Oxymoron of the Week

Rep. Stupak: Satisfied with the President's Promise

Perhaps the saddest spectacle in this whole healthcare fiasco was the revelation that some people who claim to be prolife really aren’t.

It doesn’t please me to say this, but a true prolife Democrat, at least in this current Congress, is an oxymoron.

When Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak folded on Sunday, accepting a promise from the administration that the president would issue an executive order disallowing abortion funding by the government, all hope of stopping this bill died. He and his small band of supposed prolife Democrats then voted in favor of Obamacare. Now we know, as we look at the final vote, that this defection was crucial. If they had remained firm, Obamacare would have failed.

This makes it clear to me that their prolife stance was more of a preference than a conviction. A deeper conviction was their desire to impose a government-sponsored system on the American public.

First, let’s be honest here. President Obama, the most pro-abortion president in American history, will not follow through on his promise. It’s already been asserted—accurately—that no executive order can overturn legislation, and this legislation calls for federal funding for abortions. It was a phony promise, and Rep. Stupak and his group fell for it.

However, it’s not just that they were deceived. The bigger problem is that fundamentally they believe in the socialist vision. They are progressives who accept the assertion that government ought to be in charge of major sections of the economy. They don’t trust the private sector and have faith that government will perform better.

On what do they base that belief? Where does government perform better? Social Security? Broken. Medicare and Medicaid? Massive fraud has been revealed. No matter where you look, the federal government has not performed better than the private sector. That’s an illusion.

Their belief is precisely that—a belief. It is ideologically driven.

I recognize it’s possible that Rep. Stupak really thinks he is helping the poor. If so, he doesn’t understand how economics works. But I don’t accept the idea that Obama and the leadership in Congress really have helping the poor as their driving purpose. Yes, they use that in their public utterances, but the real goal is control.

The American people, by large majorities in the polls, do not approve of this unconstitutional usurpation. Yet the Democratic leadership kept saying this bill was “historic.” As the sign on the right indicates, being historic is not always a positive thing. Historic disasters exist as well.

Something else historic needs to take place now: the biggest turnaround in election history. This November, an electoral uprising is absolutely essential. Can it happen? Almost no one predicted the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections. The morning after election day, commentators were scrambling to figure out what happened.

It can happen again. It can be an even larger and more historic vote than 1994.

Medical analogies abound in the political cartoonists’ world.

It could be that the Democrats are doing most of the spadework for Republicans themselves.

Yet even if this does occur, how can we change what has happened? What are the best avenues for attacking this and reversing the damage?

I’ll try to deal with that tomorrow.

Full Steam Ahead!

Full steam ahead! That’s the word from Democrats on healthcare. And the pressure is on. Three more Democrats in the House have now decided to vote for the bill. One is Dennis Kucinich, who is more than a little flakey anyway. He didn’t vote for it the first time because it was too “conservative.”

It’s the other two that bring a feeling of disgust: two House members who said they were prolife have now decided the language of the bill (has anyone really seen it yet?) is fine with them. How many principled Democrats on the abortion issue does that leave? What were they promised? Why did they decide to hold their nose with respect to all the garbage in this phantom bill?

This do-or-die approach could have dire consequences for the party.

If that’s what they want for their future, it’s fine with me. The problem is that everyone else will have to suffer as a result of what they’ve done. In the face of principled, reasoned opposition, Obama continues to say critics are spreading misinformation. That’s a baseless accusation. The information is solid and true. But his attitude is unchanged.

Probably what galls me the most are the protestations of innocence emanating from the president. If you look carefully (and it’s not really all that hidden), you can see what’s actually transpiring.

The hypocrisy is so blatant, there’s no need to “expose” it. It’s plain for all to see.

Obamacare Coming to a Head?

The word today is that this is THE week. Obamacare, according to Obama, will pass the Congress this time. Well, it might. It all depends on how many Blue Dog Democrats and those who say they oppose abortion cave under the pressure.

Meanwhile, polls continue to show a large majority of Americans oppose this bill (if indeed a bill exists—that’s still a matter of debate). Yet Obama disregards the opposition. Why?

He interprets his 2008 election victory as a mandate to do whatever he wants. Never mind that many of those who voted for him now have buyer’s remorse. Further, he is asking his own party to go with him on this path, regardless of the consequences to Democrats in the upcoming congressional elections.

Is this megalomania? Is it the supreme example of arrogance? Does he really want to go over this precipice? It would appear so.

In the midst of all this, I find it encouraging that my old home state of Virginia has taken a stand, saying that it will not accept the imposition of healthcare on the state, since that is not a power given to the federal government in the Constitution.

If Obamacare does pass, this sets up a terrific court case. Can a state, relying on the original intent of the Constitution, reverse the advances of a federal government out of control? It may depend on the court in which the case is heard. It would probably go all the way to the Supreme Court where there’s an opportunity to declare Obamacare unconstitutional.

Yet I’m praying it won’t go that far. I’m hoping it will be stopped dead in its tracks again this week—for the sake of the future of this nation.