The US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1 (HR 1), Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. aka The Stimulus Package. The $819 billion stimulus bill passed the House 244 to 188.
Not one single Republican voted for it. The Republicans in the US House of Representatives stood strong and unified in the face of the Liberal opposition and voted in a block against HR 1. They chose to resist Obama’s will and the Democrats’ plan for the largest increase in government bureaucracy in American history.
To paraphrase King Leonidas of Sparta in 300 when he was told that his nation must submit, “This is America!”
There was no pass to defend, no cliffs, no burning sands, no crashing surf below as there had been at Thermopylae in August, 480 BCE; no one would lay dead and torn at the end of the day. Yet, even so, there was the same doomed courage and love of honor, duty and country as House Republican Leader, John Boehner led his 177 Republicans into Hall of the House Of Representatives to make their stand.
Like Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, Rep. John Boehner and his 177 were not alone when they made their stand;† a contingent Thespian and Theban volunteers stood beside the Spartans at the end in 480 BCE, and 11 Democrats crossed party lines to stand with the Republicans in January, 2009 CE.
Those Thespians and Thebans who stood beside the Spartans have gotten little notice from history. Let us not repeat that dishonorable mistake; let us honor these heroes for what they have done.
- Bobby Bright – Alabama’s 2nd district
- Parker Griffith – Alabama’s 5th district
- Allen Boyd – Florida’s 2nd district
- Walt Minnick – Idaho’s 1st district
- Brad Ellsworth – Indiana’s 8th district
- Frank Kratovil – Maryland’s 1st district
- Collin Peterson – Minnesota’s 7th district
- Gene Taylor – Mississippi’s 4th district
- Heath Shuler – North Carolina’s 11th district
- Paul Kanjorski – Pennsylvania’s 11th district
- Jim Cooper – Tennessee’s 5th district
These 11 Democrats crossed party lines in open defiance of the Democratic leadership in order to defend America against the ill-thought plans of Obama and the Liberals. Honor them as you would those those 177 Republicans who put their careers on the lines for all of our sakes.