Now that the so-called ‘budget’ battle is over for a little while it behooves us, if we are wise, to reflect upon what we have witnessed in the political arena for the past few weeks. I say ‘so-called’ budget battle because in reality no true budget was involved. So perhaps the first lesson that should be learned is that we have no budget, at least not one our nation should have. We have been operating under a series of “continuing resolutions” which have served to extend a budget from 2009. That in and of itself shows the inability of our federal government to get the right things accomplished in the right way.

 Another lesson to be learned is that no one should underestimate our current Chief Executive. He is truly ruthless and will try almost any tactic, whether proper or legal, precedented or unprecedented, to get what he wants, and what he wants more than anything is to implement his namesake, Obamacare. If you doubt this just look at two items. One is the fact that he had the War Memorials closed and barricaded (or “barrycaded”, I loved that one) because of the faux government shut down. That had never been done before in all 17 previous times the government had been shut down. It didn’t need to be done this time. These are open air memorials that require little or no attention. It cost more time, material, personnel and money to close them than it would have to keep them open! The second item is the delay he granted to implement the small business mandate of Obamacare. That was illegal overreach at best. There was no provision in the ACA to delay the implementation of any part of it. The President didn’t just selectively decide not to enforce the law. He actually illegally, unconstitutionally added to the law!

 A third lesson we need to heed is one we should have known all along. We cannot count on Republicans to do the right thing just because they have an ‘R’ by their name. In fact, the ones who have held the trust of the electorate the longest, the Establishment Republicans, are the ones we should trust the least to do what is right and in the best interest of the country. It is the newest members, the Tea Party Republicans as they are called, who showed true integrity and heart and fealty to our Constitutional form of government and the principles which inspired it. All of those who remain loyal to our Republic should remember this in 2014 and 2016. We desperately need a lot more Tea Party types like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, in office if our nation is going to survive as anything we would recognize five years from now.

 A fourth lesson is another that we should have known already. The MSM is completely in the tank for Obama. The obvious facts of both the shut-down and debt ceiling conflicts were totally ignored by the cronies at the networks. It was obvious that Obama was going to blame the shut down, falsely, on the Republican controlled House of Representatives. The House passed bill after bill which would have fully funded all of the agencies affected by the shut down, yet all were DOA in the Senate and promised a veto should the Senate majority suddenly gain some sense of responsibility, however unlikely that was. The ONLY branch of government which was actually negotiating was the House as they gave in to the demand to drop the defunding effort. Instead, they simply asked for a delay of the roll out of Obamacare, which was met with stubborn, almost childlike refusal. Of course, now that the roll out has been such a disaster, even some Democrats are calling for a delay. The MSM sycophants who lamented the Republicans as the party of no during the budget battles are now saying maybe a delay is in order. What? A delay was “obstructionist politics” before but it’s ok now? Of course it is because the liberal media’s darling won and damn anything else, even the welfare of the nation.

 The fifth lesson conservatives should learn is this; we can still win. There are cracks in the armor of the liberal socialists and their leadership, not the least of which is the disastrous roll out of Obamacare, and more so with the millions who are losing their previous health-care coverage. A gigantic promise repeated over and over by Obama is being broken with the excuse that “better” health insurance is to be “provided”? I ask the liberal person if the object is to actually provide health insurance, why should the person who needs it have to pay anything at all? Why not just provide it? For the amount which is projected to be spent implementing the current plan, the government could actually just give the funds to purchase the insurance to the people who need it and they would save money in the process! Why not do that? Because that would mean the government would have no direct control over the mechanism of health-care. That is the key. Always remember that whenever government seeks to “provide” something it is never with simply the object of provision in mind. It is rather with the goal of more control which equals more power in their hands. The only “welfare” they are really interested in providing for is their own. This is what must be hammered on constantly in the message, the fact that any program which is supposed to provide something for you is really aimed at getting more control over you, and Obamacare’s failures are the perfect opportunity to frame such an argument. If we have the determination to do so, we can still win.

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D.T. Osborn

I am 57 years old and live in the great state of Nebraska. I am a direct health care services worker and recently retired pastor of a Baptist church. I have been married for 32 years and have a 30 year old son and a 26 year old daughter.

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