Hey Washington, can you hear us now?
First up, Jeff Kuhner of the WaTimes, with strong words that I stand behind 100%.
The Slaughter Solution is a dagger aimed at the heart of our system of checks and balances. It would enable the Democrats to establish an ominous precedent: The lawmaking process can be rigged to ensure the passage of any legislation without democratic accountability or even a congressional majority. It is the road to a soft tyranny. James Madison must be turning in his grave.
Mr. Obama is imposing a leftist revolution. Since coming to office, he has behaved without any constitutional restraints. The power of the federal government has exploded. He has de facto nationalized key sectors of American life - the big banks, financial institutions, the automakers, large tracts of energy-rich land from Montana to New Mexico. His cap-and-trade proposal, along with a newly empowered Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to impose massive new taxes and regulations upon industry. It is a form of green socialism: Much of the economy would fall under a command-and-control bureaucratic corporatist state. Mr. Obama even wants the government to take over student loans.
[...] Mr. Obama is willing to devour his presidency, his party's congressional majority and - most disturbing - our democratic institutional safeguards to enact it. He is a reckless ideologue who is willing to sacrifice the country's stability in pursuit of a socialist utopia.
The Slaughter Solution is a poisoned chalice. By drinking from it, the Democrats would not only commit political suicide. They would guarantee that any bill signed by Mr. Obama is illegitimate, illegal and blatantly unconstitutional. It would be worse than a strategic blunder; it would be a crime - a moral crime against the American people and a direct abrogation of the Constitution and our very democracy.
It would open Mr. Obama, as well as key congressional leaders such as Mrs. Pelosi, to impeachment. The Slaughter Solution would replace the rule of law with arbitrary one-party rule. It violates the entire basis of our constitutional government - meeting the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors." If it's enacted, Republicans should campaign for the November elections not only on repealing Obamacare, but on removing Mr. Obama and his gang of leftist thugs from office.
Got that? Strong words, indeed. Obama/Pelosi/Reid have over-stepped to the tune of impeachment. The dies have been cast; November is not far away. Being a lame-duck president should be the least of his worries at this point.
Regardless of a Yes/No vote, his presidency will never recover. No RESET button can fix the mess he's made for himself and his party.
How the Democrats must be privately cursing Obama right now. Things could have been so different. If he had had more political sense and less personal hubris they could have passed a healthcare bill with bipartisan (read RINO) support that would have served as a nifty foundation for an American NHS. Instead, he has squandered his political capital and imperiled his party's majority. How can they not be blaming him for the gathering tsunami of 2010?
...Obama has already totaled his presidency and his majority, regardless of what happens with healthcare reform. Thanks to him, there is no "good" way for House Democrats to vote. Either choice leads to heartache, and, though he had ample help from Pelosi, Reid, and friends, Obama is the one to blame. Passing healthcare now will not hit the reset button for the Democrats and transport them back to January 20, 2009, when they were riding the giant wave instead of waiting to be swept away by it.
And what's worse, in addition to ruining his own party, Obama has created a backlash, a populace hypersensitized to and willing to fight against government overreaching. We're taking part in a national civics lesson -- call it No Citizen Left Behind.
I like that - No Citizen Left Behind.
It's not like the populace is asleep at the wheel. HotAir reports, "In just 14 months, he has made himself more unpopular than his predecessor, at least by the measure of strong disapproval." See for yourself; here are the Rasmussen numbers. He only has himself to blame.
Demon Pass. Fitting, isn't it, that the House/Presidential chicanery reeks of Ol' Smokey...
It's all about control. Control of people, their behaviors, their health, their very life's breath. Doesn't that sound familiar? I'm sure it does to my parents generation, who gave of their blood, toil and treasure to protect America from totalitarianism.
In closing, Smitty offers a palate cleanser.
God Bless America.
Cross-posted at Obi's Sister