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The Second Coming of Pelosi’s Kamikaze Congress

AMAC Exclusive By: Pat Conroy

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In 2010, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party stopped at nothing to pass the wildly unpopular big government healthcare plan known as Obamacare.  The knowing and deliberate disregard for the wishes of the American people led to one of the worst defeats in the history of Congressional elections, with Pelosi losing her Speakership and Democrats losing 6 Senate seats and 63 House seats in what former President Barack Obama famously described as a “shellacking.”

Eleven years later we seem to be witnessing the second coming of Pelosi’s Kamikaze Congress.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to approve Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution, charting a path forward for Democrats’ radical agenda. The final version of the bill, authored by Senator Bernie Sanders and bizarrely dubbed ‘human infrastructure,’ includes healthcare, childcare, and climate change provisions that would make up the largest expansion of the welfare state and government power since Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society.’ This spending is being approved just as inflation is causing prices for everyday goods and services to spike to their highest levels in thirteen years.

Initially, it appeared as if some so-called moderate Democrats recognized the potentially disastrous electoral consequences of voting for Biden’s spending plan. A group of nine House Democrats publicly challenged Pelosi in a Washington Post op-ed, demanding that Pelosi take up a standalone vote on the $1.2 trillion hard infrastructure package separate of the “largely undefined $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.”

However, it turned out to be political theatre, with the entire group falling back into line right at crunch time and voting just as Pelosi and Biden wished. In doing so, these members may have sealed their political fate and further weakened Democrats’ already slim chances of retaining their majorities next year.

If the Democrat vote appeared suicidal to their chances of retaining their majorities, the history of Obamacare’s passage shows that this outcome may have been somewhat predictable, and may actually be a well calculated long term decision on the part of Pelosi, Schumer, and their progressive allies—whether they are correct in that calculation or not.

Obamacare was extremely polarizing from its inception, turning off a majority of independents and nearly all Republican voters. Even in deep blue Massachusetts, voters elected a Republican, Scott Brown, to a Senate seat in a special election in January of 2010 that was a sign of impending doom for many Democrats. Obamacare was a major issue during the campaign, and Obama himself campaigned for Brown’s opponent, a major embarrassment for a sitting President.

Nevertheless, Democrats in Congress at the time, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, plunged forward anyway. Pelosi and Reid were in essence coaxing members of their caucus to commit political suicide in order to fulfill their party’s fundamental long-term mission: to expand the power of the federal government and make more and more Americans dependent on welfare and the Democrat Party.

According to a 2011 report released by two professors, Seth Masket of the University of Denver and Steven Greene of North Carolina State University, 13 Democrats all went on to lose reelection chiefly because of their support for Obamacare. “These are the members who, according to our findings, would still be in the House of Representatives were it not for their healthcare vote,” Masket and Greene concluded.

In the 2010 election, as may well be the case in elections next year, voters delivered a sweeping electoral punishment to their incumbent representatives for betraying their wishes and choosing instead to appease party leadership’s intense focus on growing the size and power of the federal government.

Was it worth it? For Democrats, the answer might be yes, even among those who had to fall on their swords in the process. Former 18-term Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota’s 8th District was one of those Democrats who had no regrets for his Obamacare vote. “I voted for it because I thought it was the right policy for this country,” Oberstar said in an interview. “I thought it was the kind of transformational legislative initiative that candidate Obama promised and President Obama delivered.”

Democrats understand that once the American people become dependent on a government program, it’s nearly impossible to strip it away – look no further than the infamous March 2017 failed attempt to repeal Obamacare by way of the late Senator John McCain’s thumbs down. Chief Justice John Roberts was unwilling to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional after he reportedly reversed his position and rewrote portions of the law to uphold it in a widely criticized 5-4 decision. Without the filibuster-proof majority that Democrats enjoyed in 2010, Republicans may find it difficult if not impossible to reverse course on Democrats’ current spending plans just as they have largely failed to undo the disastrous effects of Obamacare.

10 years later with a new Democrat president installed in the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are looking to replicate their kamikaze approach from 2010 in order to ram through trillions of dollars in new government spending that will change the face of not just American healthcare, but every other facet of American life as well—a transformation they hope will ultimately deliver Democrats to greater, and more permanent, political power.

For those nine “moderates” and many other Democrats who represent swing districts, that might mean the end of their political careers. Undoubtedly, they will be well-compensated for their betrayal of their constituents with lucrative jobs at left-wing nonprofits and other liberal organizations. But for Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the other radical progressives who run the Democrat Party, they may calculate that sacrificing a few members and control of Congress will be worth it if it means moving the United States one step closer to becoming a socialist country.

