The statement below is from the Paul Revere project, representing many conservative, libertarian and Tea Party leaders. The project is directed by Al Regnery, former publisher of the American Spectator magazine and former president of Regnery Publishing.
Statement of the Paul Revere Project
Conservatives, Libertarians, Pro-Life and pro-Family Advocates and the Tea Parties Must Unite to Make the November Election a Referendum on Obamacare
That great majority of Americans who still believe in liberty must now put their differences aside, work together and defeat the forces of statism in November.
If there was any lesson that came from the Supreme Court on Thursday, it was that Americans cannot rely on anybody but themselves to protect their liberty. If the free society is to be preserved it can only be done at the ballot box by people with a common goal.
President Obama, the slim majority in Congress, and now the Supreme Court have banded together to impose, on middle-class Americans, one of the largest tax increases in history. Worse, that troika of government power has joined together to create one of the largest expansions of government power in decades – a new law that will infringe on the liberties of every American, will result in vast deficits while destroying the best health care system the world has ever known, will. violate religious liberty, and create detrimental interference by government in people’s daily lives.
As likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, “If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama.” While replacing President Obama is at the top of the list, replacing enough members of Congress to assure that the votes exist to throw the law out is a close second.
The American system of government is built on the concept that government power comes from the people and that government should have no more power than the people want it to have. Elections, under our system, are designed to remind politicians and the bureaucracy that their power over the rest of us can be taken back as easily as it is granted. That is just what happened in 2010, when voters retired the congressional majority responsible for Obamacare. Now the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, more concerned with the reputation of his institution than the liberties he is charged with protecting, has upheld the law by re-writing it, turning its mandate into a tax that the defeated congressional majority, and the President, claimed was not a tax. But what the Supreme Court was really telling Americans was that if you don’t want this law, you are going to have to defeat it at the ballot box in November. There is no better time for the American voter to again assert the limits of power over the institutions of Washington.
Thus all the forces in American society who believe in liberty, whether they are Republicans, Democrats or independents, must join together to make the November election a referendum on Obamacare.
Who are all these people? They are the traditional conservatives, to whom liberty is sacred. They are libertarians, to whom a sound economy and lower taxes are important. They are Evangelical Christians, who defend the family and believe in the sanctity of life. They are Catholics, whose religious liberty is threatened by an intrusive bureaucracy. They are the Tea Party, offended by intrusive government and threats to liberty. They are even those to view a weakened American economy as a threat to our national security. In short, they are the majority of Americans who want no part of this over-reaching, intrusive and unpopular law.
Some of commented that the Supreme Court on Thursday handed the freedom-loving American voter the greatest gift of all time. Hard for some to construe, to be sure, but if true, let us band together and deny the President and Congress another term to inflict even more damage to American freedom.
The Paul Revere Project is a non-partisan journalism effort comprised of individuals and organizations from all parts of the conservative movement, libertarians, and the Tea Party.