So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause

As I watch the Democrats cheer and applaud this atrocity of a bill supposedly only about health care, I can’t help but think of one of the greatest movie quotes of all time:

Now, obviously not everyone was applauding this terrible bill. Far from it. Thanks to so many who have done a great service to this country, like conservatives in the media and in Congress, the American people were informed about this bill and it’s implications. This entire process was filled with deception and shrouded in darkness from beginning to end. Americans revolted against the the substance and the way it was crafted. Most of us acknowledge that health care in the United States needs some reform – this is anything but. Anyone who thinks Republicans don’t have ideas of their own and didn’t offer them need only look at Mitt Romney’s efforts in Massachusetts and the many ideas and bills presented by Republicans which were all soundly rejected. Mitt Romney wasn’t contacted even once by any of the Democrats in Congress in regards to Mitt’s experiences in reforming healthcare in Massachusetts. In spite of what has transpired, I haven’t felt this hopeful and proud of the Republican Party in years. The GOP is on the verge of finally becoming the party so many of us want them to be.

Top speeches of the day go to Paul Ryan:

Dave Camp:

Mike Pence:

Eric Cantor:

and John Boehner:

Absent of all the backroom deals we will inevitably find out about in the future, the ones we already know about, and the ones we might never know about, this bill would never have been passed. I’ll give Nancy Pelosi this – she is the best arm twister I have ever witnessed. However, that is where my compliments of that disgrace to our country ends. She is reportedly the primary reason Republicans were completely shut out of the process. Some Democrats were willing and actually wanted to work with Republicans on this issue, but Pelosi stood in the way of those efforts.

That, and so many other reasons, is why it’s time to fire Pelosi! She is one of the largest obstacles to bipartisanship and good government in Washington.

To the millions of us who tried to let Congress know how we felt about this bill, we can hold our heads high and know that we didn’t stand idly by as our country took another major step away from what our Founding Fathers envisioned for this great land. Several items related to health care are still to be acted on, but the major hurdle has been crossed. The states may still revolt against this and the Supreme Court may ultimately deem it unconstitutional, but we may also have to wait until 2012 when we have a better president and a conservative Congress to overturn this bill. The fight isn’t over. We still have our right to vote which we will exercise in November. Let us all pledge to each other right now that we will not forget what happened with this bill. Let’s pledge to hold our own representatives accountable and do what we can to educate others on what has transpired!

The United States of America was designed to have and needs an educated and engaged electorate in order to function properly. The American people are the ones who elected all members of Congress. Regardless of which party they are in, every elected official must be held to account for corruption. It’s not too late to bring America back, but conservative change begins with us!

UPDATE:
From Mitt Romney 3/22/2010

A Campaign Begins Today

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

— Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and author of No Apology.

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20 Responses to So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause

  1. Shawn says:

    Washington D.C.: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

  2. Brian says:

    We’re screwed. Expect premiums to skyrocket. Expect doctors to leave their profession. Expect taxes to rise dramatically. Expect services to be cut. Expect long waits to see a doctor. Expect long lines in the emergency room. Expect the IRS to have access to your bank account for purposes of enforcing the mandate. Some of these consequences will happen immediately. To understand what lies ahead, we only have to look as far as the People’s Republic of Massachussets. Howard Dean, just today, said it best…”All we’re doing is extending the Massachsetts plan to the rest of the country.”

    Keep up the good fight.

  3. Brian says:

    @Brian
    Oops. I misquoted Howard Dean. He actually said, “this is essentially Mitt Romney’s bill expanded to the rest of the country.”

    http://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/10837041434

  4. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Howard Dean is laughable and wrong.

  5. johnny ring says:

    This voter is MAD AS HELL!

    http://tinyurl.com/teadoff

  6. John Pearce says:

    As a person from another country (Australia) I am finding it difficult to understand why americans do not except that the elected government has the right to pass bills. Having live in a country with a national health system for decades I can say even with some problems overall we have an excellent health service.

  7. Rebel Ross says:

    @Brian
    The democrats are going to try as hard as they can to turn republicans against Mitt using tactics like this, but WE WON’T LET THEM!

    The differences between Obamacare and Romneycare are massive and easy to find by anyone who cares to look and simply not take Howard Dean’s word for it: http://rightosphere.com/blog.php?user=Thunder&blogentry_id=639

    That is just one of a multitude of articles that shows how ridiculous Howard Dean’s claim is.

  8. Rick says:

    @John Pearce
    No one is arguinig about the rights of elected governments to pass bills. However, an awful lot of people are exercising their right (and obligation) to fight against an atrocious bill that the elected government passes. Until now, the best health care in the world could be purchased in the United States. I think the quality of U.S. health care is in danger of going down, while the total cost of health care will go up, by passing this bill.

