When news that the Supreme Court –or more pointedly, Justice John Roberts—deemed ObamaScare “constitutional”, two words came to mind: Tea Party.
Tea Partiers coalesced from a diverse spectrum of people: black, white, Hispanic, Asian, middle class, upper middle class, disillusioned Democrats, fed up Republicans. We all united behind the Tea Party’s three central pillars then, and we will do so now: 1) Constitutionally limited governments; 2) fiscal responsibility; 3) free markets. Today’s decision attacks all three. (The bold leadership of Andrew Breitbart, Sarah Palin, Rick Santelli and others helped spur on the grassroots as well.)
Here at C4P, I said there could be a silver lining in all of this. Afterall, since Justice Roberts declared the funding mechanism for ObamaScare a tax, Tea Partiers will galvanize! The Tea Party sprang up in 2009-2010 because Pres. Obama’s bloated federal government was spending money it did not have, borrowing money it could not pay back (see: the nearly $1-trillion stimulus spending, QE1, QE2) and forcing numerous mandates on businesses and individuals (see: contraception mandate, 1099 IRS tax filing, among others).
Our own Rose Rocht raised a key issue I had not heard: according to Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution, “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” And since the Senate originated the “Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act”, which SCOTUS now declares uses a tax to fund it, then the monstrous legislation is doubly unconstitutional. The House-originated version, HR3962 “Affordable Health Care for America Act”, never became law.
As a mother and small business owner, I refused to get overly distressed. Rather, trying to discern what this nightmare meant I kept going back to the Constitution. As Mark Levin has said, the only thing standing between us and tyranny is the US Constitution. And since the 1st Amendment empowers us to a redress of grievances, the best vehicle for that is the formidable Tea Party.
Since 2009, I, and an army of other working and stay-at-home moms, carved time out of our schedules to attend Tea Party rallies, write members of Congress and media outlets, attend town hall meetings, distribute petitions, make phone calls, and educate and inform one another with facts. More recently, we have been working under the radar, working locally, within our ow
n and neighboring states (see: the victory in Wisconsin for another mom, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Gov. Walker). While some in the has-been, old media outlets have suggested the Tea Party is withering, I would direct them to Mark Twain: reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.
When the Tea Party surges the rest of the summer and fall, commonsense conservatives in both the Republican and Democratic parties (as a former Democrat, yes there are a few) must not only repeal ObamaScare, they must also come up with a solution to replace it. Both political parties know that reform is needed. It is now up to Mitt Romney and the GOP, working with Tea Party republicans, democrats and independents, to effectively and powerfully message a solution to We the People. When they do, Barack Obama will fulfill his own promise: he will be a one-term President.
If Justice Roberts wants to rewrite ObamaScare, claiming the “penalty” is a “tax” and therefore Constitutional, then he has uttered the very word that galvanizes Tea Partiers. Like Tea Act of 1773 tax, the ObamaScare 2010 tax will not stand. It must not stand.