Monday, March 22, 2010

Remember in November? Sure, but don't hold your breath. The Dems have launched a Putsch

Sara Palin made a nice speech on her facebook page:

Out-of-touch Congress Sounds Our Clarion Call to Take a Stand
We’ve been reminded many times that elections have consequences. Yesterday we saw the consequence of voting for those who believe in “fundamentally transforming” America whether we want it or not. Yesterday they voted. In November, we get to vote. We won’t forget what we saw yesterday. Congress passed a bill while Americans said “no,” and thousands of everyday citizens even surrounded the Capitol Building to beg them not to do it. Has there ever been a more obvious exhibition of a detached and imperious government?

In the weeks to come, we can expect them to try to change the subject, but we won’t forget. Don't let them move on to further “transformational” steps while forgetting what Congress just did against the will of the people. Though Obamacare will inflict billions in new taxes on individuals and employers, at least it creates some jobs: the IRS might have to hire as many as 16,000 new employees to enforce all the new taxes and penalties the bill calls for! And that doesn’t include all the other government jobs from the 159 new agencies, panels, commissions and departments this bill will create. As the private sector shrinks, we can count on government to keep growing along with the deficits needed to keep it all afloat. (Is this the kind of “change” Americans asked for?)

In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix – our health care system. Somewhere along the way we forgot that health care reform is about doctors and patients, not the IRS and politicians. Instead of helping doctors with tort reform, this bill has made primary care physicians think about getting out of medicine. It was supposed to make health care more affordable, but our premiums will continue to go up. It was supposed to help more people get coverage, but there will still be 23 million uninsured people by 2019. [...]

Follow the link to read the whole thing, which has embedded links as well.

She ends up by saying we can have our say in November. A lot of conservatives are saying the "Remember in November" mantra right now. Fine. But, how much of a difference will the November elections make? Consider this from Neal Boortz:

I'm sure we're going to hear some people suggesting that if we put the Republicans in charge they'll simply repeal ObamaCare. Sorry, I don't see that happening. Remember, even if the Republicans did somehow manage to take back the House and the Senate, it certainly wouldn't be with a veto-proof majority ... and don't forget who's sitting in the White House perfectly ready to veto any repeal attempt. The American people voted for change ... and change is what they're going to get. Higher taxes, more debt, a depressed job market and government control over every aspect of their health care. If that's change you can believe in, they you have a pretty bizarre belief system.

Donations to the Republican party are at an all time low. A large number of sitting Republicans are retiring this year, and the party does not have many viable candidates lined up to take their place, nor do they have the resources to cultivate many. A lot would have to change during the next 8 months to make a substantial difference in November.

Even then, the most optimistic projections I've seen show that the Republicans will not be able to get a veto-proof majority. They would need to form alliances with Democrats, and compromise.

It that's all we can do, then we will have to do it. But I'm STILL hearing the Uber Conservatives, raving that they won't support the Republican party until it becomes more rigid and uncompromising, and appeals more to the narrow conservative base. No room for moderates or independents.

Meanwhile, the Democrats will be working over the next three years to pass immigration reform, which will grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, who will become Democrat voters. Once that occurs, the Republican party will have to change radically just to survive.

Now is not the time to be tearing down the Republican party for not being perfect. Now is not the time to be uncompromising. This is the time to be building a coalition to keep our party afloat, not re-arranging deck chairs.

The Uber Conservatives keep on insisting on an "All or Nothing" strategy. Well take note: Yesterday's vote is what Nothing looks like. It's time to change your strategy to something that works, not to keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result. If incremental change is all that is available to you right now, then take it, until you can manage something better. The Democrats have just succeeded in launching a Putsch on our Republic. The political landscape is changing rapidly, and we have to respond quickly. Adapt, or die.

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