‘The More Glorious the Triumph’: Why Obamacare May Be The Best Thing That’s Ever Happened to Conservatives

So, 25 “Republican” senators voted Yes on cloture, reinstating funding for Obamacare’s implementation.  The bill now goes back to the House where Republicans must hold their ground and refuse to fund Obamacare.

Question: When did America become a nation of muddle-headed noodle-backs?  Since when do American patriots shrink from a fight for what’s right – or back down against what’s wrong? Short answer: RINOs.

Regarding Obamacare, recently retired Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina put it this way:

“We need to keep bringing people back to the fact that this is devastating to American – maybe the most devastating thing in a generation as far as what it does to, not our healthcare system, but our economy, our culture how we think about ourselves as Americans. At the Heritage Foundation we look at the policy. We research what it’s going to do to the people of this country.  And when they say, ‘okay, you might lose,’ we say, ‘since when do Americans not fight for what’s right because they’re afraid they might lose?”

Good question, senator!

Friday Funk?

Conservatives may be in a Friday Funk after today’s Senate vote, but there is a silver lining. Think of the vote as a ‘two-fer’: 1) It was a disappointing loss; 2) It may also be the best thing that ever happened to constitutional conservatives. Why? Because Ted Cruz’s epic anti-Obamacare speechifying, supported by Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Mike Lee, and the Senate vote that followed:

  • Put the debate over Obamacare back onto center stage
  • Re-animated many conservatives, who will now aim their considerable ire at the GOP Mod(erate) Squad
  • Generated momentum as more and more Americans are getting involved and energized.
  • Gave conservatives an epic target for 2014
  • Drew clear battle lines

Battle Lines and the Mod Squad

The split in the Republican Party over Obamacare is a symptom of an underlying struggle for the heart and soul of the party as a whole. Conservative stalwarts have been clearly tagged. Ditto the mamby-pamby Mod Squad (hi, Lindsey and John). Thanks to Cruz and cohorts, conservs who feel frustrated with and/or disenfranchised by the Mod Squad know who the latter is – and why. Meanwhile, in the words of Thomas Paine:

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

– Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776