In the wake of the Baucus bill for so-called "health care reform" being passed yesterday, and after watching all three members of the panel on Fox News Special Report last night opine that now some final leftist-controlled bill on "health care reform" will eventually be passed and signed into law, I feel the kind of outrage and despair for my family and our country that can only be dispelled by thoughts of some last-ditch desperation acts of mass civil disobedience. I wish enough people could make a big enough difference to stop this terrible, unConstitutional thing that the leftists in Washington now want to do to our country, yet again hurting millions of people for decades to come in the name of helping a few--while actually helping themselves to more power and other people's property.
From April to October we attended tea parties, rallies, marches and town hall meetings to express our unwillingness to be exploited by the power-grabbers in the federal government, only to be derided and in the end, ignored. We were the cleanest, most polite, most non-violent "mobs" of protesters ever assembled on the nation's commons--and we have been dissed and dismissed--except for the fact that it is our money that is to be used as fodder for their plans to exploit us. And in the case of the doctors, it is the doctors' lives, skills, and time that are all to be exploited to feed the proposed insane and unworkable health care scheme. And, incidentally, all the employees in the private health insurance industry and associated markets can go take a long walk off a short pier--or, rather, join the ranks of the unemployed and line up for their unemployment checks, food stamps, and "low-cost health benefits" paid for by--whom?
Now perhaps it is time for dissenters to move into the second phase of the tea parties--where the tea actually gets dumped into the drink. Perhaps it is time to make ourselves not be so easily dismissed. Perhaps it is time to become more of a force to be dealt with.
Some are saying they will end withholding on their federal income taxes--creating an immediate drop in tax revenues that, if enough citizens participate in, cannot be ignored. Some are saying it is time to emulate the left's street-theater tactics: becoming a law enforcement (and hence a time- and money-consuming) problem by obstructing roads, being chained to railings, clogging the jails and the courts in Washington D.C., and what not. I am certainly not expert on such things, having never cared to study the methods of civil disruption as Bill Ayers and his ilk have. I have always considered such things to be beneath my notice as a good citizen. But perhaps the time has come to study the principles and tactics of civil disobedience and even adopt them as the last resort of self defense and achieving true justice.
Perhaps some people should break into Acorn buildings. Or spray-paint "Government Theft" on anything the federal government pays for that is clearly an unConstitutional or boondoggling use of taxpayer funds. I know there are a lot of people out there more clever than I am who can do something productive.
After all, it seems that most dissent against the government is about to be outlawed anyway. That is the leftist plan: make so many laws and vague, obscure, poorly-written regulations against regular citizens that they cannot live as law-abiding citizens anymore, even if they wanted to. And so it becomes a civil war to preserve our rights and our country that even little old suburban "soccer moms" like me have to eventually enlist in.
I keep hoping to wake up from this appalling nightmare, but it seems the ghouls in Washington are real. Our fellow Americans, sent to Washington to represent and protect our best interests, really do want to rob, impoverish, and enslave us and bankrupt our country.
Update: Making me feel better (and making me laugh): Bill Whittle's latest Modest Proposal for change.
Hat tips to Instapundit.
UPDATE: From a like mind (via Maggie's Farm):
It seems unimaginable that your life and mine may be offered as human sacrifices to the meddling of these wizards of Oz hiding behind their curtains....
Who are these people? What are they doing? Are they qualified to do it? Is anybody? How do they know the results they will bring? Can they possibly know? What is their track record in previous undertakings? Is anyone keeping track? Are there consequences to them if they fail? What guarantees do we have that if they mess up someone will clean up the mess? With questions like these, it is the height of irresponsibility to trust the fate of a country to this apparatus.
But it is now happening--we lie in the power of unaccountable tyrants we do not even know. The question is, what are we to do about it?
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