Ed Feulner

The history of the United States begins with a rebellion against unfair taxation.

In 1767, a distant and unresponsive government in London, led by an out-of-touch leader in King George III, implemented the Townshend Act. That measure slapped taxes on many popular items, including tea. The law didn’t, however, provide representation in Parliament for the taxed colonists.

Unable to make their voices heard in the halls of government, a group of American patriots dumped tea in Boston Harbor. The punishment for that first Tea Party was a series of intrusive laws so oppressive that they were described as the “Intolerable Acts.”

History, as they say, tends to repeat itself. On March 21, the House of Representatives passed an unpopular health care measure, which the president swiftly signed into law.

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Obamacare is today’s “Intolerable Act.” It too should be opposed and repealed. Fortunately, this time Americans are represented, so we can overturn this misguided law without resorting to violence.

Much of the fight against this bill will be led by the individual states -- as it should be. Our Founding Fathers wanted states to retain most of the governing power. They realized that states were better positioned to find ways to solve problems close to home. Hence, they gave the federal government a very limited role.

So far, 33 states have taken steps to challenge various aspects of Obamacare, including its unprecedented mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face a steep penalty. Four additional states will have this question on the ballot in November.

It’s important for Americans to push back at the ballot box, because it’s clear many of our leaders in Congress aren’t listening to their constituents.

Obamacare is the most significant piece of social legislation since Social Security passed seven decades ago. But the way it passed is different.

The Social Security Act was drafted in the open and widely debated. And that “transformative” bill enjoyed broad popular and solid bipartisan support. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote, and polls show a majority of Americans oppose it. They realize that this new law would accelerate Washington’s intrusion into our daily lives.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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