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Repeal is not a strategy; it’s pure fantasy

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

If this thing passes, America as we know it is toast. Mark Steyn nails it again:

Republicans are good at keeping the seat warm. A bigtime GOP consultant was on TV, crowing that Republicans wanted the Dems to pass Obamacare because it’s so unpopular it will guarantee a GOP sweep in November.

OK, then what? You’ll roll it back – like you’ve rolled back all those other unsustainable entitlements premised on cobwebbed actuarial tables from 80 years ago? Like you’ve undone the federal Department of Education and of Energy and all the other nickel’n’dime novelties of even a universally reviled one-term loser like Jimmy Carter? Andrew McCarthy concluded a shrewd analysis of the political realities thus:

“Health care is a loser for the Left only if the Right has the steel to undo it. The Left is banking on an absence of steel. Why is that a bad bet?”

Indeed. Look at it from the Dems’ point of view. You pass Obamacare. You lose the 2010 election, which gives the GOP co-ownership of an awkward couple of years. And you come back in 2012 to find your health care apparatus is still in place, a fetid behemoth of toxic pustules oozing all over the basement, and, simply through the natural processes of government, already bigger and more expensive and more bureaucratic than it was when you passed it two years earlier. That’s a huge prize, and well worth a midterm timeout.

Reagan, in his 1964 “A Time for Choosing” speech, told a story about Cuban refugees and Reagan’s friends response to them: “Boy, aren’t we lucky?” meaning, to live in this great land. One of the Cubans responded, “You, lucky? We at least had somewhere to escape to.” Reagan said that single line encapsulated the American idea and the American reality — that it’s the last great hope, the last great bastion of freedom, and if it falls, we here in America would have nowhere to escape to.

I’m starting to think more and more that America has already fallen. Those commentators who wonder today if we’re about to fall are wondering too late. And Reagan was right: there really isn’t anywhere to go to escape totalitarianism — whether the soft kind that rules in Washington and fines or jails you if you decide you don’t want to fund other people’s poor life choices, or the hard kind, like in Iran or North Korea, that murders you for even daring to think there might be another way.