And yet, there is another possibility: Democrats may have badly miscalculated. After a year of COVID restrictions destroying the economy and wokeism destroying the culture, the $5 trillion Democrat spending binge may be a bridge too far for the American people. This is especially true now that President Donald Trump has ensured that the establishment wing of the Republican party cannot get away with casting a cost-free vote to sanction Democrat radicalism, earning cheap grace from the media.

There is always the chance that the high water mark of progressivism may have passed, and a generational conservative realignment is on the way.

Pat Conroy is the pen name of a Washington, D.C. based political strategist.

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Benjammin
1 month ago

I suspect if they manage to pass these spending bills, our fate is sealed. Even if not, our odds of surviving the current situation is pretty slim just as it is. As expected, the COVID policy will perpetuate the restrictions on our social function indefinitely, which will continue to erode the private sector, people’s health, and the supply chain. Pissing off all of our allies with stupid foreign policy implementation will guarantee we stand alone in the face of all future issues and conflicts. So if they add another $5 trillion in debt now, that should be the last nail in the coffin, or really close to it. We get what we paid for by letting the liberals take control and make the rules. Now it is time to pay the piper, whether we danced (in the flames) or not.

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

In 2010, I still had some hope for America after the mid term elections. After seeing how Obama and the deep state sabotaged President Trump even before he took office, and seeing how the Democrats stole the 2020 election, and seeing how there are still many Biden supporters in our country, I have no hope for the future of our nation. President Biden, the usurper, has defied the Supreme Court and extended his moratorium on evictions. If President Trump had done that, he would have been nailed to the cross. I still pray for our nation, I attend local Republican county meetings, and I will continue to vote in rigged elections, but I retain no hope. The US is finished.

Rich
1 month ago

As one wise man has said: It’s time to drain the swamp!

Centurion
1 month ago

“I voted for it because I thought it was the right policy for this country”

That’s the major problem with democRATS. They always vote for their own personal ideologies instead of what their constituents want.

Howard MacKinnon
1 month ago

It is up to us, the people, to get this America destroying admin out of our gov’t. It is in our Constitution that we CAN do it. The provision is there. All we need is a leader with a plan.

James
1 month ago

Pelosi, you pig.. are Most Anit-American power hungry, Baby murdering, Lying, Backstabbing, Hypocritical, Traitorous Communist DemonRat or ALL..

Honey
1 month ago

It is urgent that we not allow congress to pass the nationalization of election law. Whatever it is called. We must prevent that from passing or we will never have free elections ever again.

HocasPocas
1 month ago

Do you really think that pelosi has been legitimately voted into the position

Andy Henderson
1 month ago

I hope and pray the mid-term elections in 2022 will completely destroy the Democrats’ majority and send them running for the border. We conservatives and libertarians need to do our best to defeat this ugly horde of evilness and save our country from their evil grip.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy Henderson

Fair election? Highly doubtful

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

We still MUST try. If that doesn’t work we only have one alternative as freedom loving patriots. Pray hard. If you don’t pray, you might want to learn how. Without God’s intervention, the America we know and love will cease to exist.

Karen
1 month ago

Give me some good news please.

Pamela
1 month ago

Boy I hope so! I am so disgusted with all that’s going on I can’t tell you!

Lisa Skinner
1 month ago

Oh god I pray you are right ????????????????❤️

Nord-Ulv
1 month ago

“Eleven years later we seem to be witnessing the second coming of Pelosi’s Kamikaze Congress.” Which is precisely Pelosi’s gambit: Team Blue may lose interstitial midterm elections, but they’re inexorably winning the policy wars. The entitlement program that is ‘Obamacare’ is the law of the land — thrice upheld by an ostensibly ‘conservative’ (Roberts) Court. And Pelosi intends to entrench the myriad entitlements within the $3.5T reconciliation bill into U.S. law. Republicans are playing (& may win) the short game; Democrats are playing (& winning) the long game. It’s the difference between checkers and chess. 

JRA
1 month ago
Reply to  Nord-Ulv

Totally agree. The dems realize they may take a bit but it’s probably temporary. However, they pass their socialist bill and it’s law. Now try to undo that law. Difficult at best. They get people dependant on the government, which goes towards the socialist goal. They win.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  JRA

It’s kind of like terrorism. They ultimately gain what they want.

George Kamburoff
1 month ago

The Republicans want to take away your Medicare. Why do you get so fooled by them?

