A practical agenda for 100 percent repeal
And talking about rolling back liberalism instead of just slowing its advance, this evening in the House of Representatives Steve King, R-Iowa, confidently laid out a step by step program for the 100 percent repeal of Obamacare (a cause he earlier invoked in an April 5 column). I only turned it on in the middle and am constructing this from what I heard, but it seems to consist of the following. A Republican majority House is elected in 2010, which, combined with a strong Republican minority in the Senate, blocks the funding for the implementation of Obamacare. (Or perhaps the Republican House does this without the help of Senate Republicans, since all spending bills must originate in the House.) This is followed by the election of a Republican majority House and Senate and a Republican president in 2012. Then in January or February 2013, the Republican Congress passes, and the Republican president signs, the total repeal of Obamacare. And all this happens before Obamacare would even have taken full effect in 2014.
This is the way Republicans need to talk.
Now as readers know I frown on triumphalist fantasies of the type that establishment conservative columnists frequently indulge, but King’s scenario brings one so vividly to mind that I will allow myself to express it. Imagine that it is January 20, 2013. The new, Republican president has just taken his oath of office (and Chief Justice Roberts has not stumbled over the words this time) and is giving his inaugural address to a crowd in attendance that includes overpowering Republican House and Senate majorities that were sworn in on January 3. Ex-president, ex-messiah, ex-god king Obama is sitting behind the new president, listening to him describe how the first business of his administration will be to dismantle and drop into the dustbin of history Obama’s—and the American left’s—greatest achievement.
Even as I wrote the above, I could hear in my ears the criticisms of those who say that this scenario involves the glorious accession to power of the same Republicans whose liberal leaning yoke we’ve been striving to throw off, and thus the certainty that we will not throw off liberalism. What, then, is the alternative? To wish that Obamacare not be overturned? To allow ourselves to come under its yoke? That I cannot do. We are not gods, but men. We cannot battle and defeat all possible evils at once. We must deal with the evil or set of evils that is most threatening at this moment. Confronted by a terrible evil such as Obamacare, we must wish and work for its defeat, not for its victory. Beyond that—to some idea that the great good of defeating Obamacare may produce worse evils which we should oppose instead of opposing the actual evil of Obamacare—my limited store of understanding cannot go.
I know it sounds good, but it won’t float. We can not do it with a majority Senate, the Dems will filibuster any repeal effort. Can we get a sixty percent Republican Senate? Will all the Republicans like Snowe and company vote for repeal? If not, there goes the sixty percent anyway, which I just cannot see us attaining. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but although I like the talk, somebody needs to get very innovative to make this work, and I just do not see how it can, barring a miracle. Sixty percent is very tough to get, especially for Republicans. Fifty five, which I can see, just won’t get it done.Kristor writes:
Are we not men? Are we not women? How can we live with ourselves, and not aim for the total defeat of liberalism? This is a historic opportunity. Sure, it may take a couple election cycles. But if we announce our defeat before the battle is truly joined, we will be defeated, and we will deserve our defeat. Our enemy is false, and weak, however strong he seems. Let us simply press forward with the truth, and see how the battle falls out.April 16, 11:40 a.m.
Richard W. writes:
Ferg writes:LA replies:
That’s good thinking.Richard Hoste writes:
Blankley is living in a fantasy world. The common people supposedly yearning for freedom reject every single spending cut. There isn’t the will to roll back anything, much less everything liberals have done since FDR. Any politician who gets up there and calls for taking spending seriously will find 80% of the country opposed.LA replies:
Richad Hoste is the writer for Alternative Right who has said that the equivalent of a 9/11 attack once every year or two would be no more damaging to the country than the usual traffic fatalities, and therefore the country should not bother defending itself from terrorism. Yet Hoste thinks that Tony Blankley lives in a fantasy world.Ferg writes:
Kristor writes:Charles T. writes:
I am with Kristor. Declaring defeat is not an option. I am not thinking primariy of my own welfare, but that of my children and their children.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 16, 2010 12:56 AM | Send