I am not a member of your party but I saw something last week that you need to pay attention to. I know – you’re on defcon-10 right now. What more can you handle? Well, I ask you to shine a mirror on yourself right now and assess yourselves honestly.
The “defeat” of the AHCA is a REALLY important moment. (Tho technically not a defeat as it never went to vote, but I digress) The ACA lives, yay! Right? Hooray! Everyone is happy! But pump those brakes really quick. What happened to the Republicans was not a failure of want or desire. It was not a “victory for citizens”. It was the result of a protest without purpose.
It’s SUPER EASY to be the resistance. Make a sign. March. Resist. Vote No. Say No. Every time. No matter what they say – just say NO as loud as possible back. This plan means you don’t need to hear them or listen or consider. Frankly it’s kind of fun. I’ve been doing a bit of it myself lately. JUST SAY NO to whatever 45 says, or thinks, or wants. That’s what the GOP has been doing with regards to the ACA. Fight, Sue, Repeal, NO! But what happens when they get their moment – EVERYTHING is on their side. The stage is set. The curtains draw and outcomes Speaker Ryan with his sleeves rolled up and some charts (all “hard work happenin’-like”) and he lays an egg. A big fat egg.
There was no plan. There was no consensus built among his OWN party for what they wanted. They just “didn’t want the ACA”. I would venture they didn’t want it mainly because of the nickname “Obamacare” and they simply couldn’t have that. (remember? RESIST! NO!) They just knew they didn’t want whatever it was.
Don’t forget too – that there are people who have insurance thru the ACA and would happily give it back, happily go back to the risky life sans-insurance. There are people whose premiums are SKYROCKETING to a point where the family budget is in real trouble. So this isn’t a validation of the ACA. When the CBO shouts about the number of people who would lose their insurance, there are a measurable number of those who WANT to lose their insurance. (and yes there are also a measurable number who don’t know the ACA and Obamacare are the same thing . . .I know.)
But here’s the deal – what failed the Republicans was their lack of common goal, built on shared vision and truly designed plan. Whatever may come of the 45th’s administration that may royally fry your cheese don’t be fooled into thinking that simply resisting is enough. What is happening to the GOP right now is a cautionary tale. Work together. Remain focused. Unite. It’s your only hope when the stage is set for YOU to roll your sleeves up and present.