July 18, 2017 was a difficult day for me. I have lost confidence in the ability of the Republican Party to accomplish anything. I did x-rays (I’m a radiologist) on all Republican Senators to see if, as a group, they could come up with 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral, and (4) coccygeal vertebrae – i.e., the makings of a single spine. They couldn’t.
This is the 2245th post of The Rugged Individualist. That took a great deal of effort. I strongly considered making this my very last post when I learned that:
- The Republican Senate cannot pass a repeal and replace bill for Obamacare (after 7 years of promising us that they would and after being given control of the House, Senate, and Presidency)(Footnote)
- The Republican Senate cannot pass a straight repeal of Obamacare (after they all voted for it in 2015 when they knew their votes didn’t matter)
- They are trying to stop any floor vote on repeal so that they do not actually have to cast a vote which will be recorded for all posterity
- And last but not least, the California legislature (I live in California) passed a “Cap and Trade” Bill. But, the kicker is that 6 Republicans crossed over in support of the bill.
I took the time to go back and read my very first post (October 15, 2010). I said this: “I hate it when someone defines themselves as a Republican or Democrat or as a liberal or conservative. I will state that I vote Republican, but only because I believe that the Republican Party is our last best hope to turn America around. That may change if the Republican Party does not take the opportunity to return to American founding principles.”
So, they talked a “big game.” But, that appears to be the extent of their abilities. And in a battle of “talking a big game” the Democrats will eat them alive!
Here are my predictions. We will: 1. End up with Obamacare. 2. The Republicans will help to “fix” Obamacare which means they will vote with Democrats to bail out health insurers. 3. If anything “bad” happens due to this fiasco the Democrats will successfully blame it on the Republicans. 4) But before any of that begins the Democrats and the left-wing-media are going to kick the Republicans bloody while they’re down – start by reading the opinions in the Washington Post today. Oh well, they deserve it!
And, by the by, I decided not to quit posting for two reasons. Reason 1: My son who originally convinced me that I had something to say and set up The Rugged Individualist website for me as a birthday gift said that it was time for me to “double down” rather than quit. And Reason 2: One of my very best former coworkers commented on yesterday’s post: “Thank you, Roy! I always learn something from you. You are amazing!” As someone who spent 40-plus years as a teacher, that had a profound impact.
These are people I cannot let down. So you’re still stuck with me for a while longer.