I know well the people who are trying to stop the scourge that is Obamacare. They are drawing lines in the sand to protect that kid’s family from the the so-called Affordable Care Act’s assaults on liberty, the economy and actual physical health.
And from my partisan perch, let me offer a possible surprise: I believe most of the people arguing for Obamacare actually believe it is good for the country. That means this is not driven by people looking for shallow political gain, but by two sides with wholly different perspectives on government in our lives.
Note I said “most.” There are surely those on the left smart enough to know it is a knife to the heart of American liberty and prosperity, which is why they want it. Liberty and prosperity are enemies of the statist, who seeks an ever-broadening dependent class to rely on expansionist government.
But dispensing with what motivates both sides for a moment, the shutdown is a refreshing moment against a backdrop of history replete with compromises that have not served us well, usually because it is conservatives who have caved.
When we give in, government is allowed to get bigger and more intrusive. When they give in-- well, let me know what it looks like when they give in.
So in this precious season, there are actual Republicans standing on sound conservative principle, refusing to be rolled by Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
If the price we have to pay for this is an equally resolute Democrat party, that’s fine with me. Their steadfastness is a window to their souls, too.
I feel our side racking up a point or two every time Reid bats away a sensible funding measure that would open up the government immediately. Even with a loud media chorus chanting as expected that this is all Republicans’ fault, there is a growing feeling in America that this is a shared standoff, with pressure building on a White House that has already delayed its masterpiece legislation for a year for employers.
So why not for employees? And why not make Congress live under Obamacare like the rest of us?
We win those questions because they do not require answers based on pure conservatism. They appeal to the sense of fairness in most people.
So with the mid-month debt ceiling turnstile ticking ever closer, I hope this can unfold as a chapter of actual conservative leadership by House Speaker John Boehner, and an actual display of unity from those who serve in the House with him.
The left is already looking shrill and short-fused as the days of shutdown unfurl. Conservatives should stay the course, calm in the comfort that stopping Obamacare is a noble crusade, not to be abandoned because of the middling stresses of a brief shutdown.
And if the standoff is not so brief? The more valuable the lessons learned at its end, hopefully lessons that the economy and our freedoms have been at least temporarily spared the poison of Obamacare.