Wednesday, March 21, 2012

JATP - HHS mandate position statement

Jefferson Area Tea Party statement on
Obama Administration HHS mandate


The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states clearly that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (emphasis added). 


President Obama's administration has chosen to ignore this most basic of our freedoms!  His government, not you, will decide what activities are "acceptable" in your practice of your faith in your daily life. 


Make no mistake: The ObamaCare requirement that virtually all insurance providers include coverage for "free" contraception supplies without regard to anyone's moral objection has nothing to do with contraception, which is readily available to virtually anyone at little or no cost.  This is neither a religious issue nor an abortion issue, but a fight against an Imperial Presidency that continually assaults individual liberties and advances government's authority to further control every aspect of your life.


In 2001, Barack Obama infamously complained that the U.S. Constitution is a "charter of negative liberties" that "Says what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government must do on your behalf."  Incredibly, he implied that more power by the state, not less, can actually increase liberty!  But judge a man not by his words, but by his deeds.  An examination of our President's actions clearly reveals a consistent pattern of his desire to govern by a Constitution of federal mandates than by a Constitution of personal liberties.


The President and his administration consider our Constitution as nothing but an obstacle to be overcome in their quest to ensure that each of us behaves in a manner acceptable to the government.  He ignores his oath of office - "to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution" - with each additional encroachment. 


The Jefferson Area Tea Party asks all Americans to stand to support our founding documents and the freedoms they were designed to protect!  Insist that the government recognizes and honors the restrictions on its authority our founders so wisely created.

Respectfully submitted by the JATP Executive Board

Tuesday, March 20, 2012