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Sobering thoughts on Republicans and healthcare reform

Elections have consequences, and the consequences have left Republicans with little to fight with:

The only arrow left in the GOP’s quiver is to make sure the public knows precisely how obnoxious, illegal, and underhanded the Democrats’ behavior is. The media simply will not make this an issue unless Republicans drag them to it kicking and screaming, so start dragging.

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been happy or satisfied with the Republican party over the past twelve months or so.  Wavering Republicans who voted for bailouts and spending during the Bush era are still around.  The only difference is that they’ve essentially kept quiet during the healthcare debate and allowed the Democrats to make asses of themselves. 

But I’m not going to fool myself into thinking that most of them have found conservative religion.  There’s a reason why the Tea Party was born.  There’s a reason Scott Brown is a Senator from Massachussets.  There’s a reason why Chris Christie is the governor of my state, the Garden State.  People are fed up with statism that only demands more and more of their families’ resources.

For all of this, whatever the final outcome of this healthcare debate, and being so close to disaster, the Republicans really need to sit down and look at themselves in the mirror and figure out what they’re about. 

Nice Deb says the fight over healthcare reform has become a spiritual one, and I concur.   The debate has never and should never have been only about who wins elections in a midterm election.  I’ve said it over and over and over again–this is about what’s right and what’s wrong.  Encroaching statism vs individualism.  The lines between conservatism and liberalism can never be more clear.  This is a philosophical and political battle and conservatives need to fight tooth and nail.


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