By a show of rolled eyes, how many of you out there reading this are surprised in the least that the Senate, in all of its infinite majesty and wisdom, failed to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare?
In case you missed it, on Thursday morning the Senate in Washington, D.C., by vote of 51-49, stopped a repeal of the law.
For more than a year, the Republicans, particularly President Trump, have been campaigning and saying they would do that very thing. Heck, over the last seven years, there have been a number of votes in both houses doing just that.
Yet when it actually came to a time where this actually counted, and there was a president who actually would follow through and sign the bill, they choked.
I have to day they choked on purpose.
The bulk of the blame for this crushing defeat is being laid at the feet of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, but really, a full-blown, honest-to-God killing of that horrific piece of legislation was never going to happen.
Not even a little.
See, it’s kind of an adage that once the government gets its hooks into something, it never lets go. This is particularly true when the government is trying to control one-sixth of the country’s economy. And in spectacular and dramatic fashion, our “representatives” in government let us down.
Sure, they’ll be all manner of breast-beating and recriminations, and surely social media will explode with all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly things, and then some other thing will crop up and this will be pushed away.
When your elected officials come around the next time, they will tell you they tried, really, and of course, both John Cornyn and Ted Cruz did vote to end the law, but in the end, Obamacare remains in place.
So all those promises about helping the poor working stiffs and small businesses that are being crushed by costs of insurance are now only so many words, whispered to the ether and gone forever.
A little dramatic, to be sure, but apropos nonetheless.
So what’s next? If you’re looking to keep this a front-burner issue, then there’s only one solution. Contact your legislators, and remind them that they serve us, not lead us.
Remind them that they were elected not to take over and destroy all segments of society, but to fix what’s broken and to protect our borders.
If all of this ends up being a failure, then come election time, fire them. Toss them out on their ears and find people willing to honor their commitments and honor the Constitution.
If not, then this kind of thing the government does to us will only grow, and we’ll only have ourselves to blame.
Tony Farkas is editor and publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.