Perhaps Healthcare Will Be a Catalyst, at Least for a Permanent Alarm
Theodore Gatchel raises the operative question with regard to the reaction to the content and process of the new healthcare legislation:
On the positive side, the process the Democrats have used to pass this legislation appears to have caused more Americans than ever to read the Constitution.
The more they read it, the more they question not just the legitimacy of this particular process, but also how the immense power of today’s federal government can be reconciled with any common-sense reading of the Constitution.
As Gatchel suggests, part of the answer will depend on the direction that the Democrats head from here. If they wipe the dirt off their hands and govern quietly from the center at least through the next election, public ire might subside. If they continue with their radical agenda, whether on immigration, energy, unions, or what have you, they’ll reinforce public opposition.
On the other hand, even in our little blue, heavily propagandized state, we’ve seen people newly involved in a way that suggests a long-term commitment — and a long memory. Even if the politicians manage to lull a critical mass of Americans back into apathetic slumber, there is now a huge nationwide infrastructure for sounding alarms.