, no matter the cost. People like to think everything will be fine by the fiat of their optimism. Optimism doesn't win battles and wars. Guts, balls and blood win battles and wars, and we've got plenty of those.