Battles and Wars

George Washington lost a majority of the battles he fought during the revolution.  But, he won that war; ideas, courage, persistence and exceptional leadership prevailing against horrific odds.

The study of our founding cannot but leave one with a sense of amazement that, somehow despite the odds, the revolution prevailed.  So many points in time at which all might have been lost; outnumbered, out gunned, scarce resources, political squabbles, the weight of an empire arrayed against our revolutionary founding, and yet Americans prevailed.

Now, as it was then, it is less about winning battles than it is about wining the war. Now, as it was then, our current war is, at its root, a war of ideas.       

We will likely see the health care bill passed today, viewed as a victory by some, a defeat by others. However, the war of ideas has been fully engaged and revitalized.  While this particular battle may be lost many skirmishes along the way can be counted as victories; victories that set the stage for larger victories ahead.  Victories that created a momentum that is undeniable and that will, likely, not fade.

What victories?

  • The refocus of so many on founding principals and the sheer brilliance of our founding.
  • A return to the idea that our Constitution be revitalized as the core of our political discourse.
  • The resurrection of a silent majority as an activist force; the sleeper awoken. .
  • Millions, reengaged in the political process.
  • The application of such pressure that legislation beginning as universal health care comes to it’s end as nothing more than a calculation of the lowest common denominator of political acceptability, and then just barely.
  • The renewed exposure of what the Progressive agenda is and what it means.
  • The motivation of powerful grass roots movements.
  • The exposure of liberal media bias for what it is and relegating it in steep decline.
  • The exposure, for all to see, of the corruption inherent in our legislative process.
  • The insistence that the Republican Party return to conservative ideals.

Victories all, their status as skirmishes not withstanding!   

Health care legislation is not the war, it is a battle; a single battle in the war of ideas. The winners of this battle may have lost sight of the fact that winning battles is not the goal, winning the war is.  If you sacrifice too many resources wining one battle, your fate in the war is all but sealed.

  • Have been monitoring this whole thing all day. Spent an hour faxing the local offices of all the undecided Dems since faxing their DC office is impossible.

    We are witnessing political suicide and everybody knows it. No polls show a majority of support for this plan yet here we are, with the House about to pass some chopped up conglomerate of it.

    The real battle of this phase begins Monday when we move past the arm-twisting and onto attempted enforcement of this legislation, should it pass.

    You don’t have to break this many arms in congress to pass a bill which is intrinsically good. Everybody knows this bill is awful which is why they need to be bought off in such a manner.

  • JD

    Well, the bill has passed. Now comes a decade worth of political debate. I only hope the people who are upset about this do not commit acts of violence not only because I believe violence is never the answer on matters of this nature but violence will only defeat the cause they are looking to fight for.

  • Bill Hedges


    Michael Steele has announced movement to repeal this. Should be the ‘cry heard around our Nation’ now to election.

    As Clinton was forced to sign balance budget or face closure of government, so can obama be forced to sign repeal. It all hinges on the will of the people and November vote.

    obama’s executive order can not over-ride law. Surely Supreme Court will rule for law over obama’s order if obama does not drop that order. I see this a cover for votes. Pro choice was big supporter for him.

    A Democrat Congressman to be honored at home, now is not. As soon as this passed honor was withdrawn. How will people greet Democrats at home.

    How reassuring all Republicans voted nay. We need conservative agenda.

    Will Senate pass the fixes ? A one word change sends back to House.

    Surely all the last minute bought votes will be highlighted as has been announced they will.

    Government takes over all student loans except for ONE bought vote State. How important that is to health care ?

    As it stands, taxes soon go up. On only those making $250,000 or more ? I don’t think so. Will those now not paying income tax, will now ?

    The preliminary CBO numbers were doctored by Democrats by not including the $250 billion Doctor fix, $500 billion from broke medicare and however much from broke S/S. All those people put on medicare and Medicaid. Social program are $50-60 trillion in debt. Countries, OR and MA can’t balance. OR gives you sucide pills instead of expensive care. All these promises of obamacare is unrealistc.

    State must be looking forward to their increased medicaid cost, since extra help by Fed is only temporary. 37 States are fighting back so far.

    In a great moment for obama, obama places his hands on Biden and walks out. Without answering questions.

    Except for a few exception, you will only be paying more for health insurance until January of 2014 without beneft.

    As the reality sets in on what Democrats have done, a far stronger Newt revolution will occur. We must hope.

  • w00t