Sometime today, the recently passed Health Care Bill will be signed by the President. I recall many presidential bill-signing ceremonies in my 7 decades on this planet and equally recall the outrage of those opposed to the new legislation. The monumental signing by President Johnson of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 is etched into my memory. That was America’s finest hour! That was a clear demonstration of the oft-quoted line, ‘All men are created equal.’
But not all of America rejoiced. Oh no, clearly there were many hundreds of thousands of American citizens who thought such a bill was a outrage! Racial bigots throughout America condemned the action, shouted it down, scorned those who dared declare the races equal. That signature made Johnson a one-term president. He knew it.
After today’s signing there will be similar outrage. There always is. The self-identified victims of the legislation will be in an uproar. The southern Jim Crow Laws that kept whites on a higher level than blacks were struck down by that signature and those living there never forgot. The South has been Republican ever-since the ink dried that July day.
There are consequences to be paid after the signing.
Yet one wonders what the ‘uproar’ will be about tomorrow after today’s ink dries. Who will feel like ‘victims’ after the signing? Who are these supposed maligned citizens? What ‘grievances’ will they raise?
It will be interesting to watch.
UPDATE 12:23 PM