My friends and I refuse to give in to despair regarding the Supreme Court ruling

Many people are asserting that, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, the end is near.  I see that in op-eds, in blog posts, and in my email box.  America’s constitutional experiment is over, they say.  They might be right.  Or not.

But here’s the deal:  if we give in to despair now, they not only might be right, they will be right.  Our political will is currently the only thing standing between a constitutional America and another failed socialist state.  If we collapse now, we’ve lost.  Or, more simply, winners never quit, and quitters never win.

My last two posts about the Supreme Court ruling might be Pollyanna-ish, as I struggle to find a justification for Judge Roberts’ decision (or more accurately, a justification that doesn’t involve drugs, insanity, and blackmail), but they’re necessary.  They’re necessary for my mental health, but they’re also necessary for the conservative movement in America.  Frankly, if we give up now, we don’t deserve a voice in our country’s future.  We’re wusses, who whine and then do nothing.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.  My friend Lulu send me an email that says much the same, and she said I could reprint it here:

Last night I was feeling down about Roberts’ dismaying, incomprehensible betrayal. I felt angry that the fate of our country could ride on the shoulders of one man’s bad decision. Conservatives had enjoyed months of seeing an increasingly unhinged Obama getting closer and closer to a public meltdown. Now we got to again see him strutting and puffing, full of himself and his own grandiosity.

Then I had these comforting thoughts. Obama’s personal victory comes at the price of a law that the majority of Americans don’t want, which diminishes our freedom, and is expensive for the middle class. Romney is a clever man who has run a clever campaign. He will hammer relentlessly on, not only the economy, but on the massive tax we are about to be loaded with to have forced on us something we don’t want. Conservatives are energized and livid.

The victory is Wisconsin hasn’t gone away. The Unions are challenged as never before. We need to be relentless there, and courageous, and continue to point out how the Wisconsin economy revived. We were riding elated after Wisconsin, now they are, but behind Wisconsin was a proven successful economy. Behind ObamaCare is a hugely unpopular and expensive albatross. Defend that.

Here’s what we need to do. Every Conservative should donate to the Romney campaign and to at least one candidate for Senate and the House. Get involved on the grass-roots level in the campaigns. Volunteer.

Do what we can to infiltrate the media. Imagine what an attractive, intelligent black Conservative woman, like Star Parker, could do with a daytime talk show, educating and promoting articulately her ideas on patriotism and self-sufficiency to stay-at-homes and fellow African-Americans. Breitbart always said that Sarah Palin would be the Conservative Oprah. Why not a campaign to get her on TV?

Conservatives, encourage your kids to go into education, to run for the school board, to become administrators. Fight back with numbers.

And expose, expose, expose their lie of being tolerant every time they give the finger to Reagan in the Whitehouse or mock Mormons in a Broadway play, and etc. Inundate the networks with protests

Arise folks, and fight like your country depends on it.

Blogs can  lead the way by helping let us know what we can do, numbers we can call, and by giving us a forum to expose.

A sleeping giant woke with the tea party. Now it is furious. We must Educate, educate, educate.

Giving up is the easy way out.  We need to work harder than ever now.  If nothing else, hard work will keep us from feeling sorry for ourselves.

Please pardon me if I seem like a scold here, but the conservative counter-revolution to the 60s’ counter-culture revolution needs to start somewhere.  We’re at the starting line for the race of our lives, the gun has sounded, and we have to run.  Run hard, run fast.

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  • Marica

    Instead of taking a nap yesterday afternoon– which is preferred inactivity when it’s 100+ in the shade– I read the Constitution. I’m trying. This afternoon I think I’ll read the Declaration of Independence and focus on the grievances.

  • Danny Lemieux

    All it would take is for each of us (conservatives, libertarians, etc.) to convince ONE PERSON on the other side of the merits to our position, between now and November.

    I am already working on it through a very Liberal facebook friend’s page. 

    However, it is incumbent upon us to offer sound alternatives, not just to whine about what is wrong about Obamacare. Maybe we should post on that…for example, here are the primary reasons I find that people on the Liberal side are very happy with Obamacare:

    1) Preexisting conditions
    2) The “uninsured”.
    3) Fear of being bankrupted from needing a major operation


  • Earl

    BW:  I agree with Lulu, and the part I liked BEST about her letter was the first line:
    “Last night I was feeling down about Roberts’ dismaying, incomprehensible betrayal.”
    If we are to fight with what it takes to win, we have to recognize things for what they are.  She’s got it. 
    CJ Roberts’ problem was that he didn’t care to recognize the law he was judging for the unconstitutional mess it so clearly was/is.  He worked VERY hard to see it as what he wanted it to be (and I don’t care two hoots about his reasons) and then he judged it on that basis. 
    It was a betrayal.  Every conservative, and particularly Mitt Romney, needs to read Ann Coulter’s 2005 column about the nomination of Roberts over and over and over again.  And then BE conservative.
    Although I’ll be voting for him in November as well as donating to his campaign and doing what I can to get him elected, I’m not convinced that Romney is all that conservative.

