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.