We never would have deemed this possible

Outcome of health-care bill will show whether America is in the grip of the people or of opportunistic lawmakers

 

Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Democratic failure to approve health-care reform could destroy Barack Obama's presidency.

Commentator Bill O'Reilly predicts passing it will do the same thing.

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans oppose the bill -- and a growing number believe that, and the cynical process being used to pass it, is endangering not only the American way of life but our system of representative government.

Astoundingly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually admitted to reporters, "Nobody wants to vote for the Senate bill." Yet, she has been promoting a "deem and pass" approval of that bill in the House, in which members wouldn't actually vote on the Senate bill but would "deem" it passed for the purposes of approving an impending change of the bill by senators.

You might expect that kind of contemptuous disdain for the rule of law and the people's will in a Third World dictatorship. It is quite without precedent in the United States of America.

Indeed, if Democrats use sleight-of-hand tactics to enact a federal government takeover of health care this weekend -- pretending in the U.S. House that they've passed the Senate bill when they really haven't, and "approving" a massive bill few will have read -- then Americans will likely take to the streets in protest.

Moreover, dozens of states are already taking legislative or legal action to prevent this unprecedented power-grab by the federal government.

And either way, after seeing the arrogance and chicanery in Washington throughout this process, they will undoubtedly take their righteous outrage to the ballot box later this year.

Throughout the past year-plus, Democrats have set one deadline after another on health-care reform, creating one artificial crisis after another designed to intimidate members of Congress and the public into hasty decisions that will surely have unintended and unforeseeable consequences.

Your premiums will go up and your individual freedom will go down. And Massachusetts state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Timothy Cahill predicted the Democrats' bill "will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years."

But by all means, let's create a crushing deadline and ram it through.

The latest "deadline" for turning approximately one-sixth of the nation's economy on its head is this weekend.

Despite pretending it's what Americans want, when the polls scream otherwise, Democrats are attempting to stuff this 2,700-plus-page swamp thing through 1) before the Easter recess, hoping to avoid high-pitched interloping from their constituents back home and 2) without actually voting for it.

Only weeks ago Democrats were calling for a "simple up-or-down vote" on the bill. Now they're calling on David Copperfield to make the bill happen without a vote.

Why? Because they know Americans oppose it and they don't want traces of their DNA anywhere near it.

Except for those such as Rep. Kucinich of Ohio, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who have famously extracted some special foul-smelling favor from either congressional leaders or the White House itself in return for their support. Kucinich recently agreed to support this bill, even before he knows what's in it, after a high-profile visit from President Obama.

Many wonder why Kucinich, who lives a few miles to the left of just about everybody else in America, would do that. Could it be that he's been promised future steps toward the single-payer, government-run health care system he so desires?

Truth is, we don't know what nuggets of corruption are tucked in the bill. When Americans rebelled against Landrieu's "Louisiana Purchase" and Nelson's "Cornhusker Kickback," Democrats simply took the unseemly vote-buying indoors.

It seems as if everyone in the Democratic Party will get what he or she wants out of this process, but Americans will get the opposite.

We shall soon see whose country this is.

And exactly what gets destroyed and what doesn't.

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