First of all, I would like to join my fellow blogger Chris Yogerst in thanking David Horowitz, Michael Finch, and everyone else at the Freedom Center for providing us one of the most stimulating conferences that I have ever attended in my life.
What I got out of the Restoration Weekend – in addition to meeting fascinating people, paying tribute to our military and and listening to provocative speeches from Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter and many others – was a call to action. Horowitz performed his own version of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride – summoning every American who believes that our country is heading over the cliff to do whatever he or she can to help us reverse course now!
Several speakers, including Bachmann, made the point that the Democratic leadership is hellbent on passing their reckless agenda, even if it means giving up their power temporarily in 2010 and 2012. They are of the view that once programs like Obamacare and cap-and-trade are passed, the country will be so radically altered that it will only be a matter of time before they return to power with permanent majorities. And just in case there is any doubt, they will make sure to re-fund ACORN’s fraudulent vote-stealing programs and a universal voting registration program that will be sure to bring millions of illegal immigrants and convicted felons to the voting booths without challenge.
Representative Bachmann has taken up Horowitz’s call to lead the tea party movement in a protest of the insane trial in federal civil court of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his band of co-terrorists. Ms. Bachmann asked the audience members to give her their cards so that a contact list can be compiled of potential protesters. Of course, I obliged. I live in New York and was a block from Ground Zero on 9/11. I intend to protest the propaganda circus that Eric Holder is bringing to town, along with hopefully many thousands of other outraged Americans.
This is but one of many fronts in the ongoing war against the Left to take back our country.
The Democrats’ health insurance monstrosity moved forward in the Senate during what is being aptly referred to as a Saturday Night Massacre. We heard from Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina by phone the morning after (the massacre unexpectedly took him back to Washington D.C. to vote.) He reported on plans ahead to stop the bill from leaving the Senate floor. It will be an uphill battle, to be sure.
But even if the filibuster-proof majority in the Senate holds together and the bill advances to become law against the wishes of the majority of the American people, the war is not over. In the spirit of Restoration Weekend’s call for action, it must be challenged in court on the day it is enacted.
The mandate for every individual to purchase health insurance at levels dictated by the government can be overturned as an unconstitutional overreach of Congressional power. With a center-right Supreme Court that resists encroachments on individual and states rights, there is a real chance that this provision can be invalidated. It is the first time that Congress has ever required all of us to purchase something - i.e., to engage in commerce even if we choose not to – simply because we are alive and breathing. That is not regulating interstate commerce. It is forcing individuals to engage in commerce or face penalties and possible jail time simply because they are alive. Even the income tax required the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution in order for it to be lawfully imposed.
If this provision can be overturned, the Obamacare ponzi scheme may well fall apart like a house of cards.
Stay tuned tomorrow for some ideas to stop some other Leftist assaults on our freedoms, such as accommodation of Islam in our public schools.