It seems that Speaker Ryan and most of his fellow Republicans in the House have yet to understand what happened in the 2016 presidential election.
They seem not to have understood that Americans do not want to be told by the national government that they must buy government-approved insurance; that they must buy coverage for care that they do not need or want; that they are not stupid enough to believe that any policy with a $5,000-to-$8,000 deductible can possibly be regraded as insurance; that their premiums will only go up because insurance cannot be bought in states where it is cheapest (surely a violation of the interstate commerce clause); or that their national government has the right to confiscate their earnings and use the money to assure that illegal immigrants, unvetted refugees, and slackers receive healthcare better than their own and that provided for veterans.
They also seem to forget that, once again, the American people know that they are shackled to this whole socialist and meant-to-be bankrupting plan of nationalized healthcare only because of one unaccountable Supreme Court Chief Justice. (NB: This was not a banner week for Court. A 14-year-old girl in Maryland was raped in school lavatory by an illegal alien who was on the scene only because of a diktat by the Court’s unaccountable autocrats that said all of us must pay for non-citizen criminals to attend school so they can endanger young U.S. citizens.)
Enter the Freedom Caucus, God bless ’em. Implicitly asking Mr. Ryan and their colleagues why they are so damn dumb, most of the Caucus stood their ground and forced Ryan to withdraw his bill before it could be voted down. The Freedom Caucus has never demonstrated to greater effect that it truly knows what freedom, liberty, and the Constitution mean, and that the people who elected President Trump want him and his party to reclaim and then defend those things on their behalf. The simpering Mr. Ryan and his supporters, on the other hand, continue to regard the citizenry as dupes who will not recognize another bag of Obama-Care lawlessness simply because it is wrapped with a Republican ribbon.
Perhaps the most detestable words voiced by Mr. Ryan and his supporters were their references to “polls” that showed Americans really just wanted the “improvement” of Obama Care. These polls, of course, were taken by the same scoundrel organizations that constructed polls before the election based on over-sampling Democrats, and whose results showed that another criminal named Clinton would win in a walk. But again, Mr. Ryan and the so-called “moderate Republicans” — that is, those who want to enslave Americans and rob their wallets only “moderately” — demonstrated their deep faith in, and contempt for the stupidity of Americans by referring to the corrupt polls and the need they showed to create a healthcare system that can be approved by “all Americans.” Which is another way of saying that the national government knows what is best for all of us, and so the people will get what government wants to give them and not what they demanded — the root-and-branch repeal of Obama Care.
As for you, President Trump, you better be schooled by the old Irish-American proverb of my youth, “Ya gotta dance wit da guy dat brung ya.” And you were “brung” to the presidency by Americans who believe what the Freedom Caucus demanded, the utter annihilation of Obama Care, and its replacement by a non-socialist, non-bankrupting, non-enslaving, and minimalist healthcare system that lets Americans decide how, where, and if their money for healthcare should be spent.
Ryan and most of his Caucus, Mr. President, are no different than the Democrats. They talk smaller-government but never deliver; they talk lower taxes but — you watch and see — will not deliver; they talk less war but will always expand NATO and agitate for more military interventionism; they oppose abortion — another one-vote, Supreme Court sanction for murder — but do next to nothing to end it; and they champion the Bill of Rights but support unconstitutional “hate speech” laws, allowed Obama to trash the Constitution for eight years, and probably will vote to censor the internet. In short, Mr. President, you have fallen in with scum that is — with the exception of the Freedom Caucus — only slightly less malodorous and pestilential for liberty than the Democrats.
You certainly must know, Mr. President, that it is the ideas, values, and plans for domestic policy proclaimed by yourself and the Freedom Caucus that won you and the Republican Party the election. The success of Mr. Ryan’s bill would have told your supporters that Trump and his party are just more of the same charlatans, and that voters were wrong to believe that Trump meant to do what he said he would so. It is Ryan and the main Republican caucus that must begin to think, and then vote, on domestic issues, as the Freedom Caucus does, and not vice versa. All Republicans, after all, were elected because you advocated the domestic policies that have been consistently advanced by the Freedom Caucus and everyday Americans, both of which are blessed — unlike the Congress — with God’s greatest gifts, commonsense and a fierce love for liberty, family, and the republic.