Good evening Comrades: Welcome to the United Socialist States of America. Our theme for tonight is “Two Roads Diverge in America.”
Most of us were appalled recently when the Supreme Court catapulted us down the road to Socialism and upheld ObamaCare as a tax under the Constitution’s Taxing and Spending Clause. They did this although nowhere in the Constitution was the national government vested with an enumerated power over the provision of health care. Nor were they vested with the enumerated power to regulate the act of doing absolutely nothing
Aside from ObamaCare being unconstitutional, this already bankrupt government has now added yet one more massive entitlement program that it can’t afford. Initially they said it would cost $900 billion. Now the projected cost has tripled, to $2.6 trillion.
Like Medicare that now costs 700 times the governments estimates, ObamaCare will follow the same path. Government is notorious for drastically underestimating costs. It’s ludicrous to be adding entitlements at a time when we should be eliminating them. It is as if the feds do not understand what a $16 trillion national debt is.
I’ll repeat what I said at the Tax Day Freedom Rally, where I gave an oversimplified example of how long it will take us to pay off our current national debt. If we paid $100 billion per year, it would take 160 years to pay it off. To put that in perspective, 160 years ago was before the civil war. So adding yet another massive and costly entitlement program now seems to be the act of mad men.
In addition to greatly increasing our national debt, ObamaCare will also destroy small business, result in massive unemployment, and drastically decrease the tax base. The results will be another Great Depression.
Like other companies, The Lion and Rose is already planning to take steps to mitigate the damage caused by this law. Actions that we are considering are pare down our menu to bare bones to eliminate kitchen employees and the associated cost of the new health requirements and replace servers with automatic ordering stations and walk up windows to cut costs.
Unfortunately, we will be forced to close some Lion and Rose restaurants, even if we take these drastic steps. An analysis shows that we may have to close four out of five Lion and Rose restaurants.
When you multiply the impact of our closings and downsizing across the entire nation, you can see why we felt that ObamaCare will cause another Great Depression. Fewer businesses mean fewer jobs and a shrinking tax base.
Now let’s look at the Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion: Good or bad.
Some pundits claim that Justice Roberts’ cleverly restricted the Commerce Clause. Regarding these limitations on the scope of the Commerce Clause, I don’t see it that way at all. I agree with Fred Thompson when he said that although the Court did not allow the absence of activity to be regulated under the Commerce Clause, that still leaves 99 percent of such cases that will involve some sort of alleged activity. So, we’re basically where we were before with regard to the Commerce Clause. While the government cannot make you buy broccoli, now it can fine you if you don’t.
That’s a very serious new infringement on our rights. Now they can not only tax you on things you do but also on things you do not do. They can punish you with a tax penalty for not buying electric cars, for example. This new power will bring out the lobbyist in droves to get special consideration for their clients’ products and services.
I can imagine General Motors lobbying the government to penalize us for not buying GM cars. Or national health clubs lobbying to punish Americans who did not pay for memberships at their clubs.
The government could fine people who do not live in houses under a certain size because of the larger carbon foot print.
They could penalize you if you did not buy energy efficient windows.
They could tax you for not buying push lawn mowers, to push you in to giving up those nasty, polluting gas mowers.
Or when conservatives get a majority, we could tax folks for not purchasing a gun because guns make American homes safer.
As you can see, the sky is the limit here, with the government forever finding more ways to punish its citizens with their tax penalties. For our own good, of course.
Thanks for nothing, Justice Roberts. You could have put an end to this travesty, but instead you chose to betray America and totally disregard the constitutional limitations placed on the Federal government.
Then some people laud the fact that the court’s decision at least prevents the Feds from pulling their existing Medicaid funding. While I’ll grant that it could be worse, this scenario is not quite as rosy as the pundits allege that it is.
The Court did decide that the federal government could not withdraw all of its previously committed Medicaid funding from a state, if they decided to not participate in the expansion of Medicaid. However, the Court did nothing to prevent the federal government from withholding future money from states that refuse to participate.
So we are left with no silver linings and one major concern for the future that goes beyond ObamaCare. After this Court decision, while the government cannot make you buy something under the Commerce Clause, it can tax you if you don’t under its taxing power.
What can we do now to get off the road to Socialism and back on the road to free markets? We must attack this from both the Federal and state levels.
First, on the Federal level: Since the court ruled the mandate is a tax, we can push for Congress to use budget reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare. That will only take 51 votes—not the usual 60 votes in the Senate required to avoid a filibuster.
To repeal ObamaCare, it will take at least 50 seats in the Senate, a majority n the House, as well as a president that will not exercise the power of veto.
Second federal option is defund ObamaCare. But Speaker of the House John Boehner has not supported defunding yet even though he could have, since all tax and appropriations bills start in the house.
