Melt the Phones!

“Melt the phones!”

That’s the new battle cry for friends of medical freedom and foes of Obamacare.

The time is now to phone Republican senators and urge them to vote “No” on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s cloture motion, which will come up for a vote on Wednesday. Reid hopes to secure 60 votes to stop debate on the House-passed continuing resolution that funds the federal government and keeps it open beyond the end of this fiscal year (Monday, September 30). The House’s CR finances everything in the federal budget, save for Obamacare, which it mercifully zeroes out just before it wheezes into its next phase: Tuesday’s opening of the so-called health-care exchanges. (Most of these government-run websites for selecting government-designed insurance are rickety, at best. A recently discovered software glitch will make it tough, if not impossible, to determine what price to charge people who sign up for new Obama plans.)

“The only way we can stop Harry Reid is if the entire Republican caucus in the Senate unites and stands with the American people and the House of Representatives,” explains Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express.

“In order for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer an amendment that strikes defund language from the FY14 CR, which has been his publicly stated desire, he must first get bipartisan support on the cloture vote to end debate,” observes Andy Roth, vice president of government affairs for the Club for Growth (several of whose gatherings I have addressed). “If he is successful, he will only need 50 votes to keep Obamacare funding in the budget,” adds Roth, “and thus grow government and further erode economic liberty.”

Defeatist Republicans such as Karl Rove, whose massive 2012 campaign spending was only 1.3 percent effective, are rooting against courageous senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio who are trying to defund Obamacare right now. A sad caucus of RINOs, moderates, and invertebrates wants to postpone this fight and oppose Obamacare . . . maybe . . . later. Their slogan? Tomorrow is another day, so perhaps we could stop Obamacare then.

The best argument for this approach is that once implemented, Obamacare will implode and the GOP can ride to the rescue. Well, even then, as they do now, Republicans will face Reid and Obama. They will fall on their scalpels before letting their dream legislation die.

So, why not try to kill it now, and at every possible turn?

Even if Obamacare rolls out after January 1, Republicans will be in a much stronger position to oppose it in 2014 if they can remind Americans that they repeatedly tried to prevent this catastrophe.

“We told you so,” they can tell voters. “We tried everything we could to stop this calamity – from initially voting against it unanimously, to voting in the House to repeal it, to attempting to defund it in September 2013. Now that we all see what a calamity this is, let’s try again to repeal it. If that fails, elect a Republican Congress, and we will do what we can to pry this giant leech from the backs of the American people.”

For now, Republican senators need to hear their phones ring. Urge them to vote “No” on cloture on Wednesday. Tea Party Express offers contact information for GOP senators. “The list below is in the order of priority of who needs to be contacted,” the limited-government group notes. “Please start at the top and work your way down. Just because they don’t represent your state, does not mean their vote doesn’t affect you.”

The late, great Senator Everett Dirksen (R., Ill.) once famously said, “When I feel the heat, I see the light.” May wavering Republican senators soon feel the heat as freedom-loving Americans melt the phones!

Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2541

LOUISVILLE: 502.582.6304 

TWITTER: @Team_Mitch 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell

Senator John Cornyn (TX)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2934 

AUSTIN: 512.469.6034

DALLAS: 972.239.1310

HARLINGEN: 956.423.0162

HOUSTON: 713.572.3337

LUBBOCK: 806.472.7533

SAN ANTONIO: 210.224.7485

TYLER: 903.593.0902

TWITTER: @JohnCornyn 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sen.JohnCornyn

Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4944 

TWITTER: @SenAlexander 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/senatorlamaralexander

Senator Bob Corker (TN)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3344 

TWITTER: @SenBobCorker 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/bobcorker

Senator John Thune (SD)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2321 

TWITTER: @SenJohnThune 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/johnthune

Senator Tom Coburn (OK)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5754 

TWITTER: @TomCoburn 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/teamcoburn 

Senator Pat Toomey (PA)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4254 

TWITTER: @SenToomey 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/senatortoomey

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4521 

TWITTER: @JeffFlake 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/senatorjeffflake

Senator Ron Johnson (WI)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5323 

TWITTER: @SenRonJohnson 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/senronjohnson

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5972 

TWITTER: @GrahamBlog 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/USSenatorLindseyGraham

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3324 

TWITTER: @KellyAyotte 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kellyayottenh

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6665 

TWITTER: @LisaMurkowski 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenLisaMurkowski 

Senator Richard C. Shelby (AL)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5744 

TWITTER: @SenShelbyPress 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RichardShelby

Senator John Boozman (AR)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4843 

TWITTER: @JohnBoozman 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JohnBoozman

Senator John McCain (AZ)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2235 

TWITTER: @SenJohnMcCain 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/johnmccain

Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3521 

TWITTER: @SaxbyChambliss 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SaxbyChambliss

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3643 

TWITTER: @SenatorIsakson 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/isakson

Senator Mark Kirk (IL)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2854 

TWITTER: @SenatorKirk 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorKirk

Senator Daniel Coats (IN)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5623 

TWITTER: @SenDanCoats 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Senator-Dan-Coats/180671148633644

Senator Jerry Moran (KS)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6521 

TWITTER: @JerryMoran 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jerrymoran 

Senator Susan Collins (ME)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2523 

TWITTER: @SenatorCollins 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/susancollins

Senator Roy Blunt (MO)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5721 

TWITTER: @RoyBlunt 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt

Senator Thad Cochran (MS)

DC PHONE: 202.224.5054 

TWITTER: @SenThadCochran 

FACEBOOK: **Doesn’t have a FaceBook page.** 

Senator Roger Wicker (MS)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6253 

TWITTER: @SenatorWicker 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorWicker

Senator Richard Burr (NC)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3154 

TWITTER: @SenatorBurr 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRichardBurr

Senator John Hoeven (ND)

DC PHONE: 202.224.2551 

TWITTER: @SenJohnHoeven 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJohnHoeven

Senator Mike Johanns (NE)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4224 

TWITTER: @Mike_Johanns 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MikeJohanns

Senator Dean Heller (NV)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6244 

TWITTER: @SenDeanHeller 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenDeanHeller

Senator Rob Portman (OH)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3353 

TWITTER: @RobPortman 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/senrobportman

Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3121 

TWITTER: @OrrinHatch

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/OrrinHatch 

Senator John Barrasso (WY)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6441 

TWITTER: @SenJohnBarrasso 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/johnbarrasso 

Senator Rand Paul (KY)

DC PHONE: 202.224.4343 

TWITTER: @SenRandPaul 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRandPaul 

Senator Marco Rubio (FL)

DC PHONE: 202.224.3041 

TWITTER: @MarcoRubio 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcoRubio

Senator Tim Scott (SC)

DC PHONE: 202.224.6121 

TWITTER: @SenatorTimScott 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTimScott

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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