It was the law. And liberals were determined to sabotage that law. To hold America hostage — in the middle of a war no less — until the law was repealed. Until the war was stopped. To do it, they used the Three C’s. Civil Disobedience. The Culture. The Congress. Let’s start with the law the Left was determined to overturn. That would be the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed by Congress on August 10,1964 at the request of a popular president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The resolution authorized the president “to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state
So, now we know what to do. Given the three "C´s", time to get started. This is how the left prevailed over the civil rights and Vietnam wars. We must start now and never give up no mater how long it takes to wake up a recalcitrant government. Remember that it took the left 5 years to pressure congress to cut off funding for the war. But, the left stuck to it and did not give up. Yes, they had the msm of the time helping promote their anti war message, but we have conservative talk radio, a few tv news stations, and the internet. Civil disobedience, build the culture, and congress.
An article at the Americn Thinker several weeks ago also compared Obmacare to Vietnam. It compared McNamara´s military "reforms" with what Obamacare is doing to the practice of medicine, noting that in both arrogant technocrats disregarded human factors and assumed events that aren´t likely to happen. You could add that both seem to have begun with lies too the American people. Since then the administration´s insistence about HealthCare.gov seem to resemble the daily pep talks about body counts.
Great article! But this time leadership will be much more important. The antiwar movement did not have a great leader like Martin Luther King. We do. Ted Cruz is the most intelligent and articulate force to emerge on America’s political scene in decades. And just in time. He will tip the balance in our favor.
Article forgets the big "P"--the Press, which hammered away on the side of the left day after day. Also the big "E"--exemptions of large swaths of the populace. During Vietnam, there were certainly individual draft deferments that caused outrage, but now we have a government of leftists who know how to divide and conquer. Government workers will be subsidized, unions (watch for it), will be cared for, and entitled Dem base will be happy that the crumbs they are thrown come at the expense of the working saps. And the very wealthy will figure out their own path. This is a thoughtful article, as always from Lord, but without the leftist media (including entertainment media) and the leftist university organizers being on the side of America (our side), I don´t have as much hope for the outcome of this mess.
The obstacles to defund Obamacare: 1) Obama himself. The first "black" president. Seriously, has anyone yet stood up to him? The far left--including the media--is hellbent on his "success" even if it means hardship and failure for tens of millions of Americans; 2) A culture of "tolerance," in which the culture is tolerating every vice, and will tolerate dead bodies as well. Look at the development of the euthanasia movement. This involves a deep-seated disdain for the elderly and disabled; "off with them" if they are a burden. How do you think Obama got away with shifting over 700 billion from Medicare to fund the ACA?
IMHO, what we have resembles the Weimar Republic, not the Vietnam era. Lord has overlooked some key factors in this post-modern era.
Hate to point out that the media will in no way fairly cover a protest by anti-Obamacare participants. Remember their coverage of the TEA Party? Racists, I believe was their description. I would like to think that this would work but we are not the same country as we were in the 60´s. Progressives have done enormous damage through academia, entertainment, and the media. There is nothing more I would rather see than a huge movement rise from the people to stop the scourge of Obamacare. I just don´t see it happening, now. Once the pain of Obamacare hits, things may change.
The implosion of the Obamacare rollout is a Gift. Again the liberals bet heavily on the stupidity of the American people who they believed would leap on this offer of ´subsidized´ healthcare thus creating a whole new generation of entitlement addicted drones. It might have happened if a) the premiums and deductibles were not ridiculously out of reach for most young people and b) the project development were not a typically incompetent epic failure by the government. Either way it buys us some time to hopefully tip the Senate in the midterms. By that time this should be a bipartisan protest.
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Joe Btfsplk, 10/18/2013 8:30:45 AM (No. 9570818)
Leading from Behind, our intrepid hero, Commander Barry, with guns blazing, urged his troops into the Valley of Despair.... "You will fight until I am the only man left standing" grinned a confident cool Barry-O!
The article is a good reminder of previous, seemingly lost causes, that were won in the end. I do note that with the exception of thr Ohio shootings by National Guardsmen, no one at the federal level was willing to use any and all means to silence the protestors. I´m afraid that in today´s climate where just looking at Obama the wrong way is akin to a lynching, that the government will be more than happy to use every and any means at hand to silence the opposition. Look at NSA....
