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Don’t Tread on Me by Ira Schwartz
It always amazes me how a particular image or phrase can always stir up such strong emotions in people: âRemember the Alamoâ; the songs âGod Bless Americaâ and âThe Star Spangled Bannerâ; or the images of the Marines hoisting the American flag over Mt. Suribachi and the NYC firefighters raising the flag above the debris of the World Trade Center. Imagery is everything to us humans and often evokes some of the strongest emotional responses.
One image that is as much a part of our history as any of those I mentioned above is a flag with a coiled rattlesnake in the center with this warning boldly printed underneath, âDONâT TREAD ON MEâ. That flag become Massachusetts battle cry and eventually all the colonies as the then fledgling United States fought for its freedom against the thundering juggernaut that was the British Empire.
Since the Revolution, that flag has been flown many times as both a symbol of American patriotism and as a symbol of disagreement with the government. It appears it is time to fly it again; in the very state it was first introducedâŠMassachusetts. It appears a new revolution has started and the first shot was fired by the people when they elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate. It truly was âa Shot Heard Round the Worldâ.
It appears the results of this single election have caused more aftershocks in the political arena than any other event in recent history. First of all Brown is the first Republican to occupy that seat in 46 years and in one night managed to stop the Democratic juggernaut dead in its tracks. It has panicked the Democrats who are now frantically scrambling about trying to limit the damage wherever they can. WHDH-TV reported that Senate Majority Leader Reid tried to contact the new senator but was unsuccessful. I would have loved to have been a âfly on the wallâ in Reidâs office when Browns people refused to put him through.
So what does this all mean right now? First of all this upset win has shaken the Democrats to the very core. So much so it prompted Virginia Democrat Jim Webb to tell Pelosi and Reid he would not go along with trying to ram the Health Care Bill through. Saying, “I believe the most appropriate way to move forward is to have Senate-elect Brown seated before we have any more votes on this issue.” You can bet more will follow.
Even the White House has decided to drop back five yards and punt. President Obama, in an interview with ABCâs George Stephanopoulos, said that he wants the Democratic controlled congress to âcoalesceâ around parts of insurance reform that Republicans might embrace. He continued, âI would advise that we try and move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that the people agree on.â That is the first time any Democrat ever mentioned what the âpeopleâ want in reference to healthcare.
Whether Pelosi and Reid like it or not Healthcare will now be placed on hold and will have to be completely reworked if the White House has any hopes of it getting passed. Most feel it wonât see the light of day in 2010. Also the American Clean Air and Security Act (Climate Change Bill) is now in jeopardy as well as the highly controversial Cyber Security Bill. Slowly the Democratic agenda is crumbling before their eyes.
Will the American people firing this salvo across the White Houseâs bow wake them up? Maybe not but at least this has gotten their attention and made a lot of Democrats very nervous. With the Democratic âmagic 60â broken it is going to be much harder for them to get anything done unless they begin bi-partisan negotiations. Republicans need to understand that this is only the beginning with a long, hard road ahead. But it is an opportunity and one that should not be mishandled or allowed to slip away. The American people have spoken in a very loud and simple voice, âDonât Tread on Me.â It would be advisable for those in public office to listen this time or they could find themselves on the outside looking in come November.
For those of you that forgot youâre high school history a link to the flag is listed below.
Â© 2010 by Ira Schwartz. Used with permission. All rights reserved.