Obamacare burst onto Capitol Hill on March 10, 2010, ekeing out a slim majority of votes in the House, with 219 (all Dems) for and 212 (34 Dems and 178 Republicans) against the resolution (HR3590). This bill was based on a House Resolution related to budgetary matters that was sent to the Senate. The Senate then tied it to Obamacare, using the budget as leverage against the opponents of Obamacare, who were subsequently defeated in the House.
Today, the House turned the tables on the Senate, tying Obamacare to the Budget, with 231 voting to postpone funding Obamacare versus 192 against. This is historic. Not that Obamacare is wrong, but that only the American people can say it is right. And the Tea Party is asserting that right, over and above that of its elected representatives who may not always vote according to the wishes of their constituency.
The current political discourse is again, off-track, attacking the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party when they are more interested in fighting for a domestic cause, than against a foreign country. It has been too long that the Tea Party has been co-opted to campaign for war and foreign interventions. Clearly, they are not welcome when they finally begin to fight for the rights of their fellow American citizens, which was actually the original vision of one of its founders, Ron Paul. After all, the Tea Party was not about America being involved in the struggle between France, England and Spain for the wealth of the nations. It was about the rights of the colonists as individuals, and in the matter of Obamacare, as potentially sick individuals. The Tea Party may turn out to be a true American political party of both the GOP and Dems who are dissatisfied with how their national priorities have been harnessed to serve foreign policy, instead of the other way around. Sad, that so many chests of expensive tea should be thrown overboard, but the freedom gained from the tea that was lost, has been the blessing of America for two and a half centuries. George Washington may have cause to smile, after such a long slumber.