Many in conservative circles are debating whether the move in Congress to defund Obamacare is the right political strategy.

Some well-intentioned people believe we’ll lose the fight to defund.  They lament that the President will veto the bill, if we do somehow manage to get it through the Senate.  They fear that a loss here will hurt the morale of the grassroots army now constantly in battle against an unrepresentative government.

Most of these well-intentioned friends are government insiders, strategists, or consultants.

But they misunderstand the army.

True patriots are invigorated by the fight.  We don’t get depressed when we lose.  We get angry that the bad guys in government ignored us and we fight even harder.  Plus, this gives us more passion for our broader fight for an Article V amending convention, which seems to be the only strategy to salvage our nation.

But I have two messages.

First, to all of you strategists, consultants, and government insiders: don’t worry about our morale.  We’re now battled-hardened warriors with two election cycles under our belts.  You told us that if we got our backsides handed to us in the Presidential race, we’d give up.  But, we didn’t go away, give up or slow down.  The Marines don’t give up when they experience casualties or losses; they regroup and hit back twice as hard.  The tea party movement has become the political equivalent of Marines – a well-trained, experienced political fighting force.  We don’t and won’t give up.  In the weeks after the 2012 election, I met with thousands of activists, and they were more enthusiastic and organized than ever.  That’s because we understand this is a long, hard war.  The difference between us and you is that we fight every battle, and we’re tired of politicians who won’t.

Second, Mister President, go ahead and veto the defunding of Obamacare.  I dare ya to let the American people know, preferably in red ink, that you really don’t care what they think.

A full sixty percent of Americans say the federal government no longer has the consent of the governed.  Even the unions are turning against the President.   This imperial behavior is broadening the number of people willing to fight for true self-governance.

So don’t worry.  No matter what happens, those of us long on the battlefield will be here, ready to take advantage of the political momentum.

Thanks to you, our numbers are growing.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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  1. SenatorMark4

    I’m just waiting for the time we get to go on the offensive. Unfortunately, we’re still trying to figure out what our weapons look like!

    The dems know they can buy votes with section 8 housing, welfare, snap, and phones, but we still haven’t realized that Santa is impossible to fight. This country “for the people” is becoming a country of “some of the people”. We need to change that.

    A wroking man gets his income reported on a W-2. An independent contractor gets their 1099-MISC. It is time that government start marking their give-a-ways with a 1099-GoV. then we could know what government thought was required in “fairness”. Phones? My deduction is the same is the freebie. Food? My deduction is 150% of that 1099-GOV because I worked for it.

    • richard40

      The main question is are there still enough americans left that consider the overall health of the nation more important than their individual handouts, and will they realize in time that the dems are not interested in the welfare of the nation, and even many non-tea party repubs dont really care.

  2. Michael Murphy

    Better idea is to employ Judo or jiujitsu. Embrace, for the moment, Obamacare. Vote to fund the government with the proviso that the excellent Obamacare must be used by all: no exemptions. Period. Not for congress, not for favored industries, not for staffers, not for the president. Let the Senate fail to pass that. Let Obama veto that.

    This would do a number of things. Compel the press to cease demonizing the party of no, compel the press to report this maneuver, compel the press to figure a way to tell this story in a way favorable to Obamacare. It would force government employees, unions and the exempted industries to re-think their views on the topic, would energize the base, piss off the poorly informed who would learn for the first time that congress is giving themselves an out, etc.

  3. Lester

    The GOP needs to pull out a sensible replacement for ObamaCare when the shite hits the fan. Game, set, match.

    • richard40

      Its buying into the dem narrative to say we must have a gov plan to replace obamacare before we can repeal it. How about the replacement just being whatever we had before obamacare passed, since as bad as it may have been it was much better than obamacare. Then, post repeal, put forward very small gradual reforms, fully vetted in committee, to gradually bring back a real free market to healthcare.

      • Dan

        My rates are now 1/2 what they were before the ACA took effect. Remind me how that is worse than before….?
        Why would the Republicans want to replace Obamacare when it was THEIR plan in the first place???
        Do you not know anything about how this bill came to be? It was patterned after REPUBLICAN bills from the early 1990’s and what Mittens Romney did in his state.
        In particular, the individual mandate was the brainchild of the REPUBLICANS. It promotes individual responsibility… since when are conservatives against individual responsibility?

      • Tyerd Ofitall

        simply hogwash, Dan. We are tired of the disinformation campaign that is attempting to complete the goal of destruction of our country. Please rethink your “side” and pray – a lot.

  4. Mike Mahoney

    I must say, I’m a little bit pissed. I’ve been at this battlement for 37 years, voting, writing, contributing, learning. If all you got is 2 election cycles under your belt, imagine, if you can, the grit and determination it takes to go a generation and a half. I will not quit. The most upsetting part has been the slow discovey that the R party organization is irretirvably indentured to merchantilist/corporatists. It has come time to move outside the party structure. It may have the salutorious effect of breaking the bonds of servitutde. Or not. But that’s not the goal. The goal is liberty.

    • richard40

      You need to take over the repub party with the tea party, just as the original repub party took over the corrupt and ineffective Whigs.

  5. Harwood

    It’s an even bet that our Narcissist in Chief will preserve his “signature” legislation over the larger interests of the nation.

  6. RebeccaH

    We didn’t get our backsides handed to us in the last election, just FYI. Obama barely scraped by, and I firmly believe that was largely due to maneuvering by politicized federal agencies, and voter fraud. To me, that’s even more reason to continue the fight.

    • Dan

      How can you think 332 electoral votes to 206 electoral votes is not a complete spanking?
      Obama handed Mittens his milky white toast butt.
      You anti-Obama people are but a small group with nothing but loud rhetoric and no grasp of facts.
      We’re becoming more liberal as a nation… better get used to it. The Teapublicans are on the losing side of EVERY major issue right now. Same sex marriage, war on drugs, immigration reform, healthcare reform, taxing the rich appropriately, gun control, abortion, birth control, etc….
      You people are just too ignorant to understand all the good President Obama has done for you.

      • Tyerd Ofitall

        We are anti-criminal. We want someone that respects the citizens and our Constitution. We can read – and are aware that Obama has done little good. We can see that the unemployment rate has steadily risen; racial divide has been stoked beyond comprehension; and never before in America the outright encouragement for abortions has risen to criminal. Our rights (try reading the Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights) are systematically being rewritten and taken away – illegally. We are watching, listening and not approving of what is happening.

      • Ryan

        Cheating your way in the swing states to tip the electoral votes in your favor is not a spanking, but deserves one. The anti Obama crowd is not a small group but about 1/2 the nation and growing. Becoming more liberal is nothing to be proud of. If liberals get their way, they will end up with a country NO ONE will want to live in. The more liberal we become the more crime we get. Ignorance is anyone who can’t see that the lack of civility will end ANY civilization. Get your facts straight before you start calling names…and since you have no valid argument.

  7. gvnaga

    I agree that the 1st step should be that Congress will pass an amendment which would cancel their exemption for Obamacare and also the unions give up their preferential exclusions.
    This will show to the public that is us…that it is going to be a fair game and everyone is going to be in this fight to provide healthcare to all at a reasonable cost.
    I do think that healthcare providers should have a say in implementing this in an equitable way and the politicians will also force the attorneys to accept a reasonable liability reform which is the rootcause of the escalating costs in healthcare


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