The Ides fall a week late this year. Julius Caesar’s death marked the end of the Roman Republic. The massive economic power grab that yesterday’s health care vote represents may well herald the death of another.

So perhaps the labels cavalierly assigned to this vote – landmark, historic, momentous, seminal – are ironically appropriate. Just as the Roman Senators believed their knives restored a Republic they actually ended, so yesterday’s votes may be wielded with similar irony. Even the victorious march amongst an angry public was emulated by our conquering representatives. Most extraordinary is how this bill is being spun in the media, as if it were the victorious culmination of the work of toiling crusaders who have achieved something grand and historically unique.

Here’s the reality: A liberal president with almost unprecedented majorities in both houses of Congress has stumbled through an entire year desperately striving to convince his own party to pass a watered down version of the socialist health care policies which are already the norm across Europe, Asia, Central and South America and most of the rest of the globe. Instead of improving or augmenting the exceptional system we already have, Democrats have struggled enormously to force an unwilling country to fall into step with the mediocrity of the rest of the world.

The only adversity Obama has overcome was generated by the sheer incompetence of his own administration and party. The only accomplishment, to emulate the tired socialism of Europe. Why would Democrats want to do this you ask? Calvin Woodward blinded by the glitter sums it up quite nicely (if unintentionally):

“Besides, as much as Americans hate overbearing government and higher taxes, give them a federal benefit and then just try to take it away. Today’s hot potato becomes tomorrow’s cherished check.”

Well of course. When you create an entitlement and force people to rely on it, there is little chance you’re going to convince them to surrender it down the road. Democrats have built their entire political philosophy on this principle. Take from the wealthy, skim a fat administrative fee off the top for yourself and your political cronies, throw the crumbs to the voters and force them to rely on it. Innovation and freedom, the two hallmarks of the American system, will be utterly destroyed by this bill.

Woodward cites Medicare and Social Security as examples of what this great moment in history can be compared to. Both programs are and soon the entire federal government will be virtually bankrupt thanks largely to those gems of political history. It’s extraordinary how our elected officials will decry the “greed” of the private sector. Our Social Security trust fund has long been plundered each and every time those same representatives have deigned to step outside the glass houses they live in.

We consider achievement generically in America, as if mere accomplishment is something to be admired. The president and Democrats have worked hard to complete what Pelosi calls “the great unfinished business of our country.” That phrase fits whatever she wants to fit into it. By a similar standard, conquering England could be Germany’s great unfinished business. Scamming the remainder of New York City’s wealthy entrepreneurs is Bernie Madoff’s great unfinished business. Throwing 50 interceptions in a single season is Ryan Leaf’s great unfinished business. Sometimes, doing things is not so great.

The one silver lining to Obamacare may be the energizing of Republicans. The party has been virtually lost since the end of Ronald Reagan’s second term. If they don’t focus like a laser beam on repealing and roadblocking yesterday’s travesty, we might as well chuck the Constitution into the dustbin of history.