Tuesday, October 01, 2013
So Charlie: Which Fight Is "Better"?
One Eminence Grise--Charlie Sykes--wrinkles his nose at the fight over ObamaCare. It's particularly ironic that Sykes refers to the Jesuits--who have been accused of preaching that "the end justifies the means"--and it seems that Charlie's focus is on the wrong end: political victory.
...Somehow the embrace of questionable tactics has become the new litmus test of ideological purity, while dissent, based on a firm grasp of arithmetic, calls down the furies of political idiocy. So, it's hard to imagine an endgame for the government shutdown that doesn’t leave the conservative base even more embittered and dispirited.
And success seems unlikely.
It's hard to ignore the fact that "political victory" for the Republicans has led to much larger Government since the year 2000. Federalizing education, nuking the budget with prescription payments, and deliberately and knowingly violating the Constitution with NSA domestic spying are only a few examples of Republican "political victory." What budget economies were promulgated under GWB and his Republican congress? So is "political victory" the golden fleece?
More important: ObozoCare is the sum of evil. It is the capstone of the Welfare State, and it embeds abortion-on-demand in concrete. In order to do that, it forces, at the point of a gun, Catholics, Baptists, and Orthodox Jews (inter alia) to fund it. That is flatly unconstitutional, not to mention immoral.
But that's not worth a fight, eh?
Secondly, accepting the "entitlement" language is wrong. Any "entitlement" can be changed or eliminated by any Congress. Don't think so? Then why is Paul Ryan proposing changes in the "entitlement" of Social Security?
Third: almost every word Obozo has spoken about ObozoCare is a lie, including the articles "the" and "a." Should anyone with principles roll over and (in effect) concede that lying, fraud, and mis-representation is just fine with them?
I'll concede that fund-raising is part of the rationale for resistance. So what? The Chamber of Commerce "fund-raises" for congressional elections every single day, and not necessarily for the national interest. Should that be stopped, Charlie? The TEA Party fund-raisers are acting to prevent a constitutional and moral cataclysm. It ain't a fight over truck-tonnage restrictions or the number of grapes in a quart.
So tell us, Charlie: what fight is MORE important?
What would Churchill say, Charlie? "Curl up and die in your bunkers!" or "We shall fight on the beaches,...."?