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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Watch the GOP Commit Suicide

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2010, 08:39 AM

In "Republicans Against Repeal,"  W. James Antle, III, writes at American Spectator:

Well, that didn't take long. After Democratic supermajorities rammed through their health care bill, Republicans were full of sound and fury about how this injustice will not stand. Even John McCain was on board, telling a television interviewer, "Outside the Beltway the American people are very angry and they don't like it and we are going to try to repeal this."

But in the GOP, cooler heads always prevail. What these Republican heads want to cool down is the campaign to repeal the health care takeover. Reports the Associated Press: "Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that's roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama's new health care law."

Among those top Republicans are Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who "initially unfurled the 'repeal and replace' banner, only to quickly make an exception for the 'non-controversial stuff'," and "was later seen pouring cold water on the idea entirely."

Mr. Cornyn, anything in Obamacare not authorized by the U.S. Constitution is wielded by the hand of tyranny and is by definition controversial.

Then there's the defeatist remark of Sen. Bob Corker of Tenn.: "It's just not going to happen."

Mr. Corker, repeal and replace is "not going happen" only if people such as you volunteer to surrender to the forces of imposition and unfreedom. If you listen to America per se, you will learn what what's "not going to happen" is preemptive surrender to Washington-centric tyranny.

And don't forget former braveheart Rep. Mark Kirk, "who bravely vowed to 'lead the effort' to repeal the bill. Now he glumly tells a local newspaper, 'Well, we lost'."

Mr. Kirk, there's a difference between "we lost," and being a loser. Buck up, man. Get in the fight. Or else go find a pasture and nibble on federally supplied grass for the rest of your life.

This is why a movement such as the Tea Party -- the "New Resistance" -- must prevail over the impractical "pragmatic" philosophy of those, including "top Republicans," who seem inadequately committed to the rules for freedom, as expressed in the Declaration and Constitution. 

"What the New Resistance senses is that neither the single-minded secularism of the Democrats nor the double-minded imbalance of the Republicans is an adequate foundation for freedom, whether we are talking about July 1776, March 2010 or 100 years from now," I wrote in "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War."

For the Republican Party, this hour is another "Time for Choosing."

America today is faced with a threat to her existence that is perhaps more significant than any external attack by military forces from abroad since our Founding, including the devastation of Pearl Harbor and the cruel terror of 9/11.

In this our time of choosing, the GOP must either embrace the vision-for-freedom that energizes the enduring American mainstream, or not be surprized that freedom-loving Americans do not follow you over the cliff into oblivion, Kool-Aid land, disintegration, and the wrong side of human freedom and dignity under God.

My hope is that Republicans wake up to reaffirm who they are in their national identity and who they are in their human identity: Human beings created to resist evil, to fight for good, to demand justice, and to live exceptionally whole lives against any tyranny upon the mind and body and life of man.

And after Republicans wake up, they can share with Democrats the wisdom of not jumping off the cliff.