We find ourself in one of those extremely rare moments where we simply must disagree with Thomas Sowell as he evaluates the “irrationality” of trying to defund OgabeCare:
Therefore was the Tea Party-led attempt to defund ObamaCare something that met Burke’s standard of a “rational endeavour”?
With the chances of making a dent in ObamaCare by trying to defund it being virtually zero, and the Republican Party’s chances of gaining power in either the 2014 or 2016 elections being reduced by the public’s backlash against that futile attempt, there was virtually nothing to gain politically and much to lose.
However difficult it might be to repeal ObamaCare after it gets up and running, the odds against repeal, after the 2014 and 2016 elections, are certainly no worse than the odds against defunding it in 2013. Winning those elections would improve the odds.
And in order to win those elections, “winning” being something that stubbornly eludes the “rational” Republicans, those Republicans would need votes, no? Surrendering is not how you get those. We humbly (not really) submit that after a 7 year unbroken losing streak thanks to Karl “1% Success Rate” Rove and the “rational” Republicans’ strategy if it can even be called that, after having twice lost easy presidential elections running “the only candidate who can win”, it just might be time to change strategery.
This is further reinforced by the only victory in that period, the 2010 Democrat Fascist Turkey Shoot, having absolutely nothing to do with the “rational” Republicans and everything to do with the “irrational” Tea Party.
If the president of the United States of America is scared enough of a grass roots movement to order his IRS Gestapo to illegally and unconstitutionally persecute them to keep them out of the next election it really ought to be enough for the geniuses in DC and in the punditry class to at least sit up and take notice, but perhaps we’re being far too optimistic again. We really ought to start working on that.
But more about winning later. Let’s first address the “irrationality” of the attempt to defund OgabeCare.
You casually dismiss the chances of defunding as “virtually zero” since you really can’t make an argument that the endeavor was irrational without that premise. To be sure, your premise is not without merit, given the totalitarian, unconstitutional behavior of the fascist swine living on 1600 Penn Ave and the amount of political capital he and his Liberal Fascist Party have invested in this enormous power grab. They certainly weren’t going to let it go without a fight.
You even, earlier in your article, absolve the treasonous, backstabbing GOP weasels in the Senate of guilt by claiming that not even their full support would have made a difference.
To the contrary, that would have made all the difference in the world.
With their full support, it would have been possible to hold off a Senate vote on the House bill until Harry “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Reid had agreed to not letting any amendments pass without 60 votes, which would have made it impossible for that Nevadan Nazi to “re-fund” OgabeCare and send the bill back to the House. At which point he could either allow a vote on the unamended bill and let his fellow Liberal Fascists go on the record as being in favor of shutting the government down or he could have refused to let it get to a vote and thus unilaterally have declared himself in favor of a shutdown.
But even with the bill going back to the House, had the Republicans had the testicular fortitude to make a stand in the face of the unspeakable horror of Paul Krugman calling them names in a newspaper their constituents never read, it was far from a foregone conclusion that the Liberal Fascist Party would have failed to flinch in the face of a shutdown and a locked debt ceiling. Ogabe, sure. He is beyond therapeutical reach in his malignant sociopathic narcissistic personality disorder, but the Liberal Fascist Senators and Representatives have jobs they’d like to keep.
Their current scramble to get Ear Leader to grant a delay, the same delay that was requested as a compromise by the GOP before they folded like a cheap lawn chair (as they always do), in order to save those sinecures only goes to show just how much they know that they’re about to saw off the branch that they’re precariously perched upon. Enough pressure and we might even have seen a veto-proof, bipartisan repeal. Who knows?
We never will because the “rational” wing of the GOP still seems to think that surrender is a winning strategy. Not only did they surrender as we knew they would, they did everything they could to signal far and wide even before the “shutdown” began that all the Liberal Fascist Party would have to do would be to refuse to negotiate for a couple of weeks and the GOP would cave as they always do.
But the Tea Party Republicans are the “irrational” ones?
“Irrational” like the patriots at Lexington and Concord. “Irrational” like the Marines at Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal and the Chosin Reservoir. “Irrational” like the 101st Airborne at Bastogne.
If only we had more Congresscritters who were “irrational” like that.
Which brings us back to winning.
You see, Mr. Sowell, we are but a simple man. An aging grunt with simple principles, and one of those principles is that nobody, nobody rallies to the banner of somebody who runs away like a little girl every time the odds are against him. And in politics that means no votes. We keep hearing from you and yours that we need to “wait until we have the votes” to fight. No. We don’t. Because those votes will never materialize with that sort of “rallying” cry.
There’s a reason, many actually, why so many conservatives stayed at home in 2006, 2008 and 2012. One of them was that a message of “not now” is quite off-putting. That’s a British Understatement. After enough times of dutifully marching off to the polls to pull the lever, only to be rewarded with a “still not enough to fight, but next time, we promise!” you just stop showing up since you start feeling like that chump who shipped all of his savings to Nigeria in increments with each promise of “just a few hundred dollars more.”
Nobody supports a whiny, cowardly loser, and the GOP right now is nothing but a bunch of whiny, cowardly losers. They refuse to fight unless the outcome is guaranteed, and even when it is they’re hardly chomping at the bit.
No, it doesn’t matter if you lose a battle here and there, as long as you fight.
By your definition of “rational”, the U.S. troops should have run away from the Philippines like school girls when they got swamped by the Japanese. How could they win? They didn’t. They fought, and even though they lost, their valiant struggle inspired a nation. The Texans at Alamo should most assuredly have run like rabbits, but they didn’t. And their stubborn refusal to give up inspired the rest to kick Santa Ana’s butt six ways from Sunday.
Add to that that OgabeCare isn’t one of those minor issues that you can just put off until a better day. It may not matter one bit to the GOP in DC, they made sure that they got their exemption, after all, but it matters a great deal to the 16 million who have already lost their healthcare plan, not to mention the 90 million who will lose it next year.
“Lie back, close your eyes and think of the GOP” just doesn’t cut it for us. This has to be stopped, and it has to be stopped, right now.
“Odds” and “what’s doable” according to a bunch of well-heeled consultants, pundits and career politicians doesn’t matter fuck all to a family of four who suddenly find themselves having to choose between the home they live in and being able to pay for their healthcare.
And if the best that you and the GOP Establishment have to offer right now is “just suck it up for another 3, 6, 8 or 27 years”, then heaven help us all.
Time to ruck up, brush the sand out of your vaginas and act like you have a pair!
Or you can join the Liberal Fascists on the ash heap of history once us grownups are done cleaning up the mess your complacency has wrought.