Douglas Proudfoot
1 month ago

Thanks for stating the Ministry of Truth position. For Democrats, freedom is slavery. Requiring voter ID is Jim Crow 2.0. Shooting a perpetrator in the act of stabbing somebody, or returning fire at a perpetrator shooting at police, is racist if the perp is black.

Antifa/BLM riots that killed dozens, injured hundreds and destroyed billions of dollars worth of property are “mostly peaceful protests.”

According to Critical Racist, oops I mean Race Theory, whites are born and remain incurably racist, no matter what the content of their character is. CRT is racist by definition, as are all the bigots who push it.

For Democrats, the only black lives that matter are those 18 or so killed by cops per year. The hundreds shot as a result of defunding the police don’t matter to Democrats at all.

Democrats control all of the big cities they claim are rife with systemic racism, and have controlled them for years. However, Democrats haven’t been able to improve conditions in any of the cities they condemn. Similarly, the War on Poverty started in 1965, but according to Democrats, there’s been very little progress. However, Democrats want to continue their same strategy of throwing money at the problem.

Democrats are the party of slavery, seccession, the KKK, Jim Crow, segregation, poll taxes and literacy tests. Woke morality says that individuals and organizations with a history of racism must be canceled and deplatformed, so the Democratic Party should be disbanded immediately. Their history is so rotten, it can’t be forgiven, no matter how many “good deeds” they’ve done since.

Democrats feel free to make racist and sexist remarks against any Republicans who happen to be black or women, because Democrats really are racist and sexist. Democrats only talk a good game.

Democrats want to divide people by race, sex and sexual orientation. Democrats want to re-segregate by race. Democrats are obsessed by group rights and privileges, at the expense of the individual rights recognized in the Bill of Rights.

I could go on, but I think you should get my drift by now. The bottom line is Democrats have no legitimate claim to moral superiority, or even moral parity.

HocasPocas
1 month ago

You forgot to add ,to backup George’s claim on Medicare, social security and Medicare will be destroyed a year before previously predicted due to the draconian lockdown of the country by his beloved demon rats

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago

This is one of the best articles I’ve read on the situation. Douglas, you are to be congratulated. Such a well done statement on the situation!

Rich
1 month ago

Well said Douglas! Those who vote in these anti-American democrats are just as guilty of destroying our country as the politicians.

Rick
1 month ago

This is AMAC, not AARP. Have you joined the wrong organization? Sounds more like you’ve been fooled by the dimocrats!

Ian
1 month ago

I’ve been hearing that lie for as long as I can remember. The Democrats even had a TV ad with GOP House leader Paul Ryan tossing grandma out of her wheelchair and over a cliff. Communists are excellent at false narratives and slander, keeping indoctrinated sheep such as yourself fooled into thinking that they are on the side of good and that their opponents are evil. But when you sacrifice truth for the sake of a false narrative, it has terrible real-world consequences. Just ask the Afghans being raped, tortured and murdered at the hands of the Taliban, thanks to Biden.

Honey
1 month ago

Thee will be no money for Medicare or Social Security or anything. Why are you not angry at that?

George Kamburoff
1 month ago

Why are some folk so vulnerable to being fooled? Remember “trickle-down, and how it made us all rich? How about all those nuclear weapons we found after the screams of “WMD? No?

Pelosi is the person giving seniors the benefits we need, as the hateful Republicans vote against them!
Why do you get fooled?

JohnLeeHooker
1 month ago

IF the benefits seniors need is INFLATION and the deleterious impact it has on fixed incomes, then golly can’t wait for more of that BENEFICIAL INFLATION.

Karen
1 month ago

Ignorance is bliss!

Russ W
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

He is not ignorant, he is a troll!

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Russ W

Why would a hard core democrat join an organization like this?

HocasPocas
1 month ago

I bet you never worked a day in your life, have you George? Well, wait until demon rats get full control, you don’t put in your twelve hours a day, you don’t get your daily pentance for survival. That will make us all equal, won’t it George?

Willy
1 month ago

Dear Koolaid drinking George, “trickle down” was never used by President Reagan. Some economists have stated that Reagan’s policies were an important part of bringing about the third longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history. During the Reagan administration, real GDP growth averaged 3.5%, compared to 2.9% during the preceding eight years. And WMD’s does not mean “nuclear weapons”. The WMD’s were chemical weapons that were moved from Iraq to Syria, who by the way, eventually used them on their own people in the Syrian war. The biggest group of hateful people in this country are you democrats. You’ve proved it time and time again over the last 150 years, ever since slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and other racist policies you democrats have enacted over the years!

