Small Victory, but Victory Nonetheless

President scraps consideration of controversial healthcare proposal for wounded veterans

This is the sort of thing I’ve been talking about. Of course, the press reports of the president’s consideration of the controversial plan to require reimbursement of the Department of Veterans Affairs for wounded veterans’ medical care were simply an example of an intentionally crafted “trial balloon,” a public relations measure used to test the waters with regard to a particular concept, proposal, idea or plan.

That doesn’t matter. What matters is that we all recognized the test run, raised a stink about it, and the folks who floated the “trial balloon” dropped it, realizing that it was a bad idea to begin with.

This is what I’ve been talking about for a long time now, especially since the election. We can fight this president, administration and Congress issue by issue. At best, we’ll see something like this happen, with a particular proposal scrapped in its embryonic stages. More likely, we’ll see what we saw with the House Republicans in the “stimulus” fight — a loss for sure, but a loss which showed in the long run that the GOP works best when it returns to first principles. Either way, it’s the fight which solidifies us on the right, and separates us from those on the left known for their gelatinous spines.

While this particular veterans healthcare plan may never have been truly intended by the Democrats to have been put into effect, I don’t care. What I’ve seen over the past few days shows me that we’re more powerful than many think, and that we can indeed have a hand–even a small one–in the direction in which this country is headed.

As we push forth, of course, we’re going to have disappointments. More non-stimulus packages. A renewed Assault Weapons Ban. And going forth we’re also going to have real street-fights, comprehensive immigration reform being only one of them. In our position, we can only control so much — let’s make sure we do what we can to not only bring the ruckus when we need to, but solidify our cause and message in time for 2010.

The Battle of Ticonderoga at the start of the American Revolution may not have been the biggest battle, or the most glorified victory–in fact, most people hail Saratoga as the first major American victory of the war– but when news of what Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys had done reached the American camps from Boston to Philadelphia and beyond, it became apparent even for a moment that the Redcoats could be beaten. Fort Ticonderoga would fall back into British hands over time, but the real damage was done.

We can do the same. Let’s hold out as best we can, take a few little victories here and there — but in 2010, we must make sure we vote ourselves some reinforcements.



  1. Laurie says:

    Jeff, as always an excellent write up. I agree with what you said; however, our heroes should be given more not less… the fact that our leader even thought (planned, trialed) this is an outrage to me.

    Thanks again Jeff for keeping me on track. Yes, we must take this one victory at a time…

  2. Anonymous says:

    i was talking with my neighbor yesterday telling her that i think i’m becoming a person on a first-name basis with Pitts, Spechter, Rohrer, Cox, the Mayor of Reading, etc..and while she laughed a little..she said “I don’t do that stuff any more…it never changes anything.”

    THAT is the kind of attitude and defeatism that we cannot give in to. It might not seem as if our lone voice can make a difference…but when voices are raised -the collective voice will be heard.

    Don’t give in to complaceny…let’s keep up the good fight. Our country is so worth it!


  3. DON'T TREAD ON ME says:

    To all this administrations ‘hooie’, I simply say “HOOAH”. Against all enemies, foreign AND domestic we are here for you people.

  4. Celia in TX says:

    I liked this sentiment, Jeff, and I have to tell you, it was very timely.

    A month ago, with regards to the stimulus, I was a flurry of writing letters and emails….even faxes. Since that stimulus package passed, though, I had been pretty down about it writing more, I had been too mentally tired to remain tenacious.

    But 2 nights ago, I did sent letters to my representatives and to the president voicing my displeasure over this “idea”, and I also sent a letter over another issue.

    You are right, we will not see our principles reflected in every new decision, not by far, but we can’t give up, we have to remain tenacious, and we can’t let ourselves get mentally tired.

  5. Mairi says:

    I always say this, Jeff, “Never watch Barack’s right hand, ALWAYS watch his left.”
    Same holds true of his “double speak”. If he intends to save the money he thinks he can save by throwing our military under the bus……buh,bye military. This usurper has no love for our military, in fact, I think he believes they pose a serious threat to him and his claim to be President. Barack and company are still floating his desires for a national force equal to that of the military, and equally funded, and most probably “equipped”.
    Trust me, if he really wants this to happen, and why wouldn’t he, just think how it would demoralize our finest and bravest, it will appear in some future piece of “midnighted” legislation, and we may not even know it is there until the legislation is railroaded through.
    Sorry to be so cynical on you, but I have absolutely no trust left in our legislators to do the right thing.
    GOD Bless you, Jeff, for the work you are doing despite your full schedule. It is greatly appreciated.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I ain’t afraid to fight. You’ll probably kick my ***, but you will forever remember the little redhead that took your eye out on her way down.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My wife complained this morning that I was spending too much time reading about Obama. I said that he is not eligible to be President and I am concerned about my country. She said the election is over. I started to explain to her about why the Constitution is important and she said “I don’t want to know the details”.

    Then it thought, this is what the problem really comes down to? There are way too many people that either just don’t care or for whatever reason don’t want to know the truth.

