Normally when a law is enacted in this country, that is that, and the debate is ended. Not always however. Sometimes laws are so ill-considered, so destructive of values held dear by large segments of the population, that the passage of the law only creates a new stage for an ongoing struggle over the law. Most polls show that most of the public opposes ObamaCare. Here are some thoughts on how this law can be defeated. Like most campaigns in the public square it will involve agitation, legal challenges and political action. Unlike most such campaigns we will add to it the element of prayer.
1. Legal Challenges: 13 states are pledged to bring litigation against ObamaCare. Individuals and groups should join in, the more, the merrier. ObamaCare is a highly complicated Act and the litigation could take years to play out. Whether it would ultimately succeed would depend I think largely on the political atmosphere by the time all of this reaches the Supreme Court. If there is unending public outrage over this, and if the American people have strongly indicated their rejection of ObamaCare at the ballot box, that will have an impact upon the Court, based upon the prior history of the Court.
2. Mass Rallies: Opponents should stage mass rallies at least one every few months to keep this issue front and center. Frequent rallies at the local level, a la the tea party rallies, must become a feature of American life in the months and years ahead.
3. State Action: State legislatures should draft petitions to Congress calling for the repeal of ObamaCare. Governors should draft proclamations calling for the repeal of ObamaCare. State legislation should be enacted to attack ObamaCare wherever possible. In legislation this complicated there will be many avenues of attack on the state level.
4. Education: A non-stop campaign must be mounted to educate the public about the provisions of ObamaCare, and the cost of implementing the provisions. Blogs can be especially useful in accomplishing this.
5. Citizen action: Activists should appear en masse at every town hall meeting of every Congress Critter in this country and peacefully demand the repeal of ObamaCare. Endless petitions should be submitted to Congress calling for the repeal of ObamaCare.
6. Victory in 2010: Those members of Congress who voted for ObamaCare should be defeated in November. Those who are not defeated should be given the scare of their political lives. This was shaping up as a bad year for the Democrats. Let us make it a year of disaster for all Democrats in Congress who voted for ObamaCare.
7. Congressional Action: Prior to November the Republicans can only engage in attacks on ObamaCare that will not get out of Congress. They should do so to keep the issue front and center. Assuming that the Republicans gain control of the House in November, and perhaps the Senate, legislation attacking ObamaCare must be ceaselessly introduced ranging from outright repeal, to endless amendments of the act, to attempts to defund aspects of ObamaCare. Make the Democrats fight these efforts and make Obama use his veto pen against any legislation that is passed.
8. Civil Disobedience: For those who have the stomach for it, an honorable American tradition of civil disobedience exists against unjust laws. Sit ins at the White House and at the offices of members of Congress who support ObamaCare would be a good start. Of course all of this should be done peacefully and every one should be aware of the possible penalties.
9. Prayer: It is rather unfashionable in many circles, but I believe no large undertaking should be initiated without besieging Heaven for aid. In regard to the abortion aspect of this fight, asking help from God is especially appropriate.
10. Victory in 2012: What was begun in 2010 should be completed in 2012 with the defeat of President Obama and as many supporters of ObamaCare as survive the deluge in November 2010. Any opponent of Obama worthy of support must of course be pledged to sign legislation repealing ObamaCare.