Hold the House, take the majority in the Senate, and at least Obama will be neutered for his last 2 years. He can try EOs, but we can deal with that. The most important thing is damage control. Hopefully if Reid loses his leadership position, he will retire.
Hold the House? There is no real difference a vote for my RINO is no different than a vote for a Dem, since he seeks us out all the time. Just waits an appropriate amount of kabuki before selling us out.
Win the Seante? Conservatives ate done voting for the li,e´s of McConnel and graham. The GOP will either run conservative candidates or conservatives will write in votes or stay home.
Remember, something else that resulted from the activism & civil disobedience of the 60´s - it produced the 26th Amendment to the Constitution which overturned the Supreme Court´s decision on Oregon v. Mitchell.
Activism & civil disobedience can bring about an amendment repealing Obamacare. It will take awhile, as it did in the 60´s, but isn´t America´s freedom worth it?
The draft affected [almost] every young man of eligible age in those days. It had a way of focusing the attention of those who didn´t want to die in service of fuzzy objectives in a far-off country. Eventually they prevailed.
Obamacare affects every American citizen. Even if many are exempted, millions upon millions will be forced to sign up or face a "tax" penalty. They will be paying large premiums in order to have huge deductibles. Those millions will feel the hurt in their pocketbooks on a regular basis.
Americans don´t like to spend their own personal money for stuff they didn´t choose to buy. Ads full of unicorns and rainbows won´t make the day-to-day reality of Obamacare go away for the average American. And that takes Obamacare out of the realm of an abstract concept to a constant problem in real life, just like Vietnam was for the young people who didn´t want to die there. There may not be marching in the streets, but eventually the slogan will be the same--Heck no, we won´t go.
I´m afraid I thought o something else Lord didn´t address--two things, actually; By nature, conservatives are law-abiding people; liberals are not. Even when they are themselves writing the laws, liberals break them, by ignoring superceding laws (like the Constitution), or, as famously with Obamacare and immigration)simply ignoring/exempting/deferring those parts that are inconvenient at the moment. Conservatives have respect for the law as an institution, liberals do not. Further--who were the people at all those massive anti-war rallies, etc? So-called "college students" who didn´t attend class, layabouts and tuned-out hippies, not people with jobs and families and responsibilities to tend to. The Vietnam War protest template, I fear, does not fit conservatives as well as lord thinks.
What I fear is that the implosion and unworkability of Obamacare is planned. It´s intended that people will revolt, not sign up and drive the insurance companies out of the market because they´re losing money. Then in swoops our left wing government to replace those nasty profit motivated capitalist insurers with big hearted socialism to save the day for the LoFos and assorted useful idiots. When the dust clears we will have single payer, nationalized and totally socialist health care. These lefties running the show now are of the same stripe as those who worked the Vietnam war revolt successfully. Watch out or they´re going to Alinsky us again.
Filling jail cells for refusing to either have health insurance or paying the fine?
They´ve figured that out genius. You CAN´T refuse to pay your fine when they can automatically garnish your paycheck and automatically TAKE it from your bank accounts.
Sitting in at federal buildings or any building housing those involved in running the so-called “exchanges” around the country?
Unfortunately, unlike the 60´s hippies, we have jobs.
The third C?
Whoa, there Skippy, back to the second C. Talk radio HAS been warning about Obamacare since 2009 with goose eggs as the result. Your second C is less than weak.
The “caskets” of Obamacare are skyrocketing premiums, lost jobs, full-time jobs become part-time jobs, bankruptcies, the health exchange online application process that is so fouled up even Democrats have managed to be embarrassed.
Uh huh, except that now the GOP will help the Marxists blame all that on Ted Cruz in addition to their standard fall down, roll over and soil self moves of "courage."
Sure hope you´re right but I think you forget that the voter´s vacuum between the ears has more volume than the size of the universe. There was far less vacuum back then and the Holy Temple of Me was about the size of a dog house in the late sixties. It´s now the size of the Milky Way and expanding at the speed of absence of thought by the second.
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