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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