What goes around, comes around

Mario Savio New Right icon?

Mario Savio
New Right icon?

Who said the following:

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious–makes you so sick at heart–that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.”

That statement wasn’t made by Sen. Ted Cruz or some other acolyte of the Tea Party to justify shutting down the government to stop the funding of ObamaCare. No, those words were spoken by Mario Savio, icon of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley during the ’60s.

This reminds of something a history professor at that other Bay Area bastion of radicalism, San Francisco State, said many years ago:

“If you say the same thing often enough and long enough, you’ll eventually be praised as a patriot and condemned as a traitor.”

SHUTDOWN PERSPECTIVE: When you factor in all of the exceptions, the government is still spending 82 percent of the money it would be spending anyway, but the IRS can’t conduct audits and the KKK had to cancel a demonstration in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, the enthusiastic early response to ObamaCare is bad news for the GOP. If the program reaches the critical mass required to join Social Security and Medicare on America’s political third rail, conservatives will have suffered another major defeat.

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