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 Meckler

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.