WOW... What a week! A resounding 2010 Election win for conservatives... We swept the House of the pests, picked up 60+ seats, a feat unheard of since the 1938 elections. We narrowed the Senate Majority to a mere handful, gained 350+ state Assembly seats and won 19 more state Gubernatorial positions with an (R) behind their names. I have to say I was very impressed and encouraged by what I witnessed this past November 2, 2010! Congratulations America on choosing the right direction to set our country rolling in!
You may have noticed that I took a week off from the blogasphere (or not), I used that week to do a little redesign of the blog and I finally took care of the technical issues that I was having. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for following HTLIT!
After the election, some observations
First, let's take a look at what we have learned from this important day in our history. We have learned that the vast majority of Americans have awakened from the fog that is our current economic and political climate and we have spoken loudly! Can you hear us now? GOOD! We learned that Americans wholeheartedly rejected the failed ideas of a Socialist / Marxist style of governing. We also learned that there are a few out there who will just never get it (Yes California & Nevada, I mean you. I'll get to you shortly). Most of all though, we learned that our votes can, and do, make a difference. Many that I know, voted for the first time; and for the first time, they learned what it was like to use their real voice in our society. However, we are not finished! In the next 2 years we may see political gridlock that has never been witnessed in our recent history; we must not waiver, and we must understand the battle ahead! We, as people, have a mountain to climb; And it will be rough... Some patience will be required. After all, this is not a fight for the weak of heart!
I am going to start with the issue that is California. Pelosi, Waxman, Boxer... Again? SIGH... It seems that these foolish, pot smoking, Frisbee throwing, Hacky Sack kicking (I hate that game), freeloaders will never pull their heads out of their ever-loving asses long enough to join the rest of the country. I think that the clouds of smoke from their "medical" marijuana have finally killed their last collective brain cells. Time and time again they use their vote to back the same progressive, liberals and their failed policies and agendas. I think it is time that America cut ties with these fools. They are like a son or daughter that is off at college partying the nights away and failing classes too long on their daddy's dime. They put forth no effort for real change, their agendas fail, and then they request the American tax payers bail them out on a regular basis; all the while criticizing successful states, such as my beloved Texas! I say, NO MORE, college is over, it is time to set them free, let them float off into the sunset, form their own failed government, and be done with them once and for all. It's only fair to the rest of us.
Then we have Nevada, REALLY? Harry Reid again, REALLY! I mean come on. I think the pot smoke filled winds swept in from California are finally causing damage there as well. So what to do, you ask? I, for one, don't think that they are as far gone as California is (God I hope not, yes Libs God, not G. Soros). They are more like the 16 year old high school kid that is experimenting. They are not lost yet... but they are in serious need of some rehab, (someone call and get the number from Lindsay, oh wait, never mind). NEVADA... wake the hell up!... Look at yourselves in the damned mirror! You have the highest rate of unemployment, 14% + (Yes higher than California), and an economy that is amongst the worst in the country and yet you still back Ole' Dingy Harry? SIGH.... What can I say, high school kids do stupid stuff and feel the affects later!... we can only try to assist them and hope they somehow see the light come 2012. So keep nudging them in the right direction America, and we will see, come 2 years from now at graduation time, if they are to follow in the footsteps of big brother Cali, or make the decision to right the ship!
So What Happens Now?
This one is going to be a bit tricky. After all, we do still have PeBO at the helm wielding a great big veto pen... and you have to know that he will use is to put a stop to the dismantling of his wonderful policies. Though the battle is won, the war is far from over. The GOP and the American people still have a very tough fight ahead. I am going to attempt to lay out a couple of scenarios for the next 2 years and beyond using the health care bill as an example. There are many other issues to consider, but this is definitely THE hot button topic for most. OK Libs, get out your crayons and recycled paper and get ready to scribble some notes, (or draw pictures - whichever suits you best), 'cause its go time...
Option 1. Repeal the bill completely
This option is, by and large, the most popular option for most Americans, but there are huge obstacles to overcome in order to have a full repeal of Obamacare. Ideal, yes. But possible by 2012? Not a chance. With their new majority come January, House Republicans will be able to draft and pass legislation that would repeal Obamacare. But once that legislation moves to the Senate, even if Republicans gain enough support to have the repeal pass by a simple majority, they won't have the votes to withstand a filibuster or to override PeBO. Remember, PeBO still holds the veto pen, (I know this makes you giddy with joy Dems, but keep reading).
Should the Republicans pursue this option? Absolutely! Why you ask? By getting a full repeal to the desk of Obama, and having the veto signed, Republicans accomplish more than we may realize. Even if they cannot get the president to sign anything into law, forcing votes and vetoes, Republicans would send an important message to the voters; That message being: If the American people really want repeal, they will need to vote for a Republican president in 2012. Though this option is least likely to succeed, the fallout of the veto will damage the liberal Democrats in future elections.
Option 2. De-fund Obamacare and all the programs that it created
This option is definitely on the table for our new found majority in the House. Basically this is how it works... Legislation, such as Obamacare, "authorizes" spending, but the funds to be spent must be separately "appropriated." What does this mean? Well, Congress has to enact specific appropriation, or spending, to fund the bill and its associated programs. Without additional appropriations, implementation of the health care bill would essentially be crippled. With a Republican majority now in Congress, they should not only withhold needed appropriations, but also bar the use of whatever funds are appropriated for health care implementation, effectively leaving the bill dead in the water.
This cannot happen soon enough for me. If we can accomplish this we can basically sit back and wait for 2012, install a conservative President, regain control of the Senate and proceed with full repeal of Obamacare as set forth in option 1. I know Dems, you hate that option... But the American people have spoken (... and I think you just broke a crayon)!
Some Final thoughts
After listening to the chatter from friends, family, the blogasphere, and talk radio over this past week, I have come to realize the scope of excitement regarding our victory, as well as the impatience and anxiety that are abound. I know that people want change to be swift, as do I; But I feel somewhat compelled to plea for patience from my fellow Americans. Justice will come, though the progression may be slower than we like. We now must trust in the decision that we have made, stay the course and be vigilant. As is said often in sport, never take your eyes off of the prize. That prize my friends is our FREEDOM as Americans!
We have a long road to the 2012 elections, and I for one, can't wait. Use this next 2 years to make informed decisions about those that you may back. Understand them on a personal level as well as you can. Listen to their every word and make sure those words ring true to you and your beliefs. You will not agree with their every viewpoint, but you must understand them for the content of their character. Choose wisely my friends! And to the newly elected House and Senate members, WE THE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING! We are asleep no more. Execute the will of we the people, do not compromise the vision, and do what is right by America. We voted you in... If betrayed, we can and will vote you out!
Once again, with great pride, Thanks For Your Ear!
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