Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has requested that President Obama and the Democrats bring Obamacare to the negotiating table in the “fiscal cliff” debates.
I might be mistaken, but didn’t the U. S. Supreme Court uphold Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) on June 28, 2012 by a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice John Roberts voting in support of it? What’s next? Will Congressman Boehner and his supporters demand a reconsideration of Roe vs. Wade, Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
Let’s hope that this is mere political posturing for the cameras and nothing more.
In the aftermath of the national Republican political meltdown, in an effort to affix blame for failure to capture the presidency or control of the U. S. Senate, we are bound to see further implosion.
But the Democratic Party can take no long-term comfort or luxury in gloating. This is no time for individual political opportunism. In a party top-heavy with superstars, ego will have to be subordinated on the alter of party unity for the next four years and (most importantly) beyond 2016.
I see the need for the Obama Administration to stand pat with as little changing of the guard as possible. Superstars Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Deval Patrick should all be strongly encouraged to place party and country before personal political ambitions, and shore up the Obama mandate to be “Fired-Up, Ready to Go!”
It is also a golden opportunity to effectively derail the budding superstar aspirations of Scott Brown, before he can springboard to a presidential run from the high-visibility opportunity offered as a sitting governor or U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
There is much talk of our country standing on the brink. The truth is that the brink is a crossroads rather than a precipice. Bold leadership and total team effort is capable of taking us to an international position of unequaled respect and prosperity.
As both parties gather their forces and reassess what role they each will play in leading this nation forward, bi-partisanship as never before could and should be the guiding principal and northern star for both. E Pluribus Unum is not just a phrase but a mandate for survival. My country, right or wrong, but still my country.