From perusing the blogosphere over the last hour or so, there seems to be two trains of thought from conservative opinion right now: the “dig deeper and fight harder” crowd and the “America RIP” crowd.
As a general pessimist, I fall into the latter category. Barring some last minute miracle in the Senate, I really don’t see how this monstrosity doesn’t get through.
Mark Steyn, who’s been dead-on accurate in his assessment on the healthcare debate and it’s implications on our country and culture, opines:
It’s a huge transformative event in Americans’ view of themselves and of the role of government. You can say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that mattered, the Dems wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people. […]
[I]t’s also unaffordable. That’s why one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the US is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying.
But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it’s less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we’ll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home.
And, as the superpower retrenches, America’s enemies will be quick to scent opportunity.
Expansion of government is historically a one-way ratchet. We’re still stuck with the New Deal, and we will never be rid of the impossible burdens it has placed on our government in the form of entitlements we can’t afford. We’re still stuck with the “Great Society” — the fabled “welfare reform” of the Clinton era being nothing but a tiny Band-aid on a gushing, cavernous chest wound — and we’ll never be rid of the culture of listlessness and criminality it spawned.
In truth, the American experiment began to end during the New Deal era, when the Supreme Court ruled that people couldn’t grow their own crops on their own land for their own purposes if Congress said they couldn’t. This is just the logical end-point.
By the way, I’m a glutton for punishment so I’ve been watching the proceedings on C-Span. And I just have to say one thing: I have no misconceptions about these Congressional left-wing Democrats being sanctimonious hypocritical blowhards, but if I hear one more Democrat compare healthcare coverage to civil rights, I will throw my laptop into the TV screen…