Third federal option is future legal challenges. Be assured that we can expect many legal challenges to other parts of this Act such as to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. These unelected board members can submit a legislative proposal to Congress, and those edicts can automatically become law: without congressional action or approval. This is obviously unconstitutional and will be challenged for sure, just as other parts of the law will be. However, this will all take years and will only impact parts of ObamaCare, so is not an answer for today.
Several other real options for overturning ObamaCare reside with the states.
First state option is nullification. The states have the right to nullify laws that are unconstitutional. The doctrine of nullification has been a part of our system since 1798 when Thomas Jefferson argued that states have the right to void federal laws that are unconstitutional, in his opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Today, we see several states that have at least partially nullified federal law. There are 15 states that have openly defied federal drug laws by legalizing medical marijuana and 25 states that refused to implement the 2005 REAL ID Act, a law creating a national identification card. Based on how the Feds are now coming down on marijuana dispensaries in California, we can expect plenty of grief from them if we defy parts of ObamaCare that were upheld by the court. Regardless of the expected roadblocks, the Idaho House of Representatives became the first elected body in the nation to pass a nullification bill on Feb. 16, 2012. The republican Senate is expected to take it up soon, and the Republican Governor says he’ll sign it.
Second state option is an Article V Amendment Convention. I think that this is our best option for success on the state level because the process is enumerated in our Constitution. And the founders’ purpose was clearly to preserve states rights and protect its citizenry from an oppressive Federal government.
If an Article V convention is successful in overturning ObamaCare, this could revive the entire federalist movement and be used to return rights to the states on other matters as well. For example, states could use this mechanism to also address other serious grievances with the Federal government, like deficit spending, by passing a strong balanced budget amendment.
It takes an application from 2/3 of the state legislatures for Congress to call a convention to propose a constitutional amendment (34).
An agenda would be determined by the state applications. Delegates to the convention would be selected by the states and would be bound to stay within the scope of that agenda. And three-fourths of the states would have to ratify whatever the amendments convention proposes (38).
In other words, this process represents the states’ ultimate authority over the federal government. The states initiate the process, the states determine the reform agenda, and the states ratify any reform offered by the convention.
Third state option is to refuse to set up exchanges or expand Medicaid: this is another very important arrow in our quiver that we can use to combat ObamaCare.
In fact, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially informed the Secretary of Health and Human Services on July 9th that Texas will refuse to implement state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. This will save our state tens of billions of dollars in new, unfunded expenses, and it will shift those costs back to the Federal government. Thus hampering the implementation of ObamaCare.
We expect many other states to join Texas in opposition to this law. In fact, as few as 15 states are likely to have exchanges in operation by the 2014 deadline.
So, if states neither expanded Medicaid nor set up exchanges, that would effectively block most of ObamaCare’s new entitlement spending.
The employer mandate is triggered under the exchange. So states that don’t set up exchanges could also escape the “employer mandate,” and that is a big deal.
Anyone who would like to participate in a work group to flesh out any of these options let me know. I’ll leave some cards on the podium, or you can catch me and get one. Also remember to donate tonight to help fight the good fight.
I’ll close with this: I for one did not sign on to be a part of a socialist experiment and will do everything in my power to avoid it. Many of these remedies discussed tonight may be called radical by some. But liberals will call us radical no matter what we do; but what is really radical is refusing to live within your means and bankrupting America and generations to come.
Radical is implementing the Cloward-Piven principles and trying to overload and collapse the system, so you can rebuild it out of the chaos you created.
Radical is when a government destroys free markets and replaces it with socialism.
And radical is when the people let it happen.
Remember that the Declaration of Independence states that when government develops a pattern of abusing the rights of the people, “… it is their right; it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide for new Guards for their future security.”
Someone recently asked me what I thought about President Obama’s recent statement, “Business owners did not build their own businesses … Someone else did that.”
I think that is about as crazy as when Congresswoman Pelosi said that extending unemployment benefits is the best way to create jobs.
Or when the liberal Congressman who voted for ObamaCare said that we should not send troops to Guam because the island might tip over.
Or when Obama said in 2009 that his health care plan would lower our health care costs by 3000%. If our costs were lowered by 100%, they would be zero. Lowering costs by 3000% is mathematically impossible.
Or as crazy as when Obama told America that he had been selling his plan in 56 or 57 states and still had one or two more left to hit.
How could he say any of those outrageous statements he has become so well known for, without stopping and saying, “Wait a minute. What in the world did I just say?” The conclusion reached by most business people is:
That he makes these ludicrous statements because he is an economic illiterate. He has never created a company or a job in his life, yet he presides over a $16 trillion economy and makes decisions that impact millions of us who have.
