On March 8, 2011 a bill was brought up by John Boehner for a vote in the House of Representatives. This was one of the early bills brought to a vote by the new Republican House Speaker. The bill, if eventually passed into law, would have expanded Obama Care. Red State reported it, the mainstream media, including FOX News, did not.
This day in 2011 was the day our republic died. The significance of this bill was that it exposed a willingness on the part of John Boehner and the House establishment REPUBLICANS to actually vote to EXPAND the very program they were elected by the American people a mere 4 months earlier to "repeal, replace, or defund".
Two essential questions need to be asked regarding this vote:
1) Why in the world did John Boehner even bring this bill to a vote? (Was this a payback for a previous political deal?)
2) How did our respective Republican representatives vote?
95 establishment REPUBLICANS supported this bill as it eventually passed in the House. Sadly for those of us in Missouri, the Congressional Record shows that with the exception of Billy Long the entire Missouri Republican delegation voted FOR the bill. Among those casting a "yea" vote from Missouri was now establishment Senate candidate Todd Akin.
This vote was a canary in a coal mine. It should have served as an early indication to the American people that the Republican House we had just ushered in to power in 2010 had neither the political will nor the courage to stand on principle and fight to do whatever it took to stop Obama Care in its tracks. This lack of political will was later demonstrated throughout 2011 when this same Republican House cut deals with the Democrats to pass a series of CRs which raised the debt while funding the government through FY12. These 2011 CR deals funded early Obama Care programs, Planned Parenthood, the EPA, and a list of agencies and departments as long as Todd Akin's arm that all Republicans will be campaigning against between now and November 6. Pledges and promises from any Republican who voted for the Obama Care expansion bill or any of the ensuing CRs (For the record - the CR votes implicate Missouri’s Billy Long as well) should be taken with a grain of salt in light of their voting record in 2011. House establishment Republicans extended a funding life-line to Obama Care throughout 2011 to get us to the point of relying on the opinion of a single Supreme Court Justice. So here we are, getting what we deserve because we allowed the Republicans we elected in 2010 to allow it to happen.
Contrary to the opinion of some, John Roberts did not kill our constitutional republic with his ruling on June 28 2012. It had been dead for over a year at that point, at least since March 8 2011 if not before then. We just didn't realize it. We had put our trust in the newly elected Republican House of Representatives then essentially ignored their exploits throughout 2011 merely because of the (R) next to their name. Although I do not agree in any way with Roberts’ ruling, we got what we deserved for putting all our faith in the Republican establishment in November of 2010 then failing to hold them to their words on Obama Care during 2011. Instead of insisting that the House use the power of the purse 1n 2011 to grind the government to a halt in order to force the Dems to come to the table to negotiate on Obama Care, conservatives whistled past the graveyard as the establishment Republicans cut deals with the Democrat devils to fund Obama Care and increase the debt in order to avoid the political blow-back of "shutting down the government" in support the goal of electing more Republicans in 2012, all the while hoping the courts would bail us out of the Obama Care mess.
Result: It's 2012. Obama Care is now enshrined as the law of the land. The establishment House Republicans who played us for fools and voted to keep the Obama Care ball in the air by funding it in 2011 are running for re-election on the issue of repealing the very Obama Care legislation in 2012 that they shamelessly voted to FUND, and even EXPAND, throughout 2011. Are we awake yet, or is the Republic truly dead?