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April 29, 2009
Romulans: The Star Trek Model for GOP Resistance
"This message isn't going to fool anybody."
Commander Sela: "I
don't need to fool them; just confuse them long enough for our troops to
reach the surface.”
Picard: "Do you
honestly expect that the Federation won't respond?"
Sela: "Of course
they will. But we will be there, entrenched. And we will be very
difficult to get out. Romulan control of Vulcan will simply become a way
The above exchange is
from the “Unification, Part 2” episode of Star Trek: The Next
Generation. Romulan Commander Sela displays a holographic Spock to
the captive Picard and the real Spock, giving a speech announcing that
three Vulcan ships (all stolen) arriving at Vulcan are a peace envoy.
The fake Spock will tell Vulcan to welcome the envoy, and the Romulan
troops concealed aboard will quickly overpower and conquer the planet,
or so Sela plans. The quoted dialogue then follows.
What does all this have
to do with politics? Answer: It's spot-on regarding the bottom-line
reality of facts on the ground, and what it really takes to repel and
stop a determined foe.
The Romulans didn't
need an elaborate ruse to completely hoodwink the Vulcans or a superior
strategy to force the Federation to stand down. All they needed to do
was get dug in, and demonstrate that removal would take more effort and
cost more lives than the Federation was willing to pay. If they could do
that much, victory would be theirs.
For the Federation's
part, they needed to stop naïvely discussing things and thinking the
Romulans could be reasoned with. The only thing that mattered was having
the will to remove them from Vulcan no matter what it took, and
displaying that so clearly that the Romulans might re-think their
So it is with stopping
Democratic attempts to seize entire sectors of the economy and society
and place them under control of the federal government. Currently,
Republicans are threatening to bring Senate business to a complete halt
for the rest of the two-year cycle should Democrats use the budget
reconciliation process to do an end-run around a filibuster where
socialized health care is concerned. While this is far more nerve than
they've managed to screw up before – i.e. none – it still misses the
point, and is a day late and a dollar short.
Any such slow-down
would be responsive, rather like closing the barn door after the horses
have escaped. Or, to use the above reference, rather like Picard's
question and Sela's response. Any GOP response would be after the
Democrats have already entrenched themselves and become very difficult
to remove. Socialized medicine, too, would simply become a way of life,
unless those who don't want it are willing to take some very drastic
measures and pay a high price to reverse or escape it.
In addition, the
contrast between the GOP's consideration of the “nuclear option” on
Democratic filibusters of judges and this situation could not be more
clear or revealing. With judges, the GOP merely brought up the
possibility, the Democrats and the media went nuts and the moderate
Republicans did what they always do – caved, with Sen. John McCain and
his “Gang of 14” pulling the rug out from under the whole thing.
With socialist health
care, you don't hear anywhere near the same level of rhetoric from the
wimpy GOP, the biased media naturally isn't uttering a peep, and I
assure you that the Democrats will not have anyone leave their ranks and
betray the effort – nor will their leadership have any hesitation or
misgivings about pulling the trigger on it. They relentlessly and
ruthlessly press their advantages when they have them.
They understand, as
Sela did, the reality of the facts on the ground. Just getting in
position will mean victory. And health care is just the appetizer.
Enviro-wacko totalitarianism and economic destruction in the form of
cap-and-trade and carbon emissions bills are the main course.
The Democratic trojan
horse must be stopped before it can get inside the city walls. Simply
threatening to shut down the Senate in response to health care isn't
enough, and it may well inspire the Democrats to stick even more awful
stuff in the budget reconciliation as a result. And then the shutdown
will stop exactly nothing.
In the Star Trek
episode, the Romulan invasion was stopped by Picard, Spock and Data
altering the holographic message and warning Vulcan, as well as the
Enterprise not being fooled by a Romulan ruse to lure them away. It
didn't come down to either getting the Romulans to not try, or having to
fight a war to forcibly remove them.
I'm not sure such a
third way is available here. If there is, then it's up to the GOP and
any of us who value liberty and freedom to sound the alarm loud and long
about the Democrats' real intentions, to dig in defensively and prevent
them from attaining beachheads, and to make it crystal clear that they
are far better served not to try (profoundly deaf ears upon which that
message will likely fall notwithstanding), as we are determined to bear
any burden and pay any price in order to remove them.
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