Robert Knight

Speaking of SNAP cards, did you hear about the software glitch that allowed card users to turn Wal-Mart stores into Supermarket Sweep? There’s no real limit on what Mr. Obama can borrow until Feb. 7, so think of him careering down an aisle with the world’s largest shopping cart, racking up more debt. In fact, last Thursday, the federal government piled up another $328 billion in deficit spending, putting the federal debt over $17 trillion.

The deal brokered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) funds the government through January 15. The Obamacare jalopy, whose scary launch temporarily stiffened the GOP backbone with Tea Party steel, didn’t even sustain a dent. A silver lining is that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) helped educate the nation as to what’s at stake. His marathon floor speech shined a light on how Obamacare will destroy freedom. And, to Democrats’ minor dismay, the dreaded sequester cuts are still in effect.

As more Americans suffer under Obamacare, they just might recall that it was GOP conservatives who tried to spare them. This is why the media, Democrats and their RINO allies have abandoned civility. They are assailing Tea Party conservatives using terms normally reserved for communists and gangsters.

In fact, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) took to the floor to portray House conservatives as the heavies in “a 1970s gangster film” who hold the nation “hostage” in a scheme “subversive to democratic government.” Harry Reid denounced “Tea Party anarchists,” while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called Tea Party House members an “extremist” faction that “must resort to absurd hostage tactics.” Wasn’t it Barack Obama who refused to negotiate? Here’s just a bit more of Mr. Obama’s unctuous lecture:

“Let’s work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse. That’s not what the Founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government.”

For perspective on how the Founders viewed government, here’s Founding Father Tom Paine, whose works were collected in a remarkable book by the late John Armor entitled “These Are the Times that Try Men’s Souls”:

“Society in every state is a blessing. But government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one ... our calamity is heightened since we furnish the means by which we suffer!”

Obamacare requires working Americans to fund a system that puts them at the mercy of government in ways the Founders could not have envisioned.

So far, Congress has failed to use the power of the purse to derail this threat. It is incumbent on freedom-loving Americans to identify which lawmakers tried to protect them – and to send them reinforcements next November.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.