American medicine is the best because it is private and it must stay that way.
~ Ronald Reagan
The shameless tactics of Chicago thug politics were demonstrated on March 21 where President Obama and the Democrats used every Machiavellian tactic to pass his government-controlled health-care bill by a vote of 219 to 212. The real intent of Democrats was articulated by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., who was impeached and removed from the bench as a federal judge before being elected to the House. Before the bill was signed, Hastings said, There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. … When the deal goes down, all this talk about rules … we make ‘em up as we go along.
Rep. Hastings’ sentiments are the deserved legacy the GOP has bequeathed to America, a legacy whose latest manifestation is Obama’s $940 billion socialist health-care bill. That’s why I will not join the chorus of Republicans, conservative commentators and radio talk-show hosts in blaming this all on President Obama and the Democrats. That’s too easy and fails to get to the heart of the matter.
How did America devolve into making entitlements a constitutional right protected by the Supreme Court? It didn’t suddenly happen on March 23, 2010, when Obama signed the health-care bill into law. Obama was unwittingly closer to the actual date that America began her tragic love affair with socialism when he said at a rally last week at George Mason University: “We have waited long enough, and in just a few days a century-long struggle will culminate in a historic vote.”
What he meant by that phrase (“century-long struggle”) is that socialist health care for all was envisioned as early as Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09), a Republican who left the GOP in 1912 and ran under the Bull Moose-Progressive Party, where he got 27 percent of the vote and opened the door for America’s first fascist president, Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) to get elected.
Here’s a brief synopsis of how the GOP (and America) lost her way from Reagan conservatism.
In 1980, for crass political expediency, Reagan (1981-89) chooses his arch political opponent as his VP – George H.W. Bush, a liberal Republican who would become the next man in line to become president after Reagan left office. Bush 41 was from a well-connected, politically prominent Connecticut family who made millions in oil. His father, Prescott Bush, was a noted senator and confidant to President Eisenhower, a northeastern, liberal-Rockefeller Republican who voted to denounce Sen. Joe McCarthy in the 1950s.
After Bush 41 came Bill Clinton (1993-2001), an unremarkable FDR/LBJ big-government liberal who falsely ran as a moderate and tried to govern as a socialist. Remember Bill and Hillary’s disgraceful attempt at socialized medicine in 1994? Clinton’s socialist tendencies were held in check by Speaker Newt Gingrich, his brilliant “Contract for America” and GOP majorities in both houses of Congress.
In a previous article, “Obama: A sudden catastrophe,” I cited the 20-year political history since the Reagan Revolution that drove this once-great country into the pitiless arms of Marxism:
When Bush 43 speechwriter Matt Latimer got the assignment to write Bush’s speech for a CPAC conference, Bush was decidedly unenthusiastic.
“What is this movement you keep talking about in the speech?” the president asked Latimer.
Latimer explained that he meant the conservative movement – the movement that gave rise to groups like CPAC.
“Let me tell you something,” the president said. “I whupped Gary Bauer’s a– in 2000. So take out all this movement stuff. There is no [conservative] movement.”
How did we get Obama? We got this catastrophe because the GOP nominated an empty suit who denigrated the 20-year Reagan Revolution, that’s why. We have sown the wind of political hacks unworthy of the presidency for 20 years since Reagan left office, electing Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama – and now America is tragically reaping the whirlwind with economic, cultural and societal collapse as the world mocks us at every opportunity.
Bush 43, like his father before him, did not believe in the “conservative movement” – both men did everything they could to abort the Reagan Revolution. Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, Bush 41, Bush 43, John McCain – it seems like the GOP has a penchant for running candidates that are without rhetorical skills or able to hold a solid grasp of fundamental conservative ideas, including constitutionalism, low taxes, smaller government and free-market capitalism.
When Obama signed that socialist health-care bill March 23, the U.S. effectively became a socialist country and provided hundreds of millions of Americans the ability to steal money from a shrinking number of wealthier Americas to fulfill their medical needs. But John Adams once said: “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
Indeed, we are living in tyrannical times, and that’s why I blame Bush 43 for faking like he was a Ronald Reagan conservative in 2001, all but ignoring conservatives for his first nine months in office, until 9/11, bankrupting America during his two terms as president, two ill-advised wars, demoralizing the voters with a $7 trillion prescription-drug bill, a Kennedy education bill (“No Child Left Behind”), TARP and bailing out corrupt Wall Street investment banks.
These socialist policies allowed the Marxist Barack Obama to ascend to power; a man who utterly hates America to the core and is hell-bent on seeing this country pay for all her sins by systematically deconstructing America from a republic and transforming her into a servile, socialist state.
I call universal health care “Stalincare” because every country that has socialized medicine ultimately devolves into reduced medical services, long lines, rationing, and European-level taxation and death panels. America, we always get bad policy like this when we elect incompetent leadership that despises America, liberty and the Constitution.