By Mr. Curmudgeon
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the power to do just about anything it desires provided it’s called a tax. It’s hard not to notice that the Progressive march toward totalitarianism in America has a decidedly bipartisan feel. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the high court’s majority opinion, is an appointee of “compassionate conservative” George W. Bush.
This ruling positions the Tea Party as the only alternative to our broken two-party system.
At the center of the controversy, stands the individual mandate, which orders every American to participate in government-run health care or face fines or imprisonment.
I know this is an election year, and most Americans are used to pretending that presidential elections highlight the “stark contrasts between the two parties,” but the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling and the histories of both presidential candidates belay that tired fantasy.
The presidential contest pits the father of the individual mandate against his protégé. The father, of course, is Mitt Romney. The Republican faithful counter that Romney and congressional establishment Republicans have pledged to “repeal and replace” Obama and Pelosi’s dictatorial abomination. It’s the “replace” part of the equation that should give us pause.
That said, I intend to hold my nose and vote for Romney for one reason and one reason only: The Supreme Courts’ health care ruling serves as a recruiting tool, adding more Americans to the Tea Party army. If, as in the midterm elections of 2010, Tea Party candidates head to Washington, the Progressive wing of the Republican Party will be hard pressed to ignore their power.
If the high court says Congress has unlimited power to bleed taxpayers dry, the acronym “Taxed-Enough-Already” takes on greater meaning and urgency.
The Tea Party must intensify its crusade to repeal the tenure of big-government politicians in both parties and replace them with small-government constitutionalists.
That means a greater Tea Party presence in the House and Senate, and that requires a re-doubling of Tea Party efforts to overthrow the Progressive wing of the GOP.