Tea Partiers protest Obamacare and legal pretzel logic of the Roberts Court. Photo by David Stewart
The lively protest was held near the VC Government center, on the corner of Victoria and Telephone. This is a common gathering spot, since it is the most visible evidence of government in the county, although our county govt. is not our biggest worry by far (we don't consider our military bases to be that, since DoD is merely a servant of govt.).
There were flags, some upside down to signal distress, signs, such as Repeal Obamacare, Obamacare with a skull and crossbones, "Obamacare Needs End of Life Counselling," "Death Panels," "Biggest Tax Increase in History- Thanks, Obama," various comments on taxes and unconstitutional weasel words from legislators and judges alike.
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Most participants in the rally reacted in less than 24 hours, some considerably less, to be here. Some only found out about it at work and went directly there.
After a long battle, dating back to 2009, Obamacare was passed, amid allegedly illegal tactics, eventually culminating in 26 states suing the U.S. and the Supreme Court upholding the monstrous Obamacare law, now officially the largest tax increase in history. It is also the biggest shift of power and economic activity to government control in history and probably the biggest collection of Bill-of-Rights infringements also.
Keep in mind that Obamacare is one of the Tea Parties' signature issues, along with out of control spending, taxes and abrogation of constitutional law and liberties. Obamacare embodies all of that.
Many, many Tea Partiers protested and told their legislators in no uncertain terms that they wanted no part of Obamacare. Lesson learned: that doesn't work. But political action and election campaigning did later, resulting in the largest legislative shift in most of our lifetimes. So why did we even have Friday's event? To evoke the spirit of TEA PARTY 2009 and signal "game on." This Tea Party has always, from day 1, focused on political awareness and activity. This year will be no exception. Contact us if you want to work on the healthcare o other issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
Obamacare has been both a victory and defeat.
- A defeat, in that it was rammed down our throats in conflict with constitutional law, principles of liberty, economic sense, freedom, choice and free enterprise.
- a victory, in that it ignited the largest civil protests in history and resulted in an earthshaking shift of power in the government in the 2010 elections. The latest unconstitutional ruling is guaranteed to affect the election in our favor, so JUMP on it!
There was much discussion about what to do about it. Since I was circulating around at the rally and talking to various people, I'll attempt to summarize what was discussed (add your comments below):
- All were opposed to Obamacare, except 4 hecklers
- Vast majority were dismayed by the SCOTUS ruling.
- Most realized that it will be exceedingly hard to repeal Obamacare, even with a small absolute Senate majority (60 vote cloture rule?), along with House and Presidency control. Some say that ruling means cloture rule doesn't apply. Anyone know?
- Some suggest House defunding of Obamacare, something Boehner has refused to do so far. This may be our best option now.
- The situation does permit states to refuse Medicaid expansion, something CA is unlikely to take advantage of, unless forced to by bankruptcy.
_ Most expected that "The Mandate" would be stricken, but most of the rest of the law would be upheld, subjected to battering in the coming years, if not repealed.
- Most thought that the ruling will help us in the election, although California may be a lost cause electorally.
- Some thought it was good that the ruling set limits on future invocations of the Commerce Clause to justifyt unlimited govt. expansion.
- Most felt the the ruling was a disaster, that Roberts abandoned us at the worst possible time, that it was disingenuous at best to claim it is actually a tax and to rewrite the law from the bench, when all have previously specifically said it was NOT a tax.
Having hecklers is a sign that you're attracting attention. We had a total of 4:
- 3 had a crudely lettered cardboard sign with obscentities, a de facto admission of rhetorical defeat.
- 1 stated that Obamacare had saved his life. Upon inquiry, we learned that the early adoption of accepting prior conditions may have indeed enabled life saving treatments. Many Republicans already agree with that and wanted it in reforms, but are unwilling to tolerate all the other baggage which come with Obamacare.
Passing cars mostly signaled support by a large margin, but opposition was more strident than during previous events. The civil split is becoming more and more evident.
As far as the impact on the presidential election? O's large entitlement constituency is sure to love it, but opponents outnumber them now and will be energized by this.
An Obama clone in attendance
Increasing fiscal instability caused by uncontrolled spending/debt will eventually undermine things, but not before this year's elections. It is evident that Obamacare, just like Medicare, will cost far more than the mendacious estimates provided.