    Unquestionably, it is a free country and she has the right to not care about the details. However, there are individuals who should have been accountable for vetting Obama or knowingly gave him a pass. Either way, that is no reason to say it is OK. You don’t let the bank robber keep the money and stay out of jail just because no one spoke up at the time.


    Learn It, Love It, Live It

  8. Gail B says:

    Obama has his supporters–his GRASSROOTS supporters–at work to push his wish list of Marxism.

    There are numerous grassroots coalitions for conservatives as well. The DontGo Movement is the largest, I believe, with representation in every state. Go to DontGo Movement here and click on the STATES tab at the top to go to your own state and sign up. This is a good coalition and networks with others.

    Thanks. And, thanks, Jeff, for already putting up the story that the “trial BS” was dropped. As usual, you’re right on top of things! God bless you!

  9. The Drum and Cannon says:

    Good article, Jeff, as usual. THE DRUM AND CANNON is with you 100% on this and other issues.

    Let’s not forget about the eligibility question. Eventually, we may get through.

    To Jeff’s readers: if you feel strongly about the need to save America, get involved! Join an organization like the Coalition for a Conservative Majority ( or the Heritage Foundation and let your voices be heard. We must not only talk the talk, we must walk the walk.

  10. tm says:

    Brown shirt ALERT:

    Call your Senators! ASAP

  11. Anonymous says:

    If we lose our courage and enthusiasam then we lose our country….march on ‘em and push the UA Attorney and USAG to seek the Writ of Quo Warranto against BO…

    “we the people” can do this, caue its OUR country

  12. Anonymous says:

    Fed up yet?

    It’s tea time:

    A simple, yet effective act of stating ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    dear Jeff — thanks for your positive sentiments, and clearly your well written and heartfelt statement a few days ago was part of our “victory”.

    However, I guess I am not as positive as you about what can be done. I don’t think this was intended on being a “trial balloon” at all……they were fully intending on doing this, but when it because grossly unpopular, and the Usurper thought he was going to lose votes, THAT’S when they said, oh….it was just a test, we really care about our soldiers, blah, blah.

    If they truly care, why was EVER a consideration in the first place?

    the fact that he even considered this, and would have likely advanced it had there not been so much protest, confirms that he is a monster. He is just plain pure evil, taking one step at a time to destroy our beloved country. He didn’t realize that punishing our sacred military was going too far, too fast.

    In terms of victories, and “holding out” Jeff, the eligibility issue is not over, so please don’t give up on that. I know you don’t agree with Orly, but i truly love her, and God bless her for taking a stand. It might not be the right way, but has anybody else succeeded with the “right way”? and what is the right way anyway, given this is unprecendented.

    these are desperate times, and justice must be fought for in any means possible.

    I would hope that you would continue to approach the eligibility issue with as much zeal and dedication as you approached the military issue, because they both deeply involved the safety and security of our military, and hence our country.


  14. Anonymous says:

    The so-called “conservatives” ruined this country in just 8 years with the biggest spending orgy and wealth giveaway in our country’s history and now you guys are crying like babies. You have yourselves to blame for pissing off America. Now I’ll have the joy of watching Obama provide some balance to your insanity.

    As to the eligibility issue, get a life. He’s the well qualified President. Get over it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The Communist Party USA seems to be very supportive of this administration’s goals. Check it out yourself at Pay special attention to their support of Biden’s ‘Employee Free Choice Act.’ Additionally, note their use of Obongo’s catch phrase ‘Yes we can.’

    I haven’t spent nine years in the military to see my country turn into a socialist paradise. Damn this administration and its supporters!

  16. Gail B says:


    (Another) Anonymous said yesterday that we should go to and read what Leo Donofrio is doing with the Writ of Quo Warranto.

    Leo Denofrio says, “As I’ve stated, over and over again… as long as the public continues to believe that the Obama eligibility issue hinges on the Birth Certificate, then Obama controls this game through and through. The core issue which actually controls Obama’s false eligibility is that his birth status, as was admitted by Obama at his own web site, was governed by the British Nationality Act of 1948.”

    What we can do is go to the site, get the address for AG Taylor in D.C. (It’s in the letter about 1/4 the way down) and write your own letter to urge that he do what he alone in this world can do: clear the air on the eligibility issue and bring peace to the minds of American citizens.

    Donofrio said that AG Patrick is as straight as an arrow. Donofrio has carefully thought through this action. He appreciates what Taitz is trying to do, everyone agrees that she used bad judgment in dealing with the active military and their signed pledges.

    Taitz seems to get over zealous regarding her lawsuit; and when she does, she gets careless, to be kind.

    I like Donofrio’s angle and reasoning. I’ll have to trust this DC AG, and I pray that he has the moral fortitude to pick up the paperwork, read it, and carry the ball to the finish! (He sounds as though he might have gone to Auburn University, too!)

    ANONYMOUS, rest assured that Jeff would like nothing better than to have this settled. It will be settled one day, and Jeff Shreiber will probably put out an “Extra Edition” just to let his fingers tell us how he feels about it!

