Now, as we celebrate our nation’s 236th year of independence, the modern-day tea party is declaring its independence from the Washington elites, who have failed to represent the American people, or stand up for the principles on which our great country was founded.
At the top of the list of elites is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. Even though President Obama and his lawyers told the Supreme Court that Obamacare wasn’t a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that it was a tax – the biggest tax in world history. Had the Affordable Care Act been sold to the public as the biggest tax hike in world history, which hit the middle class hardest, there is absolutely no way it would have passed even a Democratic controlled Congress.
And yet here we are, with one group of Washington elites saying it it’s not a tax, another group saying it is a tax, and the American middle class is stuck paying the bill – in the middle of the deepest and most protracted economic rut in nearly a century.
No matter what the Washington elites call it, we the American people call it the way it is: Obamacare is unconstitutional and it must be fully repealed.
The Supreme Court got it wrong. A slim majority of the Supreme Court got it right, until Chief Justice Roberts began freelancing at the expense of the Constitution. And, before it could even get to the Supreme Court, the unconstitutional Obamacare law should have never been passed in the first place. The White House introduced the unconstitutional Obamacare, Congress passed it against the will of the American people, and the Supreme Court invented an argument out of thin air to keep it alive. Can we count on the same institutions that failed us on Obamacare to fully repeal Obamacare now? Will a new Administration, a new Congress and a new Senate be any better at defending the Constitution and representing the will of the American people?
The GOP nominee gave a fantastic speech after the ruling, vowing to Repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of his administration. But in subsequent days he and his campaign have been anything but clear. They’ve called it a penalty, then a tax, and gotten bogged down in language games instead of clearly explaining to the American people why Obamacare should be fully repealed. Sometimes focus groups and polling isn't necessary to understand where the American people stand on an issue.
The American people don’t care if you call it a tax, a penalty or a mandate, they want it fully repealed. Is that too difficult for politicians to understand?
Gov. Romney: if you want to win in November you must honor the will of the majority of Americans who want Obamacare fully repealed – and fully repeal it. And don’t just repeal it, repudiate it. Make the case, on philosophical grounds, that the U.S. government had no business forcing us to purchase anything. You are a businessman and you know how close America is to bankruptcy. The overwhelming majority of American families do not want our country to be like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Lay out how you are going to prevent that from happening. Tell the GOP in the House they were wrong to increase spending again last Friday. Show America you have the fortitude to stand up to the elite ruling class in Washington and say no to increased spending, no to increases in taxes, no to a government takeover of our health care, and no to bigger government.
You represented the state where the Boston Tea Party sparked this nation into existence. You owe it to our nation’s founders, whose ranks you hope to join, to defend the Constitution that they risked their lives for, to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” and to save our nation from bankruptcy. You can start by fully repealing Obamacare as your first act in office, and by balancing America’s budget within five years without raising taxes.
Our forefathers stood up to a power-hungry government that had overstepped its bounds. Now it’s time for all of us to stand up, to save this great nation.
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in 1776. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will not, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
The second American Revolution is now.
Martin is co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization.