If ObamaCare Is Still On the Block, What Is At Stake? … Everything!

Republicans on Capital Hill had an opportunity this week to honor their long-standing commitment to repeal ObamaCare — the Democrat party’s controversial health care regime that is merely a stepping stone toward socialized medicine. Republican efforts to repeal portions of ObamaCare (the so-called ‘Skinny Repeal’) failed yesterday to garner a simple majority in the Senate.

‘Dependence’ disguised as ‘sustenance’ can, over time, be the undoing of a great republic. That is why this remains the most significant matter that will come before this Congress, and why some Republicans in Congress still have not given up.

We published a column, back in December 2014, on what is at stake with ObamaCare; and it seems as relevant today as it was then. If you wish to read that column, entitled “ObamaCare is Heroin” … click here.


Republicans, Wake Up! … Before It’s Too Late

For eight years, President George W. Bush acted as though it was beneath him to defend himself and his party against relentless, withering assault from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex. Then, along came left-wing wunderkind Barack Obama; and the Complex just couldn’t get enough of the guy.

With outgoing President Bush likened to The Plague, incoming Republican standard-bearer, John McCain, reliably feckless, and the U.S. economy cratering (as if on cue), it was no wonder voters, in 2008, gave Democrats the keys to the capital city: White House, House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Democrats spent the next two years having their way with our government and our economy – in other words, careening full-throttle toward Socialism. And voters said, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

In 2010, voters awarded Republicans the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, the Senate. In 2016, the White House. Which begs the question: Why is it now so hard for Republicans to behave like a party in power?

From a public relations standpoint, congressional Democrats are running well-orchestrated circles around their Republican counterparts, who come off, by contrast, as bumbling chumps. For example, when your party controls the Senate, you don’t agree to hold Senate hearings on Russia’s purported collusion with your own presidential candidate in the 2016 election, while ignoring the potential shenanigans of the opposing party. But, that’s what Republicans are doing. The mind boggles at this level of political incompetence.

President Trump has enough on his plate, trying to get his fledgling administration off the ground, all the while taking flak from a Democrat party and a Liberal Media Complex openly determined to destroy him. The President should be able to rely on other Republicans to stand up for him and for themselves; and at the very least, not behave like bush-league amateurs who stumbled onto the main stage.

It’s enough to make voters cry foul. Or at least say, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

Trump v. Obama: Round Two

We have written before of Barack Obama’s lack of respect for democracy. What could more clearly substantiate this than his refusal to step away from presidential politics, now that his two terms in the White House have ended? Not even in the opening days of his successor’s newly forming administration has Mr. Obama eschewed his predilection for hyper-partisan meddling — unprecedented in the modern presidency.

Mr. Obama engages in ongoing, orchestrated attempts to delegitimize Donald Trump’s administration. Beyond that, Mr. Obama and his cadre of allies dispersed broadly throughout the federal bureaucracy, the Liberal Media Complex and the Democrat party are attempting to delegitimize America’s 2016 presidential election, in which Mr. Obama’s party and his chosen successor were trounced by Republicans nation-wide. It was such a stinging rebuke that the former president and his cadre refuse to accept it.

Instead of soul-searching and rebuilding their party, Democrats turn ‘fake news’ stories into front-page headlines and manufacture scandal where there is none, in order to prevent the new Republican majority from actually governing. The strategy of Mr. Obama and his cadre is to exploit every dubious advantage the ‘deep state’ bureaucracy and Liberal Media Complex afford them, in a full-on effort to destroy President Trump’s administration. They hope to bury it in scandal and disrepute, to render it ineffective, and if possible to end it — literally — as prematurely as they can.

This is what the new administration is up against. If they want to accomplish anything on behalf of the millions of voters who sent them to Washington, they must recognize the enemy they’re fighting, publicly acknowledge it, and be prepared to meet it, full-on, every day. One politician is best equipped to lead such a fight. Barack Obama and his cadre know it. That is why they want Mr. Trump gone. It is why he must stay.

Quick Notes: ’16 Election

It is an amazing time in America and around the world. I have friends abroad whose heads are spinning. And friends here at home who are also very, very dizzy, now that President-Elect Donald Trump has turned their world upside down.

Here is what we know.

First, Donald Trump’s victory is not only the most incredible political upset in modern history (as suggested on these pages months ago); it is also a stern repudiation of President Barack Obama’s legacy and style of governance. Mr. Obama has pursued a controversial, unpopular overreach of liberal socialist policy. What made matters worse was that he carried it off with arrogance, divisiveness and disregard for the rule of law. Add to that his endorsement of a toxic heir apparent, in Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump indicated in his victory speech early Wednesday morning that he will eschew the off-putting manners, and reach out to those willing to work with him, even those who have previously opposed him. His ultimate political success will depend on it.

Second, this is also a massive repudiation of the liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) establishment. The media world teems with journo-politicians, pundits, commentators, talk show hosts, movie stars, recording artists and various left-wing hacks going bonkers over Donald Trump’s magnificent victory. They threw their support, unreservedly, toward Hillary Clinton and their unbridled antagonism at Donald Trump. Now they’re incredulous, livid, that millions of Americans did not vote like them, and do not think like they do. Far too many Americans actually think for themselves and vote their own values. The nerve!

Third, now the real fight gets underway, and it will get ugly. Do not expect a political honeymoon to be afforded Donald Trump and his incoming administration, or the new Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. There remain a vastly powerful, dominantly liberal, cultural elite who oversee the federal bureaucracy and the media conglomerate. Already they are gearing up for the fight to come. One advantage for Mr. Trump, and those Republicans who wish to work with him, is the ongoing arrogance, and resulting ignorance, of the establishment. It is easier to overcome one’s adversaries when those adversaries doesn’t understand what they’re up against. Lately, liberal elites haven’t had a clue in that regard.

The next few years will be the most exciting we’ve seen politically since the days of President Ronald Reagan. So much to follow. Happy transition everyone!

Based on a True Story (Part 2)

Richard V. is 55 years old. He grew up in a small town on the Mississippi River and started driving a truck before he finished high school. Here is what he has to say.

I come from one of them small towns you’re always reading about. In Missouri. We call it ‘the heartland.’ I think that’s right, like it’s the heart and soul of the country. Don’t mean to get all wishy-washy or nothing, but I just feel that way. Lots of folks around here do.

We got lots of farmland, all around. I can drive ten minutes in pretty much any direction, and I’m looking at somebody’s cows, or fields full of corn. But my dad, he was a truck driver. And that seemed good enough for me. So, my older brother, he went off to college, and I took up with my dad, driving his eighteen-wheeler, part-time, when I was still in high school. Ya might say I fell in love with it. I sure did. We got I-55 running there right alongside town. So, I got good access for the long hauls. My favorite part of it all is driving early morning, around sunrise. Cup of hot coffee, watching the dew come off the ground, like it’s some kind of … like it’s a smoke signal, a wake-up call or some such thing. It’s a new day, and I’m first to see it.

Politics? Well, I used to be a Democrat. Just like my dad, and his dad before him. Used to like what they had to say, looking out for the little guy and all that. But at some point, not sure when that was, I guess I just got tired of what they was saying after a while. It’s like, somewhere along the way, seems the Democrats lost their way. Nowadays, they just keep making the government bigger and bigger. And they can’t stop spending money, way too much of it. Acting like it’s their money instead of ours. I think that’s wrong. Cause it ain’t their money. Hell, I mean, I work hard.

I’m an independent. Independent contractor. Drive my own truck so, I don’t earn a wage, but I drive jobs for other people, and I pay myself at the end of the day. Bought my first truck from my dad. Then I bought my next one off him, when he retired. I like being my own boss. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

What I earn is mine. And it don’t grow on trees. And it don’t rain down from heaven neither. Sooner or later, you’re left having to put things right again. And now that’s what America has to do. Start putting things right. So now, I vote Republican. What they say about the economy, it just makes more sense to me. Less government, more freedom. I like the sound of that.

A Realignment That Terrifies

American political history has seen a handful of so-called Realignment Elections, signifying major shifts in demographic loyalties between voters and political parties. One such election occurred in 1932, when Democrats, under Franklin Roosevelt, began to wrestle the African-American vote, and a vast coalition of working class Whites, away from the Republican party. Nearly fifty years later, in 1980, Democrat party dominance waned, as Republicans forged a new realignment, under Ronald Reagan’s conservative stewardship.

Thirty-six years on from the Reagan Revolution, after eight meandering years of Barack Obama’s presidency, America faces the possibility of another major realignment. It would, no doubt, weaken the Democrat party, and deny Mr. Obama the long-term liberal ascendency he’d hoped to establish during his White House tenure. Beyond that, however, what makes a potential 2016 realignment unique – and terrifies the elite political class – is that it would especially impact the Establishment versus the Non-Establishment. This threatened realignment is between an old political order (think Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney) and something new.

Not only would a Trump victory over Clinton be one the biggest upsets in American political history, it would also suggest a major decline for coastal, media elites, and big government bureaucrats and power-brokers; those currently devoting their resources and credibility to elect Hillary (whom they don’t really like, but who’s one of them) and to deny Trump (whom they loathe because he isn’t one of them). In this unconventional election year, voter preference is beginning to coalesce toward Trump’s promise of something new.

If 2017 brings a Trump inauguration, Americans will find out what ‘something new’ really looks like. And they’ll see an establishment elite put up a vicious fight. Some will have egg on their faces and fight to remain relevant. Others will be decimated and fight for their political survival. It will get ugly.

And won’t that be interesting.

The Federal Barack-racy: Are We All Becoming Reptiles?

The more dependent people become, the more they will bend to the will of whoever provides for them. In the United States that provider is, increasingly, the federal bureaucracy. Millions in this country live under the intoxicating influence of big government. And though many of us have not become addicts, the inexorable, unrelenting creep of the administrative state often goes unnoticed, while it strengthens its grip on all of us.

An oft-used analogy is that of the frog in hot water. If one were to toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, the poor reptile would immediately sense its peril and do all it could to jump out. However, if one were to place the same frog in a lukewarm pot and gradually increase the temperature, the cold-blooded reptile’s internal temperature would adjust to that of the surrounding water surrounding. The frog would begin to cook, and not even realize it.

A less familiar illustration can be drawn from personal experience, and a broadcast, back in the nineteen-seventies, of the late night talk show Tomorrow hosted by Tom Snyder. A guest came on Tom’s show describing himself as a “professional bureaucrat.” I remember asking my Dad, who sat nearby in his comfy recliner, “What in the world is a professional bureaucrat?” He told me we were both about to find out.

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