What the American People Want

The last time this happened was no less than 775 days ago.

Do you remember?

It was on June 28, 1919 that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, effectively ending World War I.

June 28, 2000 was the day in which Elian Gonzalez was returned to Cuba after being here in the states for seven months.

Even though June 28, 2007 marked the 10 year anniversary in which Mike Tyson dined on the ear of Evander Holyfield in the third round, the day itself marks a different milestone which one should consider.

Consider the landscape two years ago in the spring when Congress and the White House cooked up a piece of legislation which would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants who were living in the country as of the designated date of January 1, 2008.  It was meant to be a quickie law designed to be passed under our noses.  The problem was that the American public got wind of what the government was trying to do and made a massive outcry against it.  Both sides of the argument had its share of lively discussions and spirited debates.  There were protests for and against.  There were plenty of mischaracterizations made by one side about the other and vice versa.

In the end, those who were against the bill got their way on June 28, 2007 when the bill died in the Senate without even coming to a vote.  A big reason behind the defeat of the immigration measure had to do with the electorate putting forward the effort to read up and learn about what was going on under the banner of a representative government.  John McCain would say later on that he wouldn’t consider pushing a similar bill again, as it was something the American people didn’t want.  That was a big thing of him to say since he was one of its authors.

Here we are 25 months later and we’re singing a different verse of the same old song.  This time, the melodic tune is looking for something which rhymes with “Obamacare”.  The call to arms this time is that the President and members of Congress have presumably been elected under the platitudes of change to overhaul this nation’s healthcare system.

The real funny thing about the nationalization of our healthcare is the method in which the Bamster and the gang is trying to sell the plan to the American people.  The process of doing so is three fold:

  1. The President has told us over and over and over again that his “plan” preserves our choice.  If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times.  “If you like your coverage and want to keep it, you can.”  Yeah, right.  To date, the White House has yet to describe on paper it’s intentions for a national healthcare plan.  After seeing the video from 2003 about a single-payer system, I would bet that writing it down in a bill at this point would be the last thing they want to do.  It preserves plausible deniability.
  2. As I understand it, there are several pieces of legislation regarding universal healthcare floating around the Senate which possess the quality of driftwood.  To date, somewhere between very little and zip/nada has been made available to the public for review.
  3. Over in the House, the Pelosi gang is working on a 1000 page and then some monster which is nothing but a doozy of a read.  If you don’t want to go read the bill itself, you can read any number of blogs out there where freedom after freedom is assaulted by the governments blatant attempts to take the decision making process out of our hands where healthcare is concerned.  For what it’s worth, it contradicts what the Bamster is proposing too.  It’s pretty obvious he either doesn’t know what’s in it, or he’s fibbing on the order of a cursory trip to the woodshed after cutting a sufficient sized switch.

Yet, the plot thickens in the healthcare debate.  Both sides of the argument have had their share of lively discussions and spirited debates.  There have been protests for and against.  There have been plenty of mischaracterizations made by one side about the other and vice versa.

At this point, one can only guess about what will happen to the healthcare legislation in its current form.  I honestly believe that the American people do not want this, much like they didn’t want the immigration reform in 2007 or Hillarycare in 1994.

Here’s hoping the past will repeat itself.

Randy Tharp

TharpSter is a husband to one woman, a father to two kids, a master to two dogs, an occasional cubical occupant, and unable to make up his mind on an adequate theme for this website.

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