Tyrannical governments need to be shut down. The federal government now ensconced in our nation’s capital is indeed a tyrannical one.

It became tyrannical with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

I know some readers will dismiss me as some Tea Party movement nut-job, but the fact is I have nothing to do with the movement. But I am a sympathizer.

The “Tea” stands for “taxed enough already,” and indeed I am. All those people that have sneered at even the mere mention of the Tea Party movement in the last few years obviously belong to that body of Americans who feel they aren’t taxed enough, who want to pay even more.

I extend to such Americans my heartfelt invitation to pay not only their own taxes, but also mine.

It’s not the Tea Party movement that’s convinced me that the federal government is a tyrannical one, but the Constitution of the United States of America.

Senators and representatives that voted to make Obamacare the law of the land have been criticized for not reading the legislation they passed. Apparently, they haven’t read the U.S. Constitution, either.

Where, exactly, in our Constitution does it give the federal government the power to compel individual American citizens to buy a product or service?

It’s not in there. Nor is it in that mythical location liberals seem to cherish: the “penumbra” of the Constitution.

The power to compel citizens to buy a product or service they may or may not want can’t even be justified under the Constitution’s commerce clause, which gives Congress the right to regulate interstate commerce.

There’s a world of difference between regulating an insurance company that has branches in two or more states and jack booting citizens into buying health insurance from that company.

The first is an example of Congress regulating commerce. The second is an example of Congress compelling commerce, while butting into the private lives of citizens as well.

That’s why Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, in his opinion that contended the flagrantly unconstitutional PPACA was indeed constitutional, didn’t even use the commerce clause as a justification.

Instead, Roberts wrote that the financial penalty PPACA imposes on those that don’t buy health insurance isn’t a penalty at all, but a tax.

With one Supreme Court opinion, Roberts made America’s journey into the land of George Orwell’s 1984 complete.

The government that can compel us to buy health insurance today can compel us to buy only God – and it – knows what else tomorrow.

The automobile industry is crucial to the nation’s economy. In hard economic times, should the government compel us to buy a car, truck, van or fill-in-name-of-vehicle here to help bolster the automobile industry and the economy?

Should that same government compel us to buy books, newspapers and magazines to promote literacy?

A robust economy and literacy are both good things for society. That doesn’t mean the federal government should compel us to buy motor vehicles or reading material.

That same government shouldn’t be compelling us to buy health insurance either. When it does, it has clearly crossed the line that separates a representative government from a tyrannical one.

The legislators that voted PPACA into law – and the president that signed it – didn’t just put us on the slippery slope that leads to tyranny.

No, they want to go one better. These jokers actually want to grease the slope now that we’re on it.

The House of Representatives Republicans most critical of PPACA – and the ones that resist funding it – have been dismissed as radical nut-jobs.

If knowing what true liberty is means they’re nut-jobs, then I’m sure they’ll proudly wear the label. It’s too bad our president and his party minions have no idea what true liberty is.

GREGORY KANE, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.