His “off prompter” statement just reiterates his true belief system and lack of understanding about how business works. In a speech to a high school class, he actually told the students that free markets did not work and never had worked. In a Kansas speech, he once opined that there was no such thing as rugged individualism, and in his version of America there wouldn’t be.
I remember when I was building my first Lion and Rose restaurant how nerve-racking it was to plow that much money in to a new concept I had never done before. I had run plenty of restaurants but not created one from scratch or built one like this before.
I thought I had a good plan and hoped I knew what I was doing, but I spent many sleepless nights wondering about it. As my investment passed the $100k, $300k, $500k, $700k marks, my wife and I could only hope people would come in when we opened.
Each milestone in this investment was approached with plenty of trepidation. The cost far exceeded our projections. Many times I seriously wondered what if I build it and no one comes.
Fortunately the first day we opened, we were inundated with people standing shoulder to shoulder in our new pub, as they enjoyed the business I had created. Taking something from just a thought in my head only months before, to a tangible and beautiful business that people chose to frequent was a huge high for me. It was also a good feeling to know that I was providing excellent jobs and careers for so many folks. Jobs that did not exist before I created them.
Then I opened the second Lion and Rose expecting the same reception. I was disappointed. Our second Lion and Rose opened with a fizzle. I lost money there for over two years, but it finally turned around and became one of our best restaurants. That is the way business works: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And sometimes it takes time to win.
Since then, my wife and I have had other successes and failures, as we gambled on new businesses and put up our hard-earned money to build something we could be proud of. One thing that has never happened is for anyone, especially the government, to approach me and offer to share the cost of losses on the businesses that did not succeed.
Unlike those big Obama donors, green energy companies, and unions favored under Obama’s crony economics, small businesses stand on their own.
If a business fails, be assured no one else wants a piece of it. The entire loss is on the shoulders of the small business owner, and that is how we like it. We ask nothing from the government except to be left alone with our earnings.
This is the reality for small business. And the ability and willingness to take these risks and build something that provides jobs and services or products to people, who need them, represents that rugged individualism that Obama thinks does not exist.
Despite what you think, Obama, rugged individualism is alive and well in these United States, although every day you’re the president it grows more endangered.
“My husband and I attended our first Lincoln Day Dinner sponsored by the Wilson County Republican Party. The Lavernia Chamber of Commerce hall was decorated beautifully, silent auction and live auction items were prominently displayed, encouraging enthusiastic bidding, and Republican and Tea Party friends, 290 of them, made everyone feel welcome that evening.
“Ruby Manen, Wilson County Precinct Chair, invited San Antonio Tea Party President, George Rodriquez, to be the main speaker. There is a saying “the icing on the cake,” and that is exactly what George Rodriguez delivered in his speech that night. George did not speak “to” the audience, he spoke “for” all of us who believe in God, our Country, and our Constitution.
“George’s words resonated with everyone so much so that when he concluded his speech they could not, absolutely could not remain in their chairs. They gave George a standing ovation, and I believe the San Antonio Tea Party also received a standing ovation that evening.”
“The Peoples Voice”
The rains may have kept some away, but it didn’t dampen the patriotic enthusiasm on display at the Faith & Freedom First rally on Saturday, February 18th!
The San Antonio Tea Party joined a coalition of political, civic, and religious groups at Main Plaza to support and celebrate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as to protest the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate forced on religious institutions. The broad-based coalition included organizations such as the Latino National Republican Coalition, Alamo Pachyderm Club, Republican Men’s Club, Bexar County Republican Women, Republican Business Women, the Alamo Heights High School and Churchill High School Young Republicans, Young Republicans of Bexar County, The Justice Foundation, and Texas Leadership Coalition. With the San Fernando Cathedral as a backdrop for the event, prominent members of the clergy also took part, including Fr. John E. Leies of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Pastor Charles E. Flowers of Faith Outreach Center International, and Pastor Gerald A. Ripley, Jr., of Abundant Life Church. Also participating were the Hon. Art Martinez De Vara, Mayor of Von Ormy, and Dr. William P. Mueller of the Catholic Medical Association. The SATP was well represented among the crowd of approximately 200, as were a number of candidates for federal and state offices and local judgeships. Radio personality Trey Ware also braved the drizzle and attended the event. Several elected officials who were unable to attend—Congressmen Francisco “Quico” Canseco and Lamar Smith—delivered words of support through their local staffers.
George Rodriguez, SATP President, one of the speakers at the event, called on participants to “Remember in November” those who give lip service to support for religious liberties, but ignore those beliefs—recognized by the First Amendment of the US Constitution—through policies such as those the Administration recently announced.
