Democrats’ dictatorial moves bring country to the brink
The “deeming” has been the last outrage for many people. Jeffrey Kuhner writing in the Washington Times says that the Democrats “are assaulting the very pillars of our democracy,” and calls on the Republicans to run in 2010 on a platform of impeaching Obama if he signs a bill that the House “deemed” to have passed without having passed it.
The column is over-emotional in spots, and I don’t agree with all of Kuhner’s liberal-tinged rhetoric. But I think the piece accurately reflects the fact that if the Democrats carry through their power grab and pass this bill, they will be initiating a political civil war in this country. See the reactions to Kuhner’s column in the discussion at Lucianne.com.
During the post-election crisis in November-December 2000, Richard Cohen wrote a surprising column in which he said it would be better if George W. Bush won the stand-off, because if Bush were deprived of the presidency, it would awaken the sleeping giant of conservatism and shake the liberal order. I approved Cohen’s honesty and wisdom in seeing how great the stakes were if the Democrats actually seized the presidency by these outrageous means. Yet today, ten years later, the same Richard Cohen does not apply to the health care bill the logic he applied to the 2000 post election crisis; he does not advise Obama to drop the bill, lest he set off a conservative counterrevolution. Instead, in full flight of spiritual and political greed, Cohen urges Obama to disregard all restraints and ram through the health care bill at any cost: “ram the damn thing, Mr. President. Ram it!”
Thus have liberal Democrats morphed into what they always were in essence, but couldn’t afford to reveal because they lacked the power to carry it through: leftist revolutionaries. Ever since the 9/11 attack I have been saying that we are in the “apocalypse of liberalism,” meaning the uncovering of liberalism in its true nature. The liberals’ remorseless campaign to impose the nightmare of Obamacare on America has uncovered the nature of liberalism as never before. If they succeed in passing it, we are doomed to live in very interesting times for a long time to come.
In the same column, Cohen writes:
The baleful fact is that the country suffers from a surfeit of democracy…. The black but necessary art of politics shies from the sun. Little gets done. Backrooms have been turned into rec rooms and meetings are seminars. We are doomed. Worse, we are bored.The passage instantly reminds me of Hitler’s derisive comments about dry, boring parliamentary government, and his promise to replace it with the invigorating excitement of a strong leader who rules by will.
And I repeat: it’s not a “fascist” talking about the need to drop democracy and “ram the damn thing through.” It’s a liberal Democrat.
Ian B. writes:
If this bill passes, we need to start considering some extreme countermeasures. I don’t want to be “doomed to live in very interesting times for a long time to come,” but I can tolerate it if I can live them as a rebel rather than a slave. We must create a way—somehow—of fighting back to the bitter end.LA replies:
If the federal government turns itself into a tyranny outside the Constitution, as is seen both in the health care bill and in the manner of its intended passage, then clearly the states have the right by nature (not the legal right, since there is no legal right to revolution, but the natural right) to secede from this tyrannical government.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Send