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Repeal of Obamacare will be hard but Republican leaders are playing it sly

I realize the Politico article was written specifically about what a Republican Congress intended to do to repeal Obamacare, and how it could go about it.  But I dislike pieces like this because it only tells half the story.  Indeed, there is a very long row to walk before we could get to total repeal, but there are also some extraordinary circumstances on the Republican side that will help along the way.  The little detail that Obamacare is unconstitutional and will eventually be struck down in whole, or in part, by the Supreme Court.  And everyone knows the Republicans are playing both sides of the fence on this one.  Or more accurately, some Republicans are.  Neither of which is addressed in the piece.

Many of the top Republican leaders will do the bare minimum to repeal Obamacare in order to appease the Tea Partiers, yet will not take the hard stance of making it into a knock-down, drag-out fight on the floor of the House and Senate.  Instead they’re waiting for the Supreme Court to do the real dirty work for them.  If it’s over-turned outright they get to crow about how they stood firm in the face of a President who hasn’t a clue what our nation stands for.  And if its struck down only in part, they can reassess and work from there.  It’s pragmatic yet cowardly in my view considering the out-pouring of anger that it and unlimited spending and debt have uncovered.

Permeating and perpetuating this cowardice is the Republican party’s desire to be “liked”.  The party as a whole realizes the main stream media will never give us a fair shake in a debate and that often colors not only the actions we take, but the words we choose to describe our actions.  Better off would we all be if we got over it already and stopped playing nice.  Have we learned nothing from the Democrats?  They’re not the least interested in playing nice with us and compromising, so why are we?

In fact the Democrats have shined the light on a lesson we should be learning.  Politics is no longer about right and wrong, or principle.  It’s about numbers and nothing more.  It’s long past time we got in their proverbial faces and simply did what we thought we ought, instead of what we thought we could get away with.  If after two years our Republican leaders haven’t seen into the heart of the Tea Party movement and understood it for what it is, they don’t deserve to be our leaders.  If they also think they can tip-toe around Obamacare and a Presidential agenda that at its core is all about the systematic destruction of an entire way of life, then not only do they not deserve to be called our leaders, they don’t deserve to be in Washington at all. 

We want real conviction.  We want real steel.  You’ve heard us, now act.

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