Jonathan Gruber has provided a great public service by reminding us what, for President Obama and the Left, Obamacare was REALLY all about. Hint: it wasn't about health care or health insurance or "reform." Not even close.
Today we honor and thank every American who has ever put on the uniform of this great nation. We express our deepest gratitude for your selfless service, your incredible sacrifice and your profound love of this country. We only exist today, free and strong, because you answered your country's call.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." ---John Stuart Mill
Before she was elected British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher grew increasingly appalled by the suffocating statism inflicted upon the United Kingdom by the socialists and progressives. High unemployment, recession, industrial collapse, growing entitlements and debt, higher taxes, and a dispirited people: these were not qualities of the once-great British people. She set out to restore the natural free-market economic dynamism that had been nearly killed off by an oppressive state.
In 1977, she said, "I face the future with optimism. Our ills are creating their own antibodies. Just as success generates problems, so failure breeds the will to fight back and the body politic strives to restore itself."
As usual, she was right: she was elected two years later in a thundering rebuke to statism and a powerful endorsement of limited government and free market capitalism.
Her comments told true for the United States today. Obama's statist failures have bred the will to fight back and restore the principles that made and kept us great.
This is it. This is the day for which we've been waiting. Six years ago, we watched as the most radical, progressive elements of the Far Left took the White House and expanded their majorities in the Congress. The 2008 election brought on dark days for the conservative movement and the Republican party. And the winners that day didn't let us forget it. Newly minted President Barack Obama bluntly told Republicans on January 23, 2009, "I won." In other words: "In your FACE!"
Let's recall what he did with his victory, his Congressional majorities, and his "in your face, GOP" attitude. With the Democrats' victory, they pursued what Obama had called the “fundamental transformation of the nation,” moving America away from a nation built on individual freedom, economic liberty, and strong national defense to one dominated by economic malaise, radical wealth redistribution, gross incompetence, and breathtaking corruption at home and dangerous impotence abroad.
But of course, that was the point. Take America down a notch or two.
All of this has created the perfect political storm that's been gathering for a long time. Today, the storm clouds finally open.
Obama technically may not be on the ballot today, but symbolically, he's right at the top of it. He's admitted as much. Most of his wingmen in the Congress are up for re-election today. They made this horror show possible. They need to go. All of them.
As of today, they still work for you. You're still paying their salaries and for their staffs and perks. If the long litany of abuses I listed above isn't enough to get you to the polls today, the fact that you're paying for them to disrespect you, live large, and destroy the country ought to get you there.
We are now just hours away from the next chapter of the counter-revolution that began in 2010. The Democrats thought they had their own revolution going: a revolution of big government, big spending, big taxes to pay for the big spending, big deficits and debt as a result of the big spending, big entitlements, and big regulation. And they went crazy with it all.
But what they didn't bank on was the counter-revolution.
The counter-revolution has taken many forms. It's expressed in the Tea Parties, the defeat of long-time establishment politicians, the competitiveness of Republicans in places where they shouldn't be competitive, the mass exodus of Independents away from the Democrats and to the GOP, and the big majorities of Americans who oppose the European-style socialist policies of Obamacare, "stimulus," bailouts, and a weakened military to pay for it.
The counter-revolution is yelling at the top of its lungs at the current Far-Left regime: "Stop! Enough!"
This is the counter-revolution that gave voice, expression, and political mobilization to the New Conservative Ascendency. It is the counter-revolution that is demanding fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government, and free markets. It is the counter-revolution that now has Republicans leading Democrats in the message, money, momentum, and enthusiasm. It is the counter-revolution that is demanding responsiveness and respect from our leadership. It is the counter-revolution that's going to turn the Democrats' original revolution on its head.
We are on the eve of the next chapter of the counter-revolution. Tomorrow, the Great Silent Majority speaks. Tomorrow, we begin anew. Tomorrow, we paint it red.