Mark Steyn Reminds Us of the Stakes
If winning seats in November is the end game, I have an awesome strategy for the GOP. Let the Dems pass cap and tax. After that, let them pass amnesty. If we have time, let them pass card check. By then, the electorate will be really irate. We’ll win lots of seats.
Forget any consolation prizes regarding November. The end game isn’t beating Democrats, it is saving our Republic. And I fear some conservatives suffer myopia. There is one more week in this critical fight. Still, some seem focused on reaping the benefits of ObamaCare in the November elections. Others seem focused on strategies such as repeal or litigation. The vote is this week, and that energy is misplaced.
Besides, in the long run, as Mark Steyn notes, elections may not matter much. This is what Steyn understands better than most, the difference between the long war and the short war. He has been warning conservatives that there may be no redemption if Obama’s transformational agenda takes root. Contrary to conventional conservative opinion, the Democrat pursuit of ObamaCare is not suicidal. It is only suicidal if one cannot look past next November, and it is that short-sightedness that helped destroy the conservative movement in the Twentieth Century.
I doubt many in Congress truly understood the long term ramifications of the Social Security Act of 1935 like the socialist and communist weasels embedded in the Roosevelt Administration. That Act changed more than the role of government and the economy; it changed the American psyche. This will too.
Yeah, conservatives will do well in November. But Conservatives should not fool themselves. Repeal is highly unlikely. If it were, the GOP should make repealing Medicare and Social Security part of its platform. Thoughts of repeal may appease a conservative’s conscience. It may help stoke enthusiasm in some elections. But it is not going to happen.
I’m not going to list the myriad of reasons why repeal will not likely happen, but I will note that conservatives are long way from having a conservative in the White House and having conservative super majorities in the Senate and the House at the same time. By the time that happens, if it ever does, uprooting this bill will be harder than uprooting Medicare and Social Security combined.
Furthermore, once ObamaCare passes we will lose some of our most powerful allies, the health care and insurance industries themselves, for once ObamaCare becomes law their very survival will depend upon obedience to the state. If people are worried about 2,700 pages of legislation, wait until they see the implementing regulations. The marriage between the health care industry and the insurance industry with the state will be cemented.
Some of these far flung strategies being bandied about are becoming the opiate of the conservative activist. It is sucking energy from the urgent fight at hand. Don’t look to the future for reassurance; the future is now, this week.
When liberals obtain power, they do what they always do; they institutionalize their power. I’m sure Obama would love to work on initiatives like gay rights and gun control, but he understands that such issues do little to institutionalize liberalism and he can’t afford to waste political capital on them. The backbone of all political machines and statist governments is controlling jobs and the economy, and Obama is putting all of his chips into initiatives that do just that. Losing House and Senate seats is necessary collateral damage. He doesn’t care.
Those short term political losses will eventually be redeemed by the burgeoning dependent classes and shifting demographics. ObamaCare is about changing the relationship between the state and the individual. Steyn brilliantly understands not only the long term economic implications of ObamaCare, but also the long term psychological implications. Conservatives must not fool themselves and find solace in potential electoral landslides and dreams of repeal.
Read it and digest it. The lesson is not defeatist. The lesson is — fight! One more week.