“A Boehner blunder?” John Hinderaker asked yesterday at Powerline Blog; then answered his question, “I’m afraid so. Yesterday the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the next few months, with multiple riders: a one-year delay in Obamacare, repeal of the medical device tax, protection of servicemen’s salaries, and postponement of Obamacare’s requirement that employers pay for their employees’ birth control. The House package violates the most basic principle of negotiation: you should bargain for something that 1) you want, and 2) there is a chance you might get.
John Hinderaker is one of the most brilliant tort lawyers in America. He knows when a client is sued, there is an opportunity to countersue and enter into a carefully managed “negotiation.” But President Obama and Senate Democrats are not in litigation. This is war.
“Just accept what we’ve done”
Speaking for President Obama as well as himself, Senate Majority Leader Reid warned Republicans that the only way to avoid a shutdown was to approve the Senate bill. “This is it. Time is gone. Our rules are different than the House. We’ve made it very clear that the only way to solve this problem is just accept what we’ve done, just accept it,” he said Friday.
Those are the words of a conqueror, the words of a tyrant. Make no mistake tyranny is the precisely correct word for the play the Obama government is making. Obamacare is not about medical care. It is about the final money and power grab by a leftist movement that reaches back more than a century. They negotiated at every turn for 100 years to gain a mile here or a few inches there. January 1, 2013 they put that tactic away as President Obama declared he would not negotiate with Republicans. It is a commitment he and Senate Democrats have flawlessly kept. They do not even speak with House Republicans.
You do not negotiate with tyrants, John. You go to war. This is the time and this is the place. This is crossing the Delaware Christmas night 1776. This is the battle of “Little Round Top” July 2, 1863. This is the battle of Bastogne December 22, 1944. This is the future of Liberty in America and hope for the world. We will not surrender. We will not tire we will not falter and we will not fail to successfully defend freedom. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5b)