    Just keep Donofrio’s words in your head: “As long as the public continues to believe that the Obama eligibility issue hinges on the Birth Certificate, then Obama controls this game through and through.”

    Obama has way too much control as it is, in my opinion!

    (Word to verify: comeidab
    (Come ID a Barack?)

  17. sharon says:

    Great writing Jeff, We will be okay if we stick together and you are correct, Fight him issue by issue.

  18. Celia in TX says:

    @ the eligibility issue

    I am thoroughly convinced that our only angle is to appeal to the heartstrings of Jeffrey Taylor, Attorney General, to initiate a Quo Warranto….Orly is great, but SCOTUS cannot help us now.

  19. tm says:

    Did you see this in your news ?

    AFL-CIO pledges votes for Specter
    ‘Check card’ bill on the line

  20. Anonymous says:

    As far as get over it is concerned, Obama is of British descent due to the following:

    Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States whether he was born in Hawaii or not.
    “When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children=Barack Obama=British citizen–not American. Natural born citizen = 2 American citizen parents. Barack’s father was never an American citizen.

    There are so many of us who get this–while there are so many who refuse to research it or accept the truth about Obama’s citizenship status.

  21. Gail B says:

    I watched a live stream of the Georgia House yesterday afternoon. It was sickening to hear that someone had introduced a Resolution to declare Obama a member of the Black Caucus. I’m serious. It nauseated me.

    Well, Saturday at Georgia’s Capitol Building there is a 10th Amendment Rally. Gubernatorial candidates will be there and will be asked to sign a pledge to support Georgia’s Sovereignty. Their signatures on the pledge will be notarized.

    Maybe this will be a wakeup call for those on the Black Caucus. When all this citizenship mess is finally cleared up, and the Obamas pack up Barack’s teleprompter and move out of the White House to return to his thugs in Chicago, maybe–just maybe–people will ask themselves, “Who was that masked man?” He’s certainly not the Lone Ranger!

    And, you know what? if and when that happens, Obama’s comrades–Pelosi, Reid, and others of the same ilk will LOSE much of their influence, I believe, because the liberals DO KNOW that Americans value their freedoms and do not want Communism. It will be cause for nationwide celebration!

    Socialism works like this–if you take the wealth from the Haves and give it to the Havenots who don’t work for it, it takes away the incentive to succeed from the Haves. In a classroom, if everyone’s grades are combined and everyone receives the same B grade, it takes the incentive away from those who study hard. The next time, their averaged grade is a D, and the third time they ALL fail the test because those who are capable of making high grades do not receive them–so why bother to study hard (or work hard) to get ahead?

  22. whats_up says:

    To anonymous:

    There is no where in US code or the Constitution that says you must have two american parents to be considered a natural born citizen, you continue to state this but have provided nothing to back up this claim. US Code that covers when Obama was born would indicate that he is a natural born citizen. If you can point to US Code or some other legal document relevant to this discussion please do so, otherwise your claim based on the facts that you gave are erronous.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Look, the small victory is an answer to a prayer…pure and simple. I would like to think that it’s God’s way of letting us know that HE is still in control, and that the military is still a tool that HE uses to protect us! Without God and the military, where would we be? Maybe this is God not allowing a foothold within our military. Not saying I know for sure…just saying…
    But, as far as that is concerned…this creton “backing off” of this plan…”scrapping”…well, the mere fact that this jerk considered it in the first place is what makes me sick and only confirms him to be what I know he is capable of in the first place. He is an enemy of this country, but he is control of this country, and he should be impeached. Did everyone on here hear about is disgusting joke about “The Special Olympics” on Leno last night? Are you kidding me? I can only imagine if any other party said that what would happen…
    join…find a small group organizing close to you in your area…stand up and be heard!!!!
    Rising up in TEXAS!!!!
    I am not as mad at the AIG bonuses as I am at the CROOKS AND CRIMINALS IN CONGRESS…that is where the real outrage should be directed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    to whats_up…if you want to know why nbc is defined with two parents, go to and read and re-read very carefully the fine work leo donofrio has put into answering that question along with a whole slew of other questions in his 3-part brief on why obama is a usurper

  25. Anonymous says:

    To ANON 6:37…
    LOL…ha ha ha ha ha ha…go somewhere else to spew your nonesense! You wanna talk spending and wealth giveaways? Go watch the news for a little while and see what kind “orgy” your man is heaping on this country! Duh…what part of TRILLIONS DO YOU NOT GET? Hoping for a little bit of that welfare are ya buddy? Need a little redistribution and handouts? Not happy with the trickle-down way of doing things, so you think you have to just reach and take what isn’t yours with a generational theft policy of your party? Huh? Is that it? Did you not get your fair portion of food stamps when conservatives were in charge, so you’re out for revenge? Looking for balance are ya? Nah…you’re looking for a dime out of somebody else’s pocket.
    Keep the change, buddy…obviously you need it!

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