When Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he chose the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used to take the oath of office.
A little more than a year later, as Obama strong-arms House and Senate Democrats to pass a health care bill that will nationalize 17 percent of our economic lives, we ought to recall Lincoln’s famous words at Gettysburg.
Dedicating the final resting place for those who fought there, Lincoln appealed that we not let up in the struggle for “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Democrats may soon show, if we let them, that the American ideal of representative government is lost.
Bending rules into a procedural pretzel, Democrats will attempt to pass one of the largest government takeovers of private American lives in history without a single Republican vote and, against the will of the people, Obama will sign it into law.
Pollster.com, which reports an average of all polls, shows for the first time that disapproval of Obama exceeds approval — 48.8 to 47.5 percent.
According to Gallup, just 21 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country, down 10 points from spring 2009 when the health care reform push began.
And, per the latest from the Pew Research Center, only 13 percent of Americans view health care as “our most important problem.”
But this isn’t about logic. Obama and his colleagues on Capitol Hill perceive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grasp the holy grail of the left and realize the dream of transforming America into a European-style welfare state.
It isn’t just about Republican opposition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must persuade, bribe and threaten to get 216 House Democrats to support this despite having 253 sitting House Democrats.
Speaking the other day in Missouri, Obama mocked Republicans who want to stop this train and begin the process anew.
But Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and one of the nation’s wealthiest men — himself a Democrat — reiterated the need to scrap the current health reform bill in an interview on CNBC.
In the one laboratory experiment we have, Massachusetts enacted a state plan similar to what Democrats want for the nation. Premiums are now the highest in nation, and per capita health expenditures are 27 percent higher than the national average.
Every freedom-loving American patriot who cares about our future should be on the phone today to their senators and congressmen saying, “Stop.”
Examiner columnist Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org). She is syndicated nationally by Scripps Howard News Service.