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Are we repeating history?

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In 49 BC Julius Caesar was camped along a steam called the Rubicon.

The crossing of that small stream in northern Italy was historically a watershed event because it was from that action the old republic in Rome was doomed.

Julius Caesar was born with unrestrained political ambition and unsurpassed oratorical skills.

He manipulated his way to the title of consul of Rome in 59 BC and after a year of service was named governor of Gaul where he amassed a personal fortune.

His outstanding military skills resulted in subduing the native Celtic and Germanic tribes which brought about his soaring popularity.

This popularity caused great concern that he presented a threat to the power of the Senate and to Pompey who held authority in Rome.

The time was January 49 BC, Caesar was staying in Ravenna, a northern Italian city, and Caesar’s decision was to either submit to the will of the Roman Senate to disband his army and resign his command or risk being declared an "Enemy of the State."

When Caesar made the decision to cross the Rubicon with his army and enter Italy with a standing army it was purely treason.

His decision revealed his true intentions and marked the point of no return.

So, late last night when the House of Representatives passed the so-called health care reform legislation did that mark a point in the history of the United States equivalent to Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon?

Have we passed the point of no return in our Constitutional republic where legislative action which is taken over the will of the people illustrating the same contempt for existing government Julius Caesar showed in 49 BC?

Did Barack Hussein Obama cross the Rubicon with this vote?

After all, the legislation was really not about medicine or health care.

A moderately priced change of some sort could have offered the poor a basic medical plan.

Then couple that with tort reform and some positive change could have been achieved.

No, instead this bill was about taking over a massive portion of the private sector, hiring thousands of loyal, compliant new federal employees and potential union members, staffing new departments with new technocrats, putting on additional IRS agents to be the "enforcers" of Obamacare, and feeling all warm and fuzzy that we "are leveling the playing field" and achieving another historic Civil Rights law.

So we are truly in revolutionary times in which the government will grow to assume everything from energy use to student loans, while abroad we are a revolutionary sort of power, eager to mend fences with Syria and Iran, more eager still to distance ourselves from historical allies like Israel and Britain.

There won’t be any more soaring rhetoric from Barack Hussein Obama about "reaching across the aisle" or healing our wounds.

That was so campaign 2008.

Instead, we are in the most partisan age since Vietnam, ushered in by the self-acclaimed "non-partisan" messianic knight in shining armor himself. But how could it be anything else?

No, Obama has thrown down the gauntlet.

He apparently reasons along the following lines: all that centrist talk was campaign fluff; the voters fell for it, and now it’s his turn to remake America with 51 percent of the House and 44 percent of the people.

At this point, to him at least, crossing the Rubicon is no big deal.


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