The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took some time away from warning vulnerable Democrats to avoid Barack Obama’s presidential nominating convention to warn its donors that the Tea Party is all set to go on a dangerous “rampage” if the Supreme Court fails to strike down ObamaCare.
The email, written by the late Ted Kennedy’s son Patrick, ominously predicts that “If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage. Backed by Super PAC’s and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, they’ll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for health care reform and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece-by-piece.” (Emphasis mine.)
Of course, noble Democrats such as former Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy would never dream of “demonizing” anyone – for example, by calling them “dangerous Tea Party extremists” who are one Supreme Court decision away from going on a “rampage.” It’s no surprise that Kennedy is intellectually incapable of understanding the self-refuting idiocy of his fundraising email, but it’s troubling that many of the recipients might also lack that capability.
It’s pretty rich to hear anyone associated with Barack Obama call someone else’s campaign financing “shadowy.” Let me know when the Romney campaign disables the security software on its website and starts raking in piles of suspicious cash from unknown sources, the way Obama did in 2008. Let me know when Jon Corzine drops his first bundle of loot off at Mitt Romney’s doorstep.
“The Affordable Care Act represents a giant step forward for every American who lived in fear of bankruptcy because of illness,” claims Kennedy in his email. That is demonstrably, factually untrue. ObamaCare has been causing health care costs to explode. The only way it’s “bending the cost curve” is upward, and it’s going to get worse, not better.
The Medicare actuaries recently reported that ObamaCare will cause health spending to grow until it consumes 19.6 percent of the entire national economy by 2021, adding $478 billion to the baseline cost. The most intense cost increases occurring after 2014, when private-sector spending will rise by 7.9 percent, and Medicaid will skyrocket by 18 percent.
But there’s the difference between the Tea Party and the hapless dupes Patrick Kennedy is trying to cadge money from, in order to finance the Democrats’ “Health Care Rapid Response Fund.” The Tea Party actually has facts. They know what’s going on. They can read a spreadsheet. They understand the news coming from Europe. They know the old promises of socialism were always bankrupt, and it is no longer possible to pretend otherwise. They have always understood the simple truth that leftists fought to obscure for over a hundred years: nothing is “free.”
Would you like me to tell you what the Tea Party is going to do on Thursday, if ObamaCare is upheld by the Supreme Court, Mr. Kennedy? They’ll go back to work. They’ll take care of their families. On Thursday evening, they’ll redouble their efforts to lawfully overturn ObamaCare through the political process. Some will display increased enthusiasm for the candidacy of Mitt Romney, who has promised to do exactly that.
If Romney wins election in 2012 and doesn’t get to work overturning ObamaCare, the Tea Party will oppose him. If he makes good on his promise, the Tea Party will seek to influence America’s evolution toward market-based health care reform, which respects both the Constitution and the free citizens it exalts. We most certainly did not have such a system in 2008. It would be a grand achievement to build one in 2013, and proudly offer it to our children as an enduring legacy, not a collapsing cage of unsustainable obligations and phony accounting tricks that will crush their future.
And the Tea Party will never again trust the liars, frauds, and political hacks who thrust ObamaCare upon them, over the strong and enduring objections of a majority of Americans. We don’t need your “rapid response” political boiler rooms. We need our freedom back.