On the Senate floor this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid abused the dignity of his position with yet another desperate attack on Republicans and other Americans who understand the dangers of President Obama's flawed health care proposal.
Rather than debating the unremarkable "merits" of the Democratic plan, Sen. Reid arrogantly and prematurely declared that he was on the "right side of history" and that the Republicans were on the wrong side. More than that, he insisted these Republicans were the same types of people who opposed ending slavery and giving women the right to vote.
I suppose no one in Sen. Reid's office could be bothered to learn that it was a Republican president under whom the slaves were freed and that it was Republican President Teddy Roosevelt's third-party movement which was the first to support women's suffrage. Who needs facts when you can make wild allegations?
More than that, though, Sen. Reid's comments display the Democrat's fundamental inability to sell their health care proposal with real arguments and facts.
Harry Reid would have you believe that Republicans should lose this debate because they are inconsiderate and blind, morally culpable for the failings of our health care system, and as guilty of pushing down their fellow Americans as those who oppressed women and enslaved an entire race. If he'd had more room in his speech, perhaps Republican actions would also have been likened to those which drove American Indians from their homes and interred Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.
Harry Reid would have you believe this, because it's much easier for him to face than the reality that he's peddling a flawed version of "reform" which the American people just won't buy.
The Democratic party controls the White House. They have a considerable majority in the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Let's go through that again. The Democratic Party could, without a single Republican, pass any health care bill they wanted through both houses of Congress and get it signed by a Democratic President. If they cared to, Democrats could cobble together a socialized, single-payer system which covered our insurance bills by selling Maine to Canada, and there's not a single thing Republican Congressmen, voting completely in unison, could do to stop them.