  • Caped Crusader

    When I was 7 the battle cry was, “Remember Pearl Harbor”.
    Remember how dejected we were  after the 2008 election and all the pundits said the era of conservatism was over for good? And how quickly it reversed in 2010 due to a still free peasant revolt?
    We need a new battle cry, so let’s have some creative suggestions. If a strong union muscle state such as Wisconsin can turn, any state can also! ON LIKE WISCONSIN!!, to steal their marching song, until better comes along.
    But we must never again accept anyone who is not a tried and true Conservative in any leadership or judicial  position and the thought of breaking ranks should be so fearful and loathsome that none dare try it, for this is how the other side operates and succeeds. Fire must be fought with fire, and the first time Romney strays we should blister his Bay State pansy ass so bad he will never try it again!

  • roylofquist

    I think that Justice Roberts’ decision was just right – eminently so. He firmly rejected judicial activism, the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. The ruling that the Act was justified under the Taxation Power means that further actions by Congress, including repeal, can proceed under reconciliation rules which means no filibuster.

    The significant “wave” elections over the last century occurred in 1932, 1952, 1980 and 2010. Note the generational time gaps: 20 years,  28 years and 30 years. In 1994 the Congress shifted to long term Republican control for the first time in 62 years – directly as a result of “Hillarycare”.

    In 1932, 1980 and 2010  there was high unemployment and general economic distress. 1952 featured the Korean “police action”. In 2012 we have long term high unemployment, the loss of 40% of household assets, very low growth, an unpopular war in Afghanistan, nasty fallout from Libya and a very unpopular farbishment of health care. 

    Tsunami time! 

  • jj

    You’ll find that very annoying, Marcia.  The Declaration is a list of reasons for going to war: things that so pissed off the colonists that they were willing to risk everything to tell the mother country to f*** off.  There are twenty-seven specific beefs set forth in the Declaration.  They still sound reasonable.  They sound reasonable, in dismayingly large part, because so many of them can be leveled against the present federal government of the United States with precisely the same felicity of purpose that they were leveled against George III. (Except that George III was a rank amateur compared to FDR and LBJ.)
    American Civics calls the Declaration of Independence a “living document.”  All too goddam true.  Reading it will  piss you off, but we’re at a stage in American history – again – where “pissed off” may be the best way to be.

  • expat

    Did ACA do anything to alleviate the enormous costs caused by malpractice insurance and frivolous lawsuits that make scum like John Edwards into millionaires? It seems that there is some low-hanging fruit that ought to be picked before installing death panels.

  • Rick Z

    Notwithstanding all the undoubted long-term tactical brilliance of the decision, there’s no putting lipstick on this pig. The American people lost bigtime.

    In Washington, that insular Disneyland for the dangerously self-important, Roberts can now enjoy his new-found status. He now has the admiration from all his NPR-listening, WaPo-reading, rent-seeking neighbors. Bully for him. 

    Now the heavy-lifting is up to us.

    But not that it will matter.  

    What I’m afraid of is that even if we gain the White House and the Senate come January, all the institutional impediments to replace and repeal will have gained the high ground, and true reform will become impossible. 


  • Ymarsakar

    Whether the Democrats control Congress or not, is not all that important in the end run.

  • Bookworm

    It took us decades to get into this mess, which means that it may take us decades to get out of this mess, one incremental step at a time.  But if we take no steps at all, we stay in the mess.

  • Marica

    jj: Reading it will  piss you off, but we’re at a stage in American history – again – where “pissed off” may be the best way to be.

    Yes. I read them (the grievances in the Declaration of Independence)  every  so often and get pissed each time. That’s the point of the exercise. Don’t become complacent. 

  • Danny Lemieux

    Somehow, Book, I think financial realities will intrude sooner rather than later. We may get out of this mess faster than anticipated but in a whole lot more painful way. As other Lemieux say up in Canada way, “Ca pue!”

  • Earl

    Rick Z:  Hear, hear.  Except for the “tactical brilliance” part — it’s an unmitigated disaster.
    BW: Are you suggesting that Roberts’ decision represents a step out of the mess?  I disagree.  So does John Yoo, here:
    Can you show us where Yoo got it wrong? It sounds bulletproof to me – no short term gain (for Roberts, perhaps, but not for America) and no long-term gain for either. America has again been shoved a bit farther down the hill toward tyranny, and historians are going to fillet and grill Roberts for this monstrous decision.

  • Ymarsakar

    Those historians won’t be grilling anyone, since they’ll be employed by the Leftist totalitarian People’s Democracy of America.