The Huffington Post reported that the "entire slate of Republican senatorial candidates" appear poised to run on a full repeal platform. But the main one coordinating their election strategy -- National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas -- had already begun "softening the message."
What? I couldn't believe what I was reading. No. This couldn't be. Tell me it isn't true. Tell me that after all these years, I won't yet have to get on blood pressure medicine. Tell me my ongoing optimism is not for naught.
But I read on. Cornyn explained that "there is noncontroversial stuff here, like the pre-existing conditions exclusion and those sorts of things."
Noncontroversial? You mean he considers a provision that will completely change the character of insurance companies from private businesses to public utilities a little detail? Seriously -- what the heck is in the water in Washington? I can't take this insanity.
What the normally excellent Sen. Cornyn needs to understand is that this entire bill needs to be scrapped. War-weary Republicans need to get over this battered spouse syndrome and quit tolerating and sublimating the abuse. Enough is enough.
We don't need to be thinking about playing around the edges or even repealing a mere 90 percent of the bill. The whole bill is poison; it is infected with contagious toxins that will destroy our entire capitalistic system if we don't eradicate it entirely. No compromise. Market reforms are the solution, not socialism lite, which is what got us into this mess.
You don't have to listen to me, but you ignore the grass roots at your peril. The Republican Party must prove to freedom-loving Americans that it has the moral courage to exorcise Obamacare from the depths of this nation's soul. If it "softens its message" in any way, it will completely lose the confidence of the people, and we'll see either a third-party movement -- that will have a much tougher uphill battle -- or worse.
Now is not the time for the weak of heart, the complacent, the sycophants or the career politicians who believe collegiality is the highest virtue. Now is the time for principled, bold, peaceful revolution. Full repeal -- nothing less; replace, reform! Now. If not, beware the righteous wrath of the several states, which will fight this if our federal politicians won't.