One of the many alerts that went out today from Gun Owners of America:

This is Crunch Time on ObamaCare

— Urge Senator Evan Bayh to tell Harry Reid “I’m not your puppet!”

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

This week will be as important as any week in our lifetime in determining whether the anti-gun health care bill moves forward.

As a result of the mandates in the Senate bill, all of your gun-related health data can be dumped into a government database that was created in section 13001 of the stimulus bill. This includes any firearms-related information your doctor has gleaned . . . or any determination of PTSD, or something similar, that can preclude you from owning firearms.

The vote this week will be on shutting down a Republican filibuster of the bill. And the key votes will be five Democrats: Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and your very own Evan Bayh of Indiana.

The Senate and the House have a great tradition of conservative Democrats: Democratic Senators Jim Allen of Alabama, Harry Byrd, Jr., of Virginia, and (former Democratic) Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia were, in their day, as pro-gun and fiscally responsible as any Republican.

The question is whether any conservative or even “moderate” Democrats survive, or whether we are left with a bunch of cowards who will do whatever their leftist leadership demands of them.

In the House, every evidence is that the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” were nothing but a stable of Pelosi puppets. The Blue Dogs whined and complained about the deficit spending created by the bill, but when push came to shove, Pelosi was able to get just enough of the supposedly moderate Democrats to do her bidding and support her bill.

Is this the case in the Senate as well?

1) The “moderate” Democrats in the Senate have demanded seventy-two hours to examine any legislative language — and a CBO assessment based on final legislative language. They will not get this before this week’s vote. The question is whether they were serious.

2) The “moderate” Democrats in the Senate have demanded a bill which does not send the deficit spiraling into the stratosphere. The Reid bill will add over a hundred billion dollars to the deficit, when you consider the $210-247 Medicare “fix” Reid is trying to sneak through on separate legislation. It will add over A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS TO THE DEFICIT IF YOU DISCOUNT THE PHONY MEDICARE “CUTS.” Was the promise worth the paper it was written on?

3) The “moderate” Democrats have promised a bill which will not tax the middle class. But the Reid bill will impose enormous costs and taxes -– not only on the middle class, but on the sick and elderly.

This is a week in which a handful of senators will make history. Will they be heroes and champions? Or liars and cowards? We will see.

They are being told that this is their chance to “make history.” But history seldom rewards those who break their word because they are frightened of their masters.

ACTION: Write Senator Evan Bayh. Tell him to vote against “cloture” on the “motion to proceed” to the Senate ObamaCare bill.

You can contact Senator Bayh by going to his webform at:

http://bayh.senate.gov/contact/email

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator Bayh:

This week will be as important as any week in our lifetime in determining whether the anti-gun health care bill moves forward.

As a result of the mandates in the Senate bill, all my gun-related health data can be dumped into a government database that was created in section 13001 of the stimulus bill. This includes any firearms-related information your doctor has gleaned . . . or any determination of PTSD, or something similar, that can preclude you from owning firearms.

The vote this week will be on shutting down a Republican filibuster of the motion to bring the bill up –- “cloture” on the “motion to proceed.”

The Senate and the House have a great tradition of conservative Democrats. The question is whether any conservative or even “moderate” Democrats will remain independent, or whether they will just do whatever their leftist leadership demands of them.

In the House, every evidence is that the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” were nothing but a stable of Pelosi puppets. And the only question was which ones Pelosi would choose to dance at the end of their strings, and which would be allowed to lie crumpled up in the corner.

Is this the case in the Senate as well?

1) You have demanded seventy-two hours to examine any legislative language — and a CBO assessment based on final legislative language. You will not get this before this week’s vote. The question is whether you were serious.

2) You have demanded a bill which does not send the deficit spiraling into the stratosphere. The Reid bill will add over a hundred billion dollars to the deficit, when you consider the $210-247 Medicare “fix” Reid is trying to sneak through on separate Legislation (S. 1776).

It will add over A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS TO THE DEFICIT IF YOU DISCOUNT THE PHONY MEDICARE “CUTS.” Was your promise worth the paper it was written on?

3) You have promised a bill which will not tax the middle class. But the Reid bill will impose enormous costs and taxes -– not only on the middle class, but on the sick and elderly. Did you mean what you said?

This is a week in which you will make history. Will you be a hero and a champion? Or a Reid puppet? I have faith that you will live up to your calling.

You are being told that this is your chance to “make history.” But history seldom rewards cowards who break their word because they are frightened by their “masters.”

Please, show me and the people who elected you that you are the hero we elected you to be. Vote against “cloture” on the anti-gun health care bill.