DrDave
1 month ago

By this logic, everything Pres. Trump did in the first two years was a Kamekaze attack–tax cuts, tariffs, trade war–because they lost control of the House in 2018. But the truth is that it is rare that one party will control the Presidency and both houses at the same time, and these are moments that are seized on, by both parties, to push through high-priority items. After the first two years of a Presidency, even it the Pres.is re-elected, big things don’t get done. So your argument seems to be “Once in control, don’t do squat so you don’t run the risk of getting voted out in two years.” Not inspiring!!

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  DrDave

According to your logic Dr.Dave, Biden should be about done because his “time line” has accelerated incrementally. You also might be surprised at what will happen in 2022 and 2024.

Larkenson
1 month ago

Anti-White liberals and respectable conservatives that support massive third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries say that they are anti-racist, but their policies will lead to a world with no White people i.e White Genocide.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

Lamont Cranston
1 month ago
Reply to  Larkenson

Leading political strategist “Larkenson” once again breaks out his list of code words and flings one willy-nilly into the webosphere.

PIDL
1 month ago

Hope is not lost. The CFR , who is actually running the country, is being exposed on Frankspeech.com via a new show by Alex Newman. The new show started yesterday. Finally there is someone who has been watching the Council on Foreign relations and will be exposing them. The CFR founded in 1921. They have been trying to set up a one world government since then. 

Judith Varnam
1 month ago

My hope for this nation was rekindled when President Trump was in DC but is diminished greatly now. I cry and pray now for a great awakening in the soul’s of those in control now. I can only conclude they are blind to the catastrophic damage they are reaping on our beloved America. God is the only hope I have and it appears he does not abide in those in control DC.

George Kamburoff
1 month ago
Reply to  Judith Varnam

Your god is killing us withthe Climate and the Trump Pandemic.

JohnLeeHooker
1 month ago

ZERO deaths in Afghanistan for 18 months w/ Trump in WH. DISASTER, including barbaric murder w/ biden.

Douglas Proudfoot
1 month ago

There are no statistically valid models with predictive validity in the real world that relate man-made greenhouse gasses to climate. Feel free to cite your sources.

Leif Ericson says man-made global warming is a myth. During the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), 950-1250 CE, fields in Greenland were cultivated. During the Little Ice Age (LIA), 1300-1850 CE, these fields became permafrost and still are. That says the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than it is right now. Fossil fuels weren’t a factor in MWP or LIA.

Look up the Wikipedia entry for Paleoclimatology. The graphs shows the earth has had both no ice and been an ice ball. In neither case did man exist as a species yet.

It is statistical folly to use about 100 years of data to extrapolate climate cycles that last hundreds or thousands of years. Only the gullible or math challenged believe in the statistical validity of models built on 100 years’ worth of data, that have failed to predict future temperature patterns.

Russ W
1 month ago

George is a troll!

Rich
1 month ago

Yes Douglas, since man didn’t create this planet, man won’t destroy this planet even with a nuclear exchange. However, since the democrats are “de-funding” our military with their budget cuts and will most likely not consider a “war” even if necessary, if there ever is a nuclear exchange we can all forget about climate change or the “green new deal”. The only up side is, (other than losing a lot of good American citizens) there may not be a Washington D.C. the home of a bunch of useless politicians.

Max
1 month ago

You will one day when you are before him learn that he is your God also.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

That comment from kamburoff reveals what he is

HocasPocas
1 month ago

I can’t wait until you face my God!

Russ W
1 month ago

TROLL!!

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago

So you honestly think that if we clamp down even more on “climate control” that that will help? No one else is doing anything. We get their polluted air here. We’ve done enough. It’s time for other countries to get on the anti-pollution wagon! Also, are you aware that climate does change over the years – naturally? In the 1930’s NY City had a 104 temperature. That’s not an unusual type of event. It’s not got anything to do with man controlling climate. Wake up!

DanM
1 month ago

What a butthead

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Judith Varnam

I agree Judith that they might be “blind” to what they are doing, but they have an agenda and it is moving ahead according to plan. There is great evil in the government right now. Only God and a spiritual revival will save this country.

Raesheila
1 month ago

“Well-written article…my thoughts exactly…I would like to add…all of this would not have become possible without God’s knowledge of it…I’m not charismatic but it says…in Revelations when a loaf of bread becomes $10 or more…we are getting close…I saw a loaf of bread the other day for $5…In my opinion…I feel God is giving us time to “WAKE UP”…this administration has become seriously dangerous!”

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