In what was a proud testimony to diverse organizations coming together on a common issue, representatives from the sponsoring organizations didn’t let the city’s delay in granting a permit or the forecast of rain weaken their resolve to stage a meaningful event. Representatives of each of these organizations worked diligently since their press conference on February 11th (announcing the event) to gain the required permits and settle logistics before they could officially publish the time and location. Their patience paid off, and even the sun made a brief but welcome appearance half way through the event.
Additional information about the event may be viewed at WOAI’s report from the site. Also, we encourage readers to regularly visit Faith & Freedom First’s website for more information about the rally, as well as updates on a March event the coalition is planning.
The San Antonio Tea Party and a coalition of civic and religious groups will rally at noon on Saturday, February 18th, for the dual purposes to protest the recent Obama Administration contraceptive mandate forced on religious institutions, and to support and celebrate the First Amendment—part of the US Constitution that the Administration seems to have forgotten. The rally will be held at Main Plaza (San Fernando Cathedral) located at Main and Commerce Streets downtown San Antonio.
“All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” wrote English philosopher Edmund Burke. If ever that were true, it is now. Please join us for the rally this Saturday! Bring your signs, banners, and flags to let San Antonio and ultimately Washington, D.C. know “enough is enough!”
Please pass this information to others and invite them to join us. For more information on this issue, read the following statement by SATP President George Rodriguez.
Obama Attacks the First Amendment
The opposition to President Obama’s Contraceptive Mandate for religious hospitals and clinics is based on two fundamental points: personal religious belief and the U.S. Constitution.
First, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that the government cannot interfere in religious belief. Religious belief is the most personal and precious aspect of an individual’s personality. How we think makes us what we are. “As a man thinks, so is he.” Our personal and private beliefs are the basis of individual freedoms.
However, the dictators make every effort to control personal thoughts to control people. This is why our Founding Fathers prohibited this in the first amendment to the Constitution, to prevent the government from telling the people what or how to think. But Obama is trying to “fundamentally change America” (his words). He wants a political system where the government limits the freedoms of the people, instead of where the people limit the authority of the government. It is not the government’s business to make any church or any religion change its doctrine and beliefs to fit government policies. The Constitution clearly stops the government from imposing its ideas over any religion.
Second, we believe the real target of the Obama administration’s contraceptives mandate is the U.S. Constitution by using Obama-care as a weapon. We have seen other examples where the Constitution does not matter to the Obama Administration such as ignoring states’ rights. Liberal women’s groups want universal access to birth control but ignore the fact that there are many private nonprofit clinics that can provide such services. Why pick on religious groups? Where is the freedom of choice the liberals always clamor for?
In an effort to “accommodate” (Obama’s own word) the religious anger, the contraceptive mandate was shifted from Catholic employers to insurance companies. Instead of being forced to buy an insurance product that violates their beliefs, religious institutions will be forced to buy an insurance product that contributes to the profits and viability of a company that is federally mandated to violate their beliefs.
Obama wants to implement his liberal policies regardless of the Constitution. He feels the government and the collective should supersede the rights and beliefs of the individual. The mandate clearly impedes the free exercise of religion by requiring religiously affiliated medical centers to provide birth control assistance in spite of their religious belief. If Obama can be successful with this policy mandate, we are on a slippery slope to undermine personal freedoms of every kind.
This mandate must be rescinded completely, and Obama must stop his attack on religion, personal freedoms, and the U. S. Constitution. This is not just a religious issue; it is an American freedom issue.
As previously announced at the Feb. 11 press conference, a coalition of religious and civic groups–including the San Antonio Tea Party–will host a
Faith and Freedom First Rally on Saturday, February 18, at 12 p.m. at Main Plaza, downtown San Antonio. Main Plaza is located at Main and Commerce Streets, across from the San Fernando Cathedral. Click here for map and directions.
The purpose of the rally is to protest the Obama HHS contraceptives mandate being forced on religious institutions and to support/celebrate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Please pass the word to friends and church members to clear their schedule and make plans to join us Saturday at noon for this important rally.
The contraceptives mandate is yet another attempt to erode individual freedoms through ObamaCare and ignore the Constitution. We must unite and speak out!
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Posted 2/11/2012: At today’s press conference, we announced plans to hold a march and rally next Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10am in downtown San Antonio.
The exact site has yet to be determined, but we want everyone to pass the word to their friends and church members to clear their schedule and make plans to participate in this rally next Saturday. The purpose of the march and rally is to protest President Obama’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate which impedes religious freedom in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This is yet another attempt to erode individual freedoms through ObamaCare and ignore the Constitution. We must unite and speak out. You can stay posted for further information on the SATP website (www.sanantonioteaparty.us), or though your church and/or civic organization leaders. The Constitution is hanging by a thread, my friends, and we must say “no” to this mandate.
George Rodriguez, President, San Antonio Tea Party