The federal government takeover of the auto industry and looming takeover of healthcare. The 1100-page “stimulus” bill. A controversial Supreme Court nominee. International tensions with North Korea; an uprising in Iran. Skyrocketing taxes. Less than six months into Barack Obama’s presidency, and many Americans’ heads are spinning. And that’s precisely the point.
From the first time my sister taught me the basics of chess, I was hooked. Through the years, I’ve had an on-again off-again love affair with it, playing against people, computers, and my Newton MessagePad 2100. I’ve developed a decent handling of the game, and I’m able to win 8 out of 10 games I play. And I still remember the first time I played against my cousin Gary.
I was about 8 or 9, and — like most kids of that age — once I had a basic grasp of something, I thought I was the best in the world at it. So, portable chess board in hand, I challenged my cousin to a game at some family gathering. At the time, I had the skills to handle a singular method of attack and simultaneously fend off a singular attack. But that’s not how my opponent played.
Gary’s mastery of the game was awe-inspiring. Despite the fact he is about 15 years my elder, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s really, really good at chess. While I was defending an attack over here, he was maneuvering his pieces to form two additional attacks from two additional directions. What’s more, all the attacks were mutually supportive of each other: when I thought I could take down his queen that was at the center of one attack, it actually left me wide open to his other attacks. And while defending myself from attack after attack after attack, I kept losing pieces and could build no effective attack of my own.
I was, in a word, overwhelmed.
And it dawned on me that this is exactly what Obama & Co. want us to feel right now.
They have one singular goal — one checkmate that they are aiming toward — and they are mounting a coordinated effort in that direction, with the speed and precision that my cousin used to quickly defeat me in chess. The hooks they have sunk into the financial, housing, and automotive industries are supporting players. They are the craftily-positioned pawns. Nationalized healthcare and cap-and-tax “global warming” movements are the attacks. If nationalized healthcare goes through, we as a nation are finished. If cap-and-tax legislation goes through, we as a nation are finished.
Tonight, ABC (the All Barack Channel) is having an exclusive sit-down with Barack Obama to discuss his plans on healthcare. For the past week, the news has been brimming with articles, op-eds, and quotes from Obama about healthcare “reform” (as he calls it.) Everyone’s talking about how ABC is not allowing dissenting opinions during the White House infomercial and about how people who wanted to buy ads to air dissenting opinions have been turned away by ABC. Everyone is talk about healthcare. But what are they not talking about? What is the other attack that is being ignored? The 1201-page cap-and-tax bill — HR 2454 — that will be voted on Friday.
One thing I learned in the years after that fateful game with my cousin is that when you’re playing an opponent like that, the only chance you have is to play the game the same way they are: pick apart the weaknesses in their position and their strategy, and get them to start responding to your attacks. It is difficult to continue with an attack when your own position is being attacked.
While those of us associated with FiveBoxes are working on a big-picture gameplan, there is something simple that you need to start doing: make noise.
Use the congress.org sidebar on this page to locate your elected representatives at all levels of government. Add them to your cell phone. Then call them, daily, and tell them “NO!” Tell them “NO!” on HR 2454. Tell them “NO!” on any kind of nationalized healthcare, regardless what they call it. Call them. Fax them. Email them. Snail mail them. Call their local office and the one in D.C. Be angry. Make noise. Be heard.
Then be annoying to everyone you know, and urge them to do the same.