  9. goodbyeamerica says:

    @John Pearce
    John Pearce,

    There are a few differences between the USA and Australia. Your country is an island with very strict immigration laws for those who wish to legally immigrate. The island part tends to keep illegal immigration down. The USA is easy to sneak into and very welcoming to illegals and their anchor babies. How large do you think the stampede will be once we place another carrot out to entice more people to illegally come to the USA?

    We Americans place a high velue on Freedom. Freedom from government intrusion into our lives. We are for State’s Rights not an intrusive Federal Government. That way, if the people of California want liberalism with high taxes, big spending govt, freebies for everyone, liberal social mores, they can. But if others want low taxes, small govt, small “entitlements”, and conservative social values, they can, too. Very simple. Once ANY POINT OF VIEW is imposed across the entire nation, then those who disagree lose their freedom.

    Our Constitution does not allow this sort of power grab by the Federal Government no matter how well meaning anyone for it is. These issues should be hashed out on a local and State level.

  10. John Pearce says:

    In a democratic country we get the political leaders we deserve. As I understand it Pres Obama said before his election that he would change the health care system. We had a simular situation in Australia with the introduction of the good and services tax. The govt. of John Howard said if they were re-elected they would introduce a GST, yet the people still chose to vote the govt back into power. Thus we now have the GST. It seams to an outsider that Americans chose their leaders because of their charisma rather then their experience and abilities. Another thing that I find odd is the way the candidate’s religion is held to be a reason to vote or not to vote for that person. In australia we never even know what religion our leaders are until after they have been elected. Perhaps if Mitt Romney runs for president in 2012 the people will look at his abilities rather then his religion.

  11. Cyrus Henry says:

    As someone who has more than enough money to provide for myself and my family (and that includes health care), I have absolutely no problems with assisting others who have not had my good fortune in life. I feel a more appropriate title to this would be “This is how liberty dies.. to the sounds of millions of people gaining health care”.

    I do believe a large amount of this debate could be boiled down to people who don’t mind a some trouble in order to provide help for those who cannot, and the people who can sit in their white towers and look down on others or those who cannot look passed themselves. Many of the silly little side debates people embark on, I feel, are just covers for this fact. I think it is time for each and every American to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. If you really believe in equality, in helping those in need then you can look passed your own minor problems and give millions of people some economic relief (in addition to giving the health care industry a few million new customers).

    To round off my comments I shall leave you with a few pieces of scripture to reflect upon.

    ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

    Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me
    Matthew 25:44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?.’
    Matthew 25:45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

    Acts 4:32

    “And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, 35 and lay them at the apostles feet; and they would be distributed to each, as any had need.”

  12. p.b. says:

    Good job, Obama. Glad I voted for you.

  13. I have no problem with people trying to help those in need. One huge concern may be that we need to even look at it from even a larger perspective to actually solve the matter properly. As I see it, that there needs to be a means that is functional [the word tithe has its origins in the word abundance] and the economy is be ignored by both sides, as I see it.
    If we are really going to solve our problems we need to also note that the foreign labor which we are competing against is not assured a minimum wage or other equitable reward in our free trade agreements. How can we get so concerned about those in our own country and totally ignore the struggling masses in the rest of the world that we effect even by our own struggling economy we’ve generated by our splendid oversight of those same masses. Oh yes, we can all struggle together to try and provide what is asked by our own government, while we have less and less to work with. Yet, is that actually giving what was intended, or deserved, to anyone.

    [Beyond that reality the bill may not be Constitutional, it may also be an anti-trust issue, of a sort.]

    I try to present a solution via a charitable tariff on products made by foreign labor paid little for their efforts on this website. http://your2centshere.com Admittedly, it may not be the easiest thing to do with any degree of precision. Yet, I believe it clearly points matters in a more proper direction for a functional solution to come into existence we all can live with.

  14. Bella and Frank says:

    Congress passed a bill that the Chairman didn’t understand,
    that the members of Congress haven’t read,
    that the President (who smokes) hasn’t read,
    the costs to be overseen by the head of the US Treasury who doesn’t pay his taxes,
    enforced by the IRS, only one of 2 federal agencies with broad and sweeping authority
    and monitored by a US Surgeon General who is obese,
    and funding by a country that’s broke, whose people have little work.

  15. Jedi says:

    Cyrus – thanks for the obligatory perversion of Scripture into the soft sell of marxist humanism. On the surface it sounds great to help your neighbor, to avoid the evils of prospering through your hard work and having the unreasonable expectation that you should be allowed to keep the profits of your labor.

