The Last Line In The Sand
Earlier this week Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government published an excellent column in which he challenged “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. to take a firm stand in support of defunding U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law.
“Republicans must strip Obamacare from the upcoming appropriations measure – and reject any effort by the Senate to re-insert it,” Wilson wrote. “Doing so would force Obama and his allies to either accept a spending plan that does not contain ObamaCare funding – or shut down the government in protest.”
In a nutshell, that’s it. “Republicans” have stood for absolutely nothing since taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 – well, nothing but their hatred of Obamacare. In fact the GOP has voted (unanimously in almost every case) to repeal all or some of Obamacare nearly forty times over the last three years.
Now that victory is within their grasp, though, the GOP leadership in the House – notably Speaker John Boehner and “majority” leader Eric Cantor – is refusing to fight, citing fear of a government shutdown.
Wilson addressed that point in his column, too … citing a flood of recent polling data showing Obama’s weakened position on the economy, taxes and deficit spending.
“Any fear or timidity on the part of Republicans regarding a shutdown debate over ObamaCare has no basis in reality – unless certain elements of the GOP secretly want this law to go into effect and are looking for an excuse to let that happen,” he wrote.
Indeed … and maybe that’s exactly what certain “Republicans” want to happen. Which wouldn’t be at all surprising in light of recent history.
“Republicans” caved on the bailout in 2008. They caved on the debt ceiling debate in 2011. They caved on the fiscal cliff debate last year. And now they are about to cave on defunding Obamacare.
Boehner and Cantor (and “Republican” leaders like Mike Simpson of Idaho, Fred Upton of Michigan, Hal Rogers of Kentucky and Peter King of New York) better recognize: This is the last line in the sand.
There’s literally nothing after this …
As students of World War II (and the Eastern Front in particular), we recall that in the fall of 1942, Soviet troops under the leadership of Vasily Chuikov mounted a ferocious, block-by-block defense of the city of Stalingrad against Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Sixth Army. Situated on the banks of the Volga River, Stalingrad was a key Soviet industrial center and strategic conquest. Its capture would have also been essential to securing the German flank for future advances on the oil-rich Russian caucuses – not to mention shutting down a vital pipeline of foreign aid for the battered Russian people.
From a propaganda standpoint, the city also bore the name of Hitler’s archenemy – Joseph Stalin.
In defending Stalingrad from the fury of Hitler’s Wehrmacht during the bleak days of November 1942, Russian soldiers adopted a saying to lift their sagging spirits.
“For us, there is no land behind the Volga,” the expression went.
In other words, there was nowhere left for them to retreat: Either they stood their ground or they perished.
Don’t look now, GOP … but you’re there.