March 22, 2010

I was once a connoisseur of horror and sci-fi movies, especially in my youth when Hammer Films in England was producing their series of Frankenstein and Dracula movies - "in living color!" But having watched every production of the classics from Hollywood (from Boris Karloff's Frankenstein monster & Bela Lugosi's Dracula to the B-flicks like "Not of this Earth" and "Them") I have a very good knowledge of "monster life."

By the time I was eight, I knew there were only two ways to destroy a vampire like Dracula: drive a stake through its heart or expose it to the purifying rays of sunlight. In Universal's sixth installment of Frankenstein films, House of Frankenstein, we are introduced to the possibility of a vampire's resurrection by removing the stake once driven through its heart. Only sunlight can completely destroy the creature!

Everybody knows that not just vampires die (albeit not necessarily permanently) when a stake is plunged through the heart, but institutions like democracy and people, like Americans, will die by that method. Last night, America had a stake driven right through its heart by the newly minted Progressive-Socialist (i.e. Democratic) Party.

The debate and vote on Sunday regarding Barack Obama's health insurance makeover were as amazing as they were tragic. Never before have I seen legislators not only lie repeatedly on the House floor, but also so brazenly defy the will of the American people.

There was not a poll in the country, whether it was CNN, Fox News, Rasmussen, or Gallup that showed Americans in favor of the Democrats' plan. Yet they pushed forward. Why? Because they could. As the American people were making their voices heard by saying, "Don't pass this bill," the Progressive-Socialists were chanting, "Yes we can." Pathetic.

By a vote of 219-212, the House of Representatives passed Obama's legislation. Spearheaded by Nancy Pelosi and with some arm-twisting by Obama, the Democrats were able to hold enough of their caucus together to ensure passage. Just listen to what Pelosi had to say following the vote. I can't believe she has the nerve to say that this was an "all-American act."

An act of patriotism? This bill will cost trillions of dollars, will raise insurance costs, and decrease choice as more doctors group coverages like Medicare. It imposes an unconstitutional heath insurance mandate, and it brings with it a host of new tax increases. So much for our economic rebound.

Here's what House Republican Leader John Boehner said during the debate:

The roll call vote of House members can be found here.

There are so many things that upset me about the bill, and I've listed a number of those reasons already, but what upsets me even more is how the bill passed. First, it passed despite overwhelming opposition from the American public. Second, it passed because so-called "pro-life Democrats" caved in and sold their souls for politics. As a pro-life Catholic, I am stunned to see that politicians would trade their stated belief in the sanctity of human life for a political favor or pay-off.

Politics trumped life. What's even more disheartening is the shear bogusness of the "deal." Pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak (D-MI) switched their votes because Obama said he would sign an executive order stating that federal funds can't be used for abortion. Hello!!!! The bill that was just passed says that federal funds CAN be used, and an executive order does not trump the law of the land. Surely Stupak is not Stu-pid... is he?

As Deal Hudson wrote in Catholic Advocate, "Bart Stupak looked hollow and shame-faced as he made the rounds of cable news shows on Sunday explaining the reasons for his change of mind.  For the past 160 days Stupak has become a hero to millions of Americans who believe the right to life is the basis of all other human rights. Now, Stupak has become a hero to the other side and just another example of why our young people view politics cynically, not as a vocation but as an excuse to put partisan interests ahead of transcendent truths."

As noted in the AP story on GOPUSA, Obama's executive order that won over Stupak and others "sets out a mechanism aiming to ensure that community health centers cannot use federal funds for abortions." Aiming to ensure? Nice wording. That sure does inspire confidence.

There is just so much to write about this disaster, and I'd love to read your comments. Here's one last bit of information that readers can pass along to their left-wing friends or colleagues.... Nancy Pelosi had the gall to call this bill bipartisan during her floor speech. The only thing bipartisan about it was the opposition. Not a single Republican voted for it, and 34 Democrats (the outcasts of the Progressive-Socialists) voted against it as well. That's bipartisan. And yet it passed. The left-wing elite have spoken. Now it's our turn!

Now that the Progressive-Socialists healthcare bill is law, it is next to impossible to overturn it without the Supreme Court overturning it. As of this writing 38 states are considering or have already legislated against support for Obamacare. United Business Media this morning reports that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is accelerating its nationwide effort to block the federal requirement to purchase health insurance, a key component of the health reform bill.

Requiring Americans to purchase something or suffer penalties, fines and possible jail time has only been forced on people of communist countries or totalitarian regimes. The thirty-eight states have either filed or announced their intentions to file ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, model legislation that would ensure a patient's right to pay directly for medical care and prohibit an individual from being penalized for not purchasing health insurance. The Virginia and Idaho legislatures have already enacted the legislation, and the Arizona measure will appear on the November ballot.

In addition to action in Virginia, Idaho, and Arizona, ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act has also passed one legislative chamber in Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and is soon expected to be heard on the floor in Alabama, Kansas, and Michigan.

Last night, a source close to Texas governor Rick Perry said "the governor has done his research on the issues surrounding secession from the union and its ramifications on the citizens of Texas. The necessity of sending a message larger than debate in the halls of Congress, could only be done by an act as big as leaving the union."

Lawsuits will be filed by many states Attorneys General with petitions to expedite it immediately to the United State Supreme Court are forthcoming. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott broke the news on his Facebook page:

Just got off the AG conference call. We agreed that a multi-state lawsuit would send the strongest signal. We plan to file the moment Obama signs the bill. I anticipate him signing it tomorrow. Check back for an update at that time. I will post a link to the lawsuit when it is filed. It will lay out why the bill is unconstitutional and tramples individual and states rights.

While the entire roster of claims regarding unconstitutionality is obviously unknown at this time, it appears that a central focus of the initial immediate filing (which will undoubtedly be amended several times) will be whether the individual mandate, which requires American citizens to purchase health insurance from private insurers, is a constitutional exercise of the federal government’s proscribed powers. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced late Sunday night after the conference call that Virginia planned on joining the multi-state litigation against Obamacare:

Virginia will file suit against the federal government charging that the health-care reform legislation is unconstitutional, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office confirmed last night.

Cuccinelli is expected to argue that the bill, with its mandate that requires nearly every American to be insured by 2014, violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. The attorney general’s office will file suit once President Barack Obama signs the bill into law, which could occur early this week.

“At no time in our history has the government mandated its citizens buy a good or service,” Cuccinelli said in a statement last night.

Lawsuits aside, the probable defeat of nearly 65 Progressive-Socialists in the House and 10 to 12 in the Senate will more return power to the GOP in November. Then, in January, the new 112th Congress will vote to repeal Obamacare with the certain outcome of repeated vetoes from the President. If the economy continues to plummet, businesses continue to fold and unemployment rises as a result, you will see Washington D.C. standing alone as the sole electorate voting to keep Mr. Obama in the White House.

Would we, then able to drive a stake into the heart of Progressive-Socialism? I think not, as there will always be PSs lurking in the shadows waiting to take more bites out of individual freedoms. What Conservatives need to do is to force the far-left in policy making positions into the purifying rays of the sunlight, thus exposing them for who they really are and turning them into dust.