Part 4 – Thorner: ‘Grassroots Army’ recruitment to fight defund Obamacare ney-sayers

August 12, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Thorner: ‘Grassroots Army’ recruitment to fight defund Obamacare ney-sayers

Health InsuranceBy Nancy Thorner – 

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling on America’s grassroots conservative activists to rise up against Obama Care in a call to arms that we must be heeded to help activate a “Grassroots Army” to change the minds of those who are beating the drum against defunding.

Cruz and other conservative lawmakers are urging Republican leaders to use ObamaCare as a bargaining chip, with a warning to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mich McConnell that unless the president’s signature law is defunded they won’t support a “continuing resolution” to fund the federal government

It must be clarified that Cruz is not talking about shutting down the government, as he doesn’t have the power to to do so, only to defund ObamaCare. If Congress should submit a spending resolution to President Obama that would defund ObamaCare, it would be Obama’s choice to either do what many Americans want, jettison ObamaCare or draw a line in the sand and shutdown the government.

A recent poll commissioned by Tea Party Patriots indicates that Americans, not just Republicans, but all Americans, actually support a temporary shutdown to the government to stop the implementation of ObamaCare by a margin of 48-39 percent, while 71% of voters favor some sort of delay in the implementation of ObamaCare.


Senator Tom Cruz has argued that Republicans could avoid fallout in case of a partial government shutdown by vigorously rebutting allegations that Republicans are to blame.

For us [Republicans] to win this fight the American people have to be with us  We want to keep the government open. . . Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the federal government in order to force ObamaCare down the throats of the American people? 

The efforts of Senator Ted Cruz and other conservatives to defund Obamacare has some semblance to David and Goliath, 1 Samuel 17, with the government and establishment Republicans striking back with all the might of a Goliath before the giant suffered defeat at the feet of an undaunted and courageous David.

Not only are Republican establishment leaders and like-minded members in the House and Senate fighting those who wish to defund ObamaCare*, but the same conservatives are also encountering a well-funded beast in a nearly bottomless slush fund of $12.5 billion — the “Prevention and Public Health Fund”– that can be released, in part, to promote ObamaCare through TV, radio, bill boards, and the social media.

*House Eric Cantor, fearful of the call by House conservative to defund Obama and uneasy with the talk of a shutdown, felt it necessary to speak with National Review Online on Friday, August 9th.  In so doing Cantor threw cold water on the defund rallying cry by House conservatives.

Said Cantor:

No one is advocating a government shutdown. . . In order to avoid a government shutdown, we need 60 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House to pass a continuing resolution.  To get 60 votes in the Senate, you need at least 14 Democrats to join Republicans and pass a CR that defunds.

But the impossible task of repealing ObamaCare still remains the goal of Cantor, Boehner and many other House Republicans as they attempt to chip away at ObamaCare through a piecemeal effort, such as attempting to delay the mandate for people, such has been done for big business.

None other that Mitt Romney on Tuesday, August 6, warned Republicans at a fundraiser in New Hampshire for the state’s Republican Party against a government shutdown over ObamaCare:

But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government.  What would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is of duty?

Although the task at hand appears to be a tall order to accomplish, the only way to fight back and meet the challenge is through a public uprising to defund ObamaCare. The American people must rise up to over power and change the minds of those who are beating the drum against defunding.

Pressure must be exerted on Republican leaders and other Republicans who have not signed Mike Lee’s letter to defund ObamaCare, reminding them that if they haven’t signed Lee’s letter they are for ObamaCare.  There are too many shrinking violet Republicans (and wobblies) in Congress who live in fear of negative criticism, even if their base stands behind them to do the right thing.  It may be now or never to strike a fatal blow on ObamaCare.

Heritage Action, a sister organization of The Heritage Foundation, is fighting for you and has started the ball rolling.  As Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMit wrote in their op-ed on Friday, August 9th in the Wall Street Journal:

Obamacare can be stopped only if Congress denies funding for it in the next spending bill, which must be passed in September. . . The president is the one threatening to shut down the government, through the media won’t cover it that way. . . Republicans could lose the national debate.  But a failure of Republicans to show the courage of their convictions on such a fundamental issue will inspire no one and will further alienate the American people from their government.  This carries far greater risks to the nation’s future than the threat of a government shutdown or the risk of losing the next election.

Heritage Action will begin hosting town halls in nine cities across the nation on August 19, starting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and concluding on August 29 in Wilmington, Delaware.  Other cities on the tour are Dallas, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio; and Pittsburgh.

The meetings are open to the public. Featured speakers on the “Defund Obamacare” Heritage Action tour include CEO Michael A Needham; Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, Senator Ted Cruz and his father, Rafael Cruse, when in Dallas; Senator Mike Lee of Utah; Texas Senator Rand Paul; and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

Be part of Senator Cruz’s “Grass Roots” army.  Sign up as a grass roots conservative activist dissatisfied with the lack of courage and fortitude being shown by our elected Republican legislators.

First off, sign the petition Senators Cruz and Lee have been promoting on online that already has over 250,000 signatures.

Insist that elected Republicans U.S. representative and senator commit to defunding ObamaCare by co-sponsoring the Meadows Letter in the House or the Lee Letter in the Senate.

Attend your district’s town hall meetings, unless your legislator is in hiding, then insist he has one!

Here in Illinois call the local offices of our six Republican Illinois congressman and Senator Mark Kirk telling them to jump aboard the defunding ObamaCare bandwagon, reminding them if they don’t stop this law NOW, millions of Americans will lose their health coverage, many will be forced to pay higher taxes, and hundreds of thousands will lose their jobs.

Contact information for Republican U.S. House members – Illinois offices:

Rodney Davis ( 217-403-4690); Randy Hultgren ( 630-232-7104) Thank Rep. Hultgren for signing on; Adam Kinzinger ( 815-431-9271); Peter Roskam (847-656-6354); Aaron Schock (217-670-1653); John Shimkus    (217-446-0664).

Contact information for Illinois Senators – Chicago offices: Mark Kirk (312-886-3506) and Richard Durbin (312-353-4952)

The Clock is ticking.  Time is wasting away.   Are you on board as a concerned citizen in the ‘Grassroots Army’ of Senator Ted Cruz?  Make phones ring of their hooks!

Part 1:  Wobblies seek to disrupt defunding of Obamacare  –

Part 2:  Outrage about outrageous Obamacare  –

Part 3:  GOP straw-man arguments against defunding Obamacare display cowardliness –

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