DC Trawler

Democrats do their best Borg impression

You remember the Borg: “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” That’s what they told their opponents, and then they wandered around blank-eyed and said the same things over and over, completely oblivious to outside data. Or even Data. Well, now that the House has voted to repeal Obamacare, the Dems are doing their best to continue that fine Borg tradition, insisting that they’re just too powerful to stop and you might as well not even try.

John Hinderaker at Power Line explains:

The left’s party line is that the vote is only symbolic since repeal won’t pass the Senate; therefore, House Republicans are wasting their time.

Nothing, in my view, could be further from the truth. The Democrats jammed Obamacare through Congress during the small window of time when they had 60 votes in the Senate. They knew the bill was unpopular, but they also knew that the chance to set in train a government takeover of medicine might never come again. So they rammed the bill through, hoping that once it was enacted it would be viewed as a fait accompli, and believing that the electoral losses that would follow would be a sacrifice well worth making in order to plant the government’s flag in the health care industry.

At this point, the main argument in favor of Obamacare is that it is a done deal. We can’t repeal it, the left says, so we may as well sit back and enjoy it rather than making “symbolic” gestures. Eventually, liberals hope that opposition will die down. That is why today’s vote was so important: active opposition is the key to keeping Obamacare in play until such time as it can actually be repealed.

Reid and Pelosi and the rest will continue to assert that their will is inviolate. Maybe they even believe it. But after last November, it rings hollow. Obamacare passed by only 7 votes in the House, but the repeal passed 245-189. People don’t want it, and their representatives are listening. If the Senate and the White House continue to go against the will of the people, we’ll talk back in November 2012. We’ll tell them:

Resistance is inevitable. You will be evicted.