Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

01/20/2010 (9:27 am)

I Think We've Finally Gotten Through (Updated Twice)

The public has been railing at the Democrats for a year that the secrecy, the closed doors locking out Republicans, the bills passed without reading, the spending spree, cannot be tolerated. They’ve flat-out ignored the public up ’till now, attempting to ram the health care reform bill down our throats despite tanking poll numbers and clear public dissatisfaction with both the process and the result.

I think Coakley’s defeat has finally gotten the message across.

Senator Jim Webb (D, VA,) who obtained his seat in 2006 after the press “macaca’d” George Allen, congratulated Scott Brown 15 minutes after Coakley conceded the election, and then added this:

In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.

Then John Cooper, one of my readers, produced this little nugget from an AP story on Yahoo describing the reeling of Democrats in the wake of Coakley’s demise:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to seat Brown immediately, a hasty retreat from pre-election Democratic threats to delay his inauguration until after the health bill passed.

All I can say is, “Wow.” I really expected Reid to fight this. They’re apparently seeing the writing on the wall very clearly.

We must resist the impulse to relax. The Democrats have shown their true stripes; they will force whatever they can on us at the first opportunity, and their goal is the end of democratic process. We must continue to hammer the imperative home: no more corruption, no more secrecy, no more socialism. The goal is not just to stop the massive and tyrannical takeover of health care, but to roll back every bit of the nationalizing of American industry, to roll back every unconstitutional measure that’s been foisted on us since the Great Depression and earlier, and to rid the political system of domestic enemies. Democrats have proved beyond doubt that they are that. This is only the first victory in a long war.

UPDATE @10:05AM: Rep Barney Frank (D, MA) adds his voice to the surrender. This is big; it means that not only is the Senate going to back off from jamming health reform down our throats, the House is going to go along. Moe Lane over at Red State points out that Frank’s district is the only one in Eastern Mass that Coakley carried (he reinforces with an electoral map on his own blog), which makes him just about the only safe US representative in eastern Massachusetts.

This is a major and unexpected victory.

UPDATE @ 2:51 PM: Call me paranoid, but allow me to warn that we maintain our vigilance. I do not put it past the Democrats to announce surrender in public, then engage in maneuvers to pass a version of the health care reform bill in the dark of night while nobody is watching. Actually, don’t call me paranoid: my suspicion is the natural result of having been lied to so many times by Democratic thugs and criminals over the past 30 years.

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January 20, 2010 @ 11:22 am #

I think it was a bit more than a week ago that the courts ruled the interim senator from Mass. was no longer able to vote in the senate after the special election, regardless of who won or even if it was in contention. The obvious result of that ruling was to take away any advantage of delaying his seating.

I have to wonder whether the dems would be so willing to seat Brown immediately if that ruling had not been given prior to the election.

January 20, 2010 @ 11:45 am #

Well…we can always hope. I’m inclined to agree with you that they’ll not change their goal, but will look for another method.

On the other hand, their party symbol _is_ the donkey. When dealing with mules – or donkeys – first rule is to hit them over the head with a 2×4 to get their attention.

Maybe this election will prove to be a political 2×4.

January 20, 2010 @ 11:50 am #

You know…I think the issue to look for over the next couple of weeks is how they address the “why” of the loss. If they rightly pin it to the actions of the Congress, there’s hope. Apparently some are doing that. If they run with the idea that Coakly was a poor candidate who ran a poor campaign – or even that the DNC was at fault for inadequate support because they thought the election was a sure thing – then it won’t change their intent for the health care bill…just their method.

January 20, 2010 @ 1:08 pm #

You might find this article worth reading. I’ve been reading the blog for about 6 months, trying to make sense of the economic situation (haven’t as yet – not really) and am inclined to consider him a Dem at heart. Definitely anti-middle east war, in any case.


January 20, 2010 @ 1:40 pm #

“I Think We’ve finally Gotten Through”. Sorry Phil but I don’t think they are going to change one bit.

No matter what the Demarcates decided to do after this election, just remember that it will be a tactical decision, not a principled one. Their goals remain absolutely the same. They want a soloist/communist government and they want to be in power, and for this goal the end will always justify any means.

January 20, 2010 @ 4:31 pm #

Phil wrote:

I do not put it past the Democrats to announce surrender in public, then engage in maneuvers to pass a version of the health care reform bill in the dark of night while nobody is watching.

My thoughts exactly. These are true believers (in socialism) that we’re dealing with here.

January 20, 2010 @ 5:43 pm #

It may turn out to be an opportune time to find out who’s who…who’s willing to fall on their sword for the cause, and who wants to get re-elected more than further the cause…

January 21, 2010 @ 9:25 am #

Very neatly summed up, Phil. To them, their ends justify any means, no matter how reprehensible.

I’m wondering two things:

(1) Will Barack “double down” and press forward a la Alinsky? There is good reason to think he may.

(2) Will this encourage a moderating trend toward a little less radical Democrat party, if only to slow things up till they can prepare the next Tsunami? The left loons will always be the driving base, but will we start to see a trend of Dem party leaders more in say, the Jim Webb, Arlen Specter vein than the likes of the true radicals and “machine” politicos like Kerry, Obama, Reid, Pelosi et al.?

January 21, 2010 @ 4:18 pm #


I think you’re going to see several key players in the Democratic party start to talk like more moderate leaders. However, I would advise you not to believe them. What we’ve seen very, very clearly over the past year is that there really is no such thing as a moderate Democrat; they’re all on board for the socialism/fascism switch, when given enough power. The sound of moderation is nothing but a siren song.

January 21, 2010 @ 5:01 pm #


Agreed. We heard some of that siren song from Obama before the November elections and have clearly seen how that worked out. After his victory I was hopeful that once elected he would recognize the wisdom of some moderation in his governance as opposed to going full bore left wing revolutionary on us. Now we know for sure where his and their “hearts and minds” are.

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