In one of the great works of the last century, the French Nobel laureate defined “un homme révolté” (translated into English as a “rebel”) simply as a man who who says “no.” In saying “no” to one thing, he says “yes” to something else:
Apparently negative since it creates nothing, this revolt is profoundly positive because it reveals what is always to be defending in each man.
And so today, in rising on the Senate floor to defend the Party of “No,” the junior Senator from Oklahoma channeled the Algerian-born writer/philosopher from France. For, in saying “No” to Obamacare, he affirmed the values for which America’s founders fought over two centuries ago:
We’re accused of being the party of no. . . . no is a wonderful word. When your child is misbehaving, you say no. When someone’s stealing liberty, you say no…Saying no at the right time saves lives. Saying no at the right time saves money…Saying no at the right time saves liberty.
Let the Democrats call us the Party of “No.” And we’ll tell them, as Tom Coburn has, what that “No” affirms.