A president whose approval rating is under 50 percent after only one year in office and a Congress whose approval rating is under 30 percent have just forced a massive change in our culture that was rejected by 100 percent of the opposition party's congressional delegation and a clear majority of the American people.
This has nothing to do with representative democracy. We have just witnessed a blatant attempt by the left to hijack our government using the most cynical of arguments: The ends justify the means. This has been tried by leftist "progressive" thugs before in a different form. In the 1960s and 1970s, the left used domestic terrorist groups such as the Weather Underground and the Symbionese Liberation Army to force their socialist agenda on an unwilling American public.
The nation rejected overt violence in the name of progressivism during that period, and I am confident that the nation will similarly reject the legislative violence perpetrated by Democrats.
The Founding Fathers included a requirement for a Senate supermajority to pass major legislation as a means to prevent wild swings in our laws without overwhelming support. That concept has been declared null and void by today's Democratic Party.
President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may congratulate themselves today on the parliamentary tricks and accounting gimmicks used to "pass" their health-care abomination, but millions of thinking Americans who still care about our Constitution and the rule of law will not accept this abuse of power. Legal challenges have already sprung up in dozens of states, and enraged Americans by the millions will double their effort to remove this stain on our democracy.
It is time for patriotic Americans to take a stand and turn this debacle into a bloodbath for the Democrats in November.
James A. Wilde, M.D.