I'm angry at the clueless, yet educated and normally intelligent, people who are gleefully celebrating this shredding of the Constitution and intrusion of government into our lives. I'm depressed about what I know is to come with that intrusion. I expect notices from my insurance company to begin coming any day about rate increases, among other things. How could they not? And then I'm left just shaking my head - "how could this happen?"
Stacy McCain takes the right approach:
What comes next? We fight.
Stacy cites this article from American Spectator in which Phillip Klein looks at how we got here in the first place. Klein says:
President Obama ultimately forced through the health care bill in spite of the political consequences to his party because he’s ultimately a true believing liberal. But it was only because of the failures of Bush-era Republicanism that an ideological liberal with little experience was able to capture the presidency on the abstract notion of change.
I found some good things to look forward to during this debacle. Paul Ryan gives me hope. He fought like a tiger against this thing. He fought every step of the way with eloquence, and with charts. He was informed, prepared and he was right. Take four minutes to listen to his remarks on the floor last night:
The speech was earning high praise for Paul Ryan on Twitter last night. "Rock Star!" "Phenomenal!" "Our next president!" And watch John Boehner's impassioned "Hell No!" speech here.
Sister Toldjah is fighting mad and knows which way she is going:
Senator Tom Coburn promised a couple of days ago that if the Senate bill passed the House, several GOP Senators would work to expose the no to yes Democrat flippers – specifically, those who were promised $$$ for their districts or ambassadorships or positions with NASA or whatever in return for their vote – including you, Bart Stupak. I eagerly look forward to this glaring, necessary exposure of these so-called “principled” Democrats who sold their political souls (not to mention sold out their constituencies) in order for this President to be able to claim an “accomplishment” for the first time since he’s taken office, an “accomplishment” that effectively means the government has now taken over 1/6th of the American economy. I eagerly look forward to watching the Congressional races of the flipper Democrats (the red state flippers, especially) up for re-election in hopes that each and every one of them are soundly defeated. The repeal of this bill must become a centerpiece of any GOP campaign moving forward this election year.
She's right. We can't just sit around licking our wounds. We have to fight. The reconciliation bill goes to the Senate now. If so much as a single comma is changed, it must go back to the House.
It's time to get geared up for fall elections. Find out who is running in your district. Pick some national candidates you can get behind. Get the right people in Washington to help clean up this mess. Expose all the corruption and kickbacks and bribes and crooked politicians in your district. Write letters to your newspaper. Run for local office! Work in someone's campaign. Make a donation to a good conservative candidate (but please, not the NRSC or the NRCC!)
Michelle has the list of states ready to file claims against Obamacare as unconstitutional.
Don't sit around wallowing in how bad this is going to be and how we've lost our country. That's not what the patriots did when they decided to form this country and break away from the tyranny of the mother country. They fought.
And we shall fight.
I'll leave you with these fighting words from Animal House (via Red State):