UPDATE (10:10 p.m., 3/21/10): make that 219 votes.
As the House of Representatives meets today to change our nation forever on a strictly partisan vote, remember that despite the best efforts of our betters, there will continue to be innovators who will develop work-arounds to the rotting edifices of government design. We have not reached the point we are in this world by dimly accepting the dictates of the busybodies and blackguards who will vote today to impose their misguided dream.
We will continue to learn, to adapt, to pioneer, to achieve and to overcome the obstacles that we place in our own path. We will do these things because we have abilities, drive and faith.
It's a beautiful early spring day in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. We've done what we could to change the course of the events that will take place today in our nation's capital. I'm going to enjoy this day, secure in the knowledge that whether our representatives do the right thing today, we as Americans still will have the opportunity to put things right if they don't.
Be not afraid. God has blessed this nation and blessed us all. That doesn't change because 216 or 217 individuals vote otherwise.