Dear Readers: Today, tears are in my eyes as I write — so I hope you forgive me if the thoughts are not as coherent as I strive to achieve. However, despite the pleas of the American people, their phone calls, and their protests, the Democratic leadership has managed to bribe, threaten, and essentially cheat their way to passage of the toxic Obamacare bill. I watched the vote on Fox News Channel last night, weeping as the count crossed 216.
My team at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition had steeled ourselves for such an outcome. However, experiencing the thing is not the same. I am still tired, and inclined to mourn today. But, we do have plans, as outlined by the brilliant co-founder, Sarah Bond, on Fox this weekend:
Sarah also adds this note for the day:
Many are asking where do we go from here, well for us in California we ask our Attorney General to file a lawsuit and follow 10 other State’s Attorney Generals’ in suing over the Constitutionality of the mandates. Our Attorney General Jerry Brown is also running for Governor so this helps two fold. If he doesn’t seek to file on behalf of the state which is bankrupt now and can’t afford these mandates we will be able to show this as he makes his run for Governor.
Brown was elected to protect the state of California.
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341
There are 39 states who are poised to legally fight to keep many of the aspects of the Health Care Bill from their doors. We must also contact Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and ask him to support California state sovereignty and not accept this Health Care Bill’s mandates.
CONTACT THE GOVERNOR
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )
For the rest of this post, I am going to link to materials that give me cause for hope. After a good night’s sleep, I hope to be back to my usual “Spitfire” status tomorrow.
SILVER LININGS by Powerline
Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason — by Zombie of Pajamas Media (MUT Money Quote: Because millions of Americans are secretly thinking the exact same thing as Dr. Sunderhaus and I: Why should we be forced to pay for the costs of other people’s irresponsibility?)
The Future After Health Care — Megan McArdle of the Atlantic (MUT Money Quote — If the GOP takes the legislative innovations of the Democrats and decides to use them, please don’t complain that it’s not fair. Someone could get seriously hurt, laughing that hard. But I hope they don’t. What I hope is that the Democrats take a beating at the ballot boxand rethink their contempt for those mouth-breathing illiterates in the electorate.)
Fire Pelosi: What We Won Tonight — from Riehl World. (MUT’s Money Quote: You may have to wait for the GOP’s new Fire Pelosi site to open. It’s that jammed and donations are pouring in.) He ends with a quote that was a title of a previous post I prepared: ….this is not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning.
Things we were told we couldn’t do — By Moe Lane.
In case you wish to start the push-back early, I would like to introduce you to Team Hillbuzz. This patriotic band-of-brothers is a group of independent Democrats (very fond of Hillary Clinton) and based out of Chicago. Subsequently, they know best how to counter the Chicago-style tactics the rest of us Americans now chaff under! They have an innovative program to target the donors, including those of MI-1st Bart Stupak, who toyed with his vote and sold it cheap.
By the way, here are the other dirty dozen. Call them up. I have links to their contact information, thanks to opencongress.org:
* Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D, TX-27]
* Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
* Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]
* Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1]
* Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]
* Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]
* Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper [D, PA-3]
* Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]
* Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8]
* Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3]
* Rep. Charles Wilson [D, OH-6]
The Anchoress offers a series of inspirational quotes from Eric Hoffer, American social writer and philosopher.
Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
Finally, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion gives a great PEP TALK, which I totally needed.
One of the most chilling things I heard related to this putrid process was on Rush Limbaugh this morning, when a caller stated that a “Yes” voting Democratic congressman said we would forget by November — that we would not be as energized.
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” — Winston Churchill
Some thoughts from by the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers:
W.C. Varones: On the plus side, most of it doesn’t go into effect for years, so future Congresses and Presidents have plenty of time to undo it. And as bad as it is with no cost controls, driving up taxes, deficits, and premiums, I think the political will will be there to undo significant parts.
Beers with Demo: You see, though Obamacare is not a single-payer system, the template for complete government control of healthcare has been set and the battles in the future will not be for a repeal of Obamacare (given electoral realities, we just don’t see a full repeal being a possibility) but rather against the incrementalism towards a full-blown, British-style NIH system.
The Liberator Today: It seems appropriate that we should expropriate some of the tactics of our foes to wage a war to restore constitutional government. So here are some suggestions to get us started.