The contempt I feel right now for President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while not quite as intense as it was last night, may well match that the American patriots felt for King George and Parliament 235-odd years ago. That king, like this president, trampled on our liberties and sought to expand the power of government in clear contravention of the will of the people.
The pressure against this bill came from the grassroots, even in such states as Massachusetts. The pressure to pass it came from the White House, the Democratic congressional leadership and their allied special interests.
A recent CNN survey (and their surveys tend to skew left) finds that by a margin of 3 to 2, Americans oppose the Democrats’ health care bill–that margins is even greater than the one found by the supposedly Republican pollster Scott Rasmussen. And here’s an interesting tidbit from that poll, “56% say the bill creates ‘too much government involvement in the nation’s health care system,’ 28% say about the right amount, while 16% say not enough.”
According to Gallup, a near identical percentage of Americans, 57%, believe “government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals“. And the Democrats’ health care bill does just that. In yesterday’s Investors’ Business Daily, David Hogberg detailed 20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms. No wonder we’re up in arms.
In an underhanded manner, House and Senate Democrats rammed through an unpopular bill which takes away our liberties. As Robert Zelnick writes: “Everything about [that] House-passed bill smacks of political excess rooted in ideological purity.” (Via Jennifer Rubin.)
Under the leadership of President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have divided our nation even further and decreased our liberties while increasing the size and scope of the federal government.
This is not what the Founders fought for. Not by a long shot. Nor what the American people want. In his successful campaign for the White House, Obama tapped into popular discontent at the growing cost of government, telling us that we had been living beyond our means. And now, despite clear majorities of the American people opposing increased government intervention in our lives, he works overtime to increase the level of that intervention.