March 21st is a day that will live in infamy, or at least it should. Exactly one year ago, our hard-fought, 9-month legislative battle over Obamacare ended in defeat as the bill passed the House 219-214 in the darkness of a Sunday night. I have yet to hear a peep about it on the news, or even on Facebook today. Not a word! Have we forgotten so soon? Have we been blindsided by the tragedy in Japan or the military actions in Libya (not that we should be ignoring these things because we shouldn’t) to forget one of the most despicable pieces of legislation to ever pass Congress?
Or have we been lulled to sleep over our successes thus far in fighting against it? Instead of sitting down and shutting up we forged ahead with one goal in mind. Taking back Congress. In November 2010 we took back control of the US House and did major damage to the Democrats’ control of the US Senate. In the process we took control of the majority of Governorships and state legislatures as well.
On the legal front Obamacare is taking broadside after broadside in challenges to the Constitutionality of the bill and hopefully soon judgement will be passed on the bill by the Supreme Court. We should also be doing whatever possible to de-fund the bill in Congress and efforts are still ongoing. And of course there is need to finish the job electorally with the takeover of the US Senate and the White House needed next year (so that we can repeal it and replace it with common-sense free-market solutions).
We’re still fighting tooth and nail against Obamacare but there is something unnerving about forgetting to mark the Anniversary of its passage. We shouldn’t be ignoring it…it should be a cattle prod to our efforts to fight it. Not only that, but we should be using it in order to paint a clear contrast between sides and ideologies.
Let’s compare the legislative battle against Obamacare and the battle over collective bargaining in Wisconsin. We took a run-away Congress and pushed it to the brink in a 9 month legislative battle, forcing them to vote in the dead of night with no transparency (and even forcing them to vote on the morning of Christmas Eve 2009 in the US Senate!). At the end of the battle Republicans lost with honor. They lived to fight another day and let WE THE PEOPLE pass judgement.
In that judgement Republicans took over the Governor’s Mansion and the State Legislature in Wisconsin. The Democrats who had lost control and faced a battle of their own. Instead of losing with honor and letting the voters pass judgement, 14 Democrat state senators ran away to a resort in Illinois while their allies in the unions raised bloody murder in the streets and in the Legislative halls in Madison.
There were thousands of Patriots on the west lawn of the US Capitol the final weekend of the Obamacare legislative battle. It was a peaceful protest and vigil. When the final verdict was made and The house passed the bill everything remained peaceful and those Patriots, like the Republicans in Congress, vowed to fight another day. When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got his plan voted through the Senate (through legislative procedure after three weeks of deadlock caused by the Democrats’ departure from the chamber) the union protestors rioted by forcing themselves into the State Capitol and vandalizing it.
Just imagine what ado would have been made if Republicans walked out of Congress before the Obamacare vote or if we had rioted on the steps of Congress.
Just think about it and never forget what occurred one year ago today Let it spur us on to continue to fight for our Freedom and Liberty