If You’re Reading This, You Are the Resistance

ObamaCare has passed, to the sound of thunderous applause from the socialists who are trampling upon the principles that have been the foundation of our country since its inception. This monstrosity, deemed “health care reform” by its statist champions, is the largest government takeover of the American economy in our history and the first time that government has ever tried to unconstitutionally force Americans to buy goods and services.

Our next step must be to rally in support of the courageous state attorneys general throughout this country who will challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate. We everyday Americans must also fight, through the Republican Party, to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with constitutional, market-based solutions to Americans’ health care problems. If we hope to roll back this blow to our constitutional republic, it is imperative that we elect Republicans to the House and Senate this November, and that we start working now to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.

It is also imperative that we recognize that this fight for our country is far from over. They will not stop at ObamaCare. They will fight for their so-called “climate change” legislation, which is really an ecosocialist plot to pass the biggest tax increase in American history and plunge our economy into the worst crisis it has ever faced. They will fight for amnesty for illegal aliens, so that their dreams of a permanent majority — now jeopardized by their overt radicalism — can finally be realized in the only way possible, through theft and fraud. They will fight for countless changes, great and small, that will undermine the liberal democratic principles upon which our republic was built.

We must fight them every step of the way. And the only way we can fight them is to elect common sense conservative Republicans to the House and Senate this year, and to work to find the right candidate to make Barack Obama a one term president.

In pursuit of these goals, in the coming days From the Rust Belt will welcome new contributors. These contributors are individuals who believe in the mission of this blog, to advance conservative principles — that is, constitutional principles — and to promote political leaders within the Republican Party who adhere to those principles. They will work with me, and with you, to fight to take back the Republican Party, to take back Ohio, and to take back America for the people of this country and the fundamental principles of our republic. We know that we are the resistance. We also know that we cannot win this fight alone.

If you’re reading this, you are the resistance. Every single man, woman, and child in this country must wake up and recognize what Barack Obama and his socialists in Congress are doing and fight them every step of the way. Every American must engage in a second Velvet Revolution to halt the forward march of Karl Marx’s ghost. You, and I, and every other American must take to the streets in peaceful protest. You, and I, and every other American must pound the pavement for candidates who will restore our republic. You, and I, and every other American must vote in primary and general elections at every level of government for candidates who will fight this fight with us every step of the way.

You are the resistance. America is depending on you. Look at everything she has done for you. Do what you can now for her, so that your children and grandchildren don’t wake up in an America in which the American Dream is nothing more than a dream, buried deep in the minds of enslaved and asleep citizens lulled into their slumber by the empty promises of big government.

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  • Alfonse Battistelli  On March 31, 2010 at 4:36 am

    The reform is not a government takeover of health care, it is government regulating the existing private maket. This reform creates “capitalism with a human face” in our health care system.

    The current market-based solution in the health insurance industry is to deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions and let them suffer or die. That is the business model that sprung forth from a deregulated market. Health insurance has been successful as a business, but its success is based upon denying people access to care.

    Your take on what may be “Constitutional” doesn’t mean a whole lot to somebody who can’t get coverage in today’s market. My experience and education has taught me that moral and practical arguments are more compelling than strictly Constitutional ones.

    I.E. The supporters of slavery used the Constitution to justify slavery. Yet, Abraham Lincoln still issued the Emancipation Proclaimation as a wartime measure. He was technically depriving people of property without due process of law. Yet, the slaves were thankful.

    I.E. Abraham Lincoln’s inital call for troops when the southern states seceded violated the war powers clause in the Constitution. (Only Congress has the right to declare war.) Yet, he still did it and we were better off because of it.

    From a business, moral, and practical perspective, forcing people to buy insurance creates a big enough pool of money to cover everybody. Without forcing people to buy it, only sick people will get insurance and then the insurance companies go out of business.

    Mitt Romney knew this. His legacy appears on the Massachusetts state website, “All Massachusetts residents are required to maintain health insurance. Health care reform works to improve the cost and quality of health care.” Reform has proven to be a success there.

    Consider these questions in your future postings: Is it ok for Massachusetts to require its citizens to have health insurance, but not the nation? Why or why not? Since Massachusetts is forcing people to buy goods and services, will you argue for the dismantling of the successful reform in Massachusetts as well as the nation?

    All in all, as you experience more in your life, you will understand that the real world is a much more complex place than what scripture, laws, and even the Constitution can provision for.

    P.S. I admire your advocacy for things that are important in life and your reverence for the written word.

    • Nate Nelson  On March 31, 2010 at 5:25 am

      1. ObamaCare is most certainly a government takeover of health care. The fact that it uses private insurance makes no difference. Private insurance is now effectively completely under governmental control, and thus is not private anymore at all. All so that this can masquerade as capitalism. It’s not.

      2. One market-based solution to our health care problems, although certainly not the only one, is to eliminate the barriers to selling health insurance across state lines. That’s something the federal government could actually do under the Commerce Clause. You talk about “a deregulated market,” but such an animal did not exist prior to ObamaCare and did not exist for some time prior to that (if it ever actually existed). It is not that a free health care market has been tried and found lacking, it is that it has not been tried at all.

      3. I can’t even begin to fathom your dismissal of the Constitution. I would ask you where in the Constitution the federal government derives the power to force Americans to buy goods and services, but your comment tells me that you don’t really care whether this is constitutional or not. What that tells me is that you prefer majority rule over rule of law. If that’s the case, we likely will not agree on much of anything.

      4. Presidents have often been granted broader power during war time when such is necessary. Apples and oranges.

      5. Mitt Romney is a tool.

      6. Regarding your questions about Massachusetts, I can’t definitively answer them because I’m not familiar with the Massachusetts constitution. What I can say is that there is nothing in the federal constitution, at least to my knowledge, that would prohibit a state from instituting a health insurance mandate. In fact, it would seem to me that the Tenth Amendment would prevent the federal government from making such a prohibition. The Constitution doesn’t give the federal government the power to force Americans to buy goods and services, but (to my knowledge) it also doesn’t give the federal government the power to prevent states from doing so.

      With that said, I do not like RomneyCare anymore than I like ObamaCare (as was probably clear with my previous “Mitt Romney is a tool” statement). ObamaCare is essentially RomneyCare at the federal level, with very few differences save one — that Governor Romney was not violating his oath of office when he signed RomneyCare into law.

      7. Reform has most certainly not proven to be successful in Massachusetts. I may do a post on this soon.

      8. In regard to your P.S., thanks and you too. Also, I always appreciate that you are able to argue in a civil manner.

  • Russ  On April 7, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Great post Nate.

    “5. Mitt Romney is a tool.”


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