As I sit here watching CSPAN and the House’s inevitable approval of this pathetic “Health Care Reform” bill – I am reminded of the true culprit in all of this.
The folks who allowed this nation to move towards nationalized health care are the GOP themselves. After gaining power in 1994, they quickly abandoned their conservative principles and became just as bad as the Democrats whom they replaced. They began to spend like drunken sailors. They became embroiled in scandal. They reached their greedy hands into the coffers and became high on their own power.
Now – with a dangerous, socialist neophyte in control of the executive branch – the Republicans are powerless to stop this tragic piece of legislation. They lost control of Congress because of their pride and reckless pursuit of power. They had the opportunity to change this nation in a positive way. They failed to fulfill their Contract With America.
As I watch Republican-after-Republican take to the House floor decrying this abomination of a bill – I am suddenly very bitter. I am angry that Republicans in Congress abused the trust that we placed in them. I am angry beyond belief that the GOP abandoned the legacy of Reagan and Gingrich. And now they are reduced to this – helpless in front of a socialist steamroller.
Democrats don’t care if they lose their Congressional majority in 2010. This bill is an entitlement like Medicare or Social Security. They will create a class of dependents for generations who will become Democrat voters in the future. The Democrats have gambled on short-term losses in favor of long-term gains.
This is a very sad day. And Republicans have no one to blame but themselves.