But Republicans have been systematically, and at a higher and higher pitch, declaring the health care law, and the government that made it law, illegitimate, dangerous and tyrannical. Comments like that do one thing: They stoke the fire already fueled by anger over bailouts and taxes and a perceived threat to liberty.
Former Massachusetts governor and presidential aspirant Mitt Romney said, the day after health care passed the House, "America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power."
Steele followed up by saying he wanted to get House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "ready for the firing line this November," in trying to promote his "Fire Pelosi" moneybomb.
One of the most vicious screeds came from Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) after Sunday's vote:
Today Americans are reacquainted with the danger of an arrogant all powerful government, a deadly enemy within, a clear and present danger in Washington.
In spite of nationwide opposition socialized medicine is being forced down our throats. That medicine is toxic to freedom. But freedom dies hard in America.
I do not believe that the majority of Americans will submit passively to the gold chains of socialism.
Conservative congressmen Michele Bachmann and Steve King have each called for revolution. Bachmann called on supporters to disobey the health care law. In the days before the weekend's vote, King called tea partiers to shut down Washington by packing the city's streets.
Former Alaska governor and conservative darling Sarah Palin used Twitter, entreating supporters, "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) called the health care bill "an insult to our democracy" that was done "in the face of overwhelming public outrage and bipartisan opposition in Congress."
And Erick Erickson, right-wing blogger and CNN contributor, sums it up:
But something seems to be brewing and I frankly don't think the Democrats should at all be surprised. They were and they knew they were playing with fire to advance legislation many Americans see as the undoing of the American Experiment. Some of those Americans will now conclude that, like with the founders, if King George will not listen, King George must be fought.