    It is a dangerous thing when the state attempts to replace God. No government panel is merciful or compassionate. They have a process and policy guide to tell them. like the mindless zombies they are. exactly what to do in every situation. Christ was not a marxist, not a socialist nor a liberal. To try to use Scripture to support the unconstitutional actions of this foreign born national, who believes in my tax dollars to pay for murder of both the unborn, the elderly and disabled is unconscionable. Where is the Biblical back-up for Zero’s stance on partial birth abortion? Of pulling them from the womb and putting them in the hospital boiler room to die, alone and in wretched pain? On his using US tax dollars to fund first abortions internationally and now nationally?

    Treatment of the elderly, of the disabled and those over 55 who are no longer of ‘use’ to society – to only be allowed to give them a pain pill per Dr. Zero’s command instead of life saving or life-enabling treatment – who the hell is this scum to think he has the right to do that? Who is little Ms. Field Mouse Pelosi to do that? It is NOT up to government to create a health insurance crisis and use it to subvert the Constitution, our Liberty and then try to get it spun that it is the ‘Christian’ thing to do? The bill and the puppet master are as evil as Hitler – few are not yet able to read the writing on the wall.

    By their actions you shall know them.

    Count the flushed or trash-bin babies and then tell me what a ‘good’ bill this is. Tell me then how full of pseudo-compassion it is when your aging parent has to go for the ‘you should think about dying soon’ discussion. Tell me how great this Ponzi scheme is when someone in your family could have been saved before this illegal law, but now the medication or procedure is not on the lawyer and accountant created list of okey-dokey things to do. Tell me how great it is when our hospitals descend from the semi-sanitary places they are now into the cesspools of fecal matter that is in Cuba.

    God helps those who help themselves. The Zero government kills those who can’t run fast enough.

    The Second American Revolution has started.

    Which side will you be on?

  16. John says:

    @John Pearce

    Government does have the right to pass bills – the bills THE PEOPLE want. We don’t elect officials to be lords over the populace, they’re elected to represent the will of THE PEOPLE, something the democrats in the US have forgotten.

    National health care in Australia is absolutely nothing like the abomination that was just passed in the US.

  17. Homer says:

    Compassion is not forced. When it is it is called compulsion. If you want to help those who do not have health care, feel free. No-one in this country will (should) stop you. But, when you force others to pay for your “compassion” you are no better than any other petty thief.

    Taking money out of a vibrant economy has consequences. These include reduced innovation, reduced wages, reduced employment, and reduced compassionate giving. At what cost are we providing barely sufficient services to the needy? Government is known to be the least efficient provider of charity. The least efficient of anything. Take away personal incentives and we all suffer the consequences.

    Oh, what we could achieve if we were only allowed.

  18. Demonspawn says:

    @John Pearce
    “As a person from another country (Australia) I am finding it difficult to understand why americans do not except that the elected government has the right to pass bills.”

    Our elected federal government does not have the right to pass any bill it wants. Our federal government is bound by the Constitution as to what types of bills it can pass. This health care bill falls outside of the legislative powers granted to our federal government.

    I’ll ignore the “people want vs people don’t want” because that doesn’t matter. They have full right to pass bills people don’t want, that will just lead to their replacement come the next election. But the U.S. Government does not have to right to step outside the powers we have granted them within the contract to accept governance as defined in the U.S. Constitution.

    That’s really the major difference (I would guess not knowing Aus government that well). We’ve told our government what powers they are allowed to have. That’s it. If our government continues to overstep those bounds, we need to replace them.

  19. Chris says:

    First, God Helps those who help themselves is not biblical, secondly, the Acts passage is a description of a Christian commune – not a pluralistic society. A fair reading of Scripture shows that the exhortations of charity are targeted at the individual. Indeed, the entirety of Scripture shows the need for a personal, not collective, relationship with the creator. Christ repeatedly said that His “Kindom is not of this world”, and “Give to Caesar what is his, and to God what is His.” Even Christ didn’t try to use government to accomplish His ministry, so don’t obfuscate the issue by misrepresenting scripture.

    Christ does command us to be good stewards of our resources. Your money would go a lot further if you directly helped those in need around you, or sponsored a physician for the needy in your community. It would go further than having the finances taken out in taxes, and then sending the lion’s share to bureaucrat’s and insurance companies while doing little to actually help the needy.

    Let’s not confuse the fact that this is about control, not health care. I recently had a conversation with the wife of a prominent Democrat Governor, and she said, “the problem that I have found with our approach to policy issues like this is that you cannot pay people to care. ” But rather than taking measures to really put the power of healthcare back in the hands of the people and to make it more transparent, the democrats had the government seize control of it – proving that they don’t really believe that the American people are good or caring or capable of doing the right thing on their own. This was not a referendum or route of the healthcare industry by the people, it was a dissertation on the democrat’s view of the character of the American people.
    @p.b.