There are principles worth fighting for in all these debates. There are battles worth taking on here with health care, the future direction of our military, and how to create a business-friendly climate for the creation of much-needed jobs — all these need to have solid policy prescriptions. When we feel that our concerns are not being addressed by the President and Congress, it is our responsibility and our obligation as citizens to speak out and demand alternatives. It’s not about demonizing anyone or name-calling. It’s about stopping bad policy before it’s too late to change course. There are those who would say that unity is the ultimate goal and bipartisanship is the ideal objective in our politics. I believe that America is strong enough to handle differences in opinion, no matter how passionately felt on either side. We don’t get a stronger America by embracing groupthink merely to get along with our liberal / conservative friends and colleagues.
Some issues cannot be open to compromise if we care about the future of this great country. Health care is one of those issues. Giving government more control over that part of the private sector, whether it is through excessive regulation or partial nationalization, is a horrible idea. Our battle is not with our fellow Americans. The battle, my friends, is with the entrenched Washington insiders playing games with the federal budget and trying to force policies on us that will continue to damage our economy. If that makes me someone who is mean, evil, and (oh no!) not compassionate, then I wear the badge with honor and distinction, and ask my fellow conservative malcontents to do the same.
Disagree? Feel free to comment.