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January 23, 2011 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Christianity, climate change, Economy, Family values, Health care reform, immigration reform, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: 10th Amendment, Barack Obama, Medicaid, Medicare, ObamaCare, state's rights, Tenth Amendment | 13 comments
What if Washington made a law and nobody paid attention? Or even more significantly, what if states specifically repudiated it and threatened to prosecute those enforcing it?
The questions no longer are rhetorical but a real option as eight states consider a blanket nullification of the Obamacare nationalization of health-care decision-making advances in their legislatures.
“Thomas Jefferson advised, ‘Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers … a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy,’” states the Tenth Amendment Center, which advocates a return to the constitutionally delegated powers for the federal government.
“When states pass laws to reject and nullify unconstitutional federal ‘laws,’ regulations and mandates – it’s not rebellion … it’s duty,” the organization states
Read more: Faceoff! States tell feds to back down http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=253521#ixzz1Bu59klO0
March 19, 2010 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Health care reform, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Obama care, state sovereignty, Tenth Amendment | Leave a comment
If the House of Representatives, under the fearful “leadership” of Queen Nancy passes the ObamaCare legislation on Sunday, to “save the Obama legacy”, the fight over healthcare reform will not have won a HUGE voctory. Quite the contrary, the big battles will just begin.
At the forefront to challenge the ObamaCare is the concept of State’s Sovereignty, i.e. the Tenth Amendment. Several states, including Alabama and Florida, are prepared to file lawsuits to challenge specifics of the legislation. Virginia’s Attorney General is prepared to file in Federal Court on Monday or Tuesday their challenges.
Suffice it to say, the battle lines are drawn, and it may be years before the actual implementation of ObamaCare truly begins, if ever at all.
January 22, 2010 in Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: Commerce Clause, limited federal powers, state sovereignty, Tenth Amendment, Virginia | 2 comments
January 4, 2010 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Medicaid, Nancy Pelosi, ObamaCare, States Sovereignty, Tenth Amendment, universal healthcare | Leave a comment
from the Tenth Amendment Center:
Could Some States Nullify ObamaCare?
The Tenth Amendment Center is reporting that at least seven states have introduced legislation or constitutional amendments for 2010 that could effectively nullify national health care within their borders.
They have even put together this handy map.
In Arizona, HCR-2014 has already passed both houses of the state legislature and will be put before the voters next November.
In Florida, HJR37 has been introduced for the 2010 session.
In Michigan, HJR-CC has been introduced for 2010.
In Missouri, HJR-48 has been pre-filed for 2010.
In Ohio, SJR7 has been introduced for 2010.
In Pennsylvania, HB2053 has been introduced and referred to committee.
In Virginia, HB10 has been introduced and pre-filed for 2010.
Nullification has been used by states to avoid enforcing federal laws from the Fugitive Slave Act to REAL ID.
Expect to see more states added to the list in coming months. Especially considering the fact that state budgets would be better off without Medicaid under this latest unfunded federal mandate.
Going into the new year, activists in every state will need all the help they can get to keep these bills from being killed in committee, or voted down in one house or the other.
In concert with efforts on the national level, a growing state resistance could dissuade Congress from passing its legislation at all. But if they continue to ignore the will of the American people, it’s good to know that some of us are already preparing for the next fight.
Note: Some of these states are proposing putting the measure on the ballot, to let the voters decide how to proceed.
CNN reports on State Sovereignty Movement; Thye link it to stimulus package, but it is deeper than that
March 8, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Donald Young, Larry Sinclair, Michelle Obama, Obama birth certificate, Pres. Barack Obama, state sovereignty, Tenth Amendment | Leave a comment
Stimulus raises state sovereignty issues
By Lauren Kornreich/ CNN
- Story Highlights
- GOP state lawmakers pressing the issue of state sovereignty
- They say the federal government has overstepped its bounds
- Oklahoma state senator: Stimulus package “immoral and unconscionable”
- Lawmakers are introducing bills in the states that invoke the Tenth Amendment
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican lawmakers from more than 20 states across the country are willing to take federal funding, but only on their terms.
From Montana to South Carolina, lawmakers in mostly red states have pushed ahead with measures calling for state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment, saying the federal government has overstepped its bounds with the stimulus package. The states are calling for the right to ignore laws they deem unconstitutional.
Oklahoma state Sen. Randy Brogdon, a Republican and the first to introduce this type of legislation last year, originally pursued it because he thought then-President Bush and Congress exceeded their authority with the Real ID Act, which required states to include certain information on driver’s licenses.
He called the stimulus package “immoral and unconscionable” and said it was “the final straw that broke the financial back of America.”
Brogdon’s bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday and the state House approved a similar measure. The office of lead House sponsor Republican Rep. Charles Key said it is confident a joint resolution will get through.
The legislation would be binding. So, if the governor signs it, it theoreticallly would allow Oklahoma to ignore laws that are not “enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution,” as stated in the Tenth Amendment.
“I’m sick and tired of Congress overreaching and underachieving,” Brogdon said. He added, “If we have an opportunity to salvage freedom and protect sovereignty, it has to be done at the state level.”
Similar legislation is moving along in South Carolina. The bill already passed in the state House and a state Senate panel approved it on Tuesday.
Republican state Rep. Lee Bright said he chose to sponsor the South Carolina measure because he thinks the stimulus package grants the federal government more power than the Constitution allows.
“The federal government is living beyond the scope that the Constitution grants it and states should put it on notice,” Bright said. “I haven’t been pleased for some time with what the federal government gets involved in, but it came to a head with the stimulus bill.”
The Republican lead sponsor of the bill in Virginia, state Rep. Christopher Peace, said his state has used only a small portion of the money allocated in the stimulus package. He said local officials are the best managers of Virginia’s budget and the federal government shouldn’t interfere with how the state chooses to spend its money.
“I’m not saying we don’t benefit from some of the money, but it’s important to question what are the roles and boundaries, and ask if Congress is exceeding them,” Peace said. “Our representatives in the federal government represent the same people we do and they need to work to keep the government small and limited and efficient.”
All the bills invoke the Tenth Amendment, which states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Most are symbolic measures and none have passed yet, but local officials are hoping to send a message to Washington to back off.
Many states are criticizing the stimulus package, while others are trying to assert authority over other issues, like abortion in Missouri and exempting firearms from federal regulations in Montana.
Many of the bills include a provision that once the bill is passed, a copy will be sent to President Obama and Congress.
“It’s time to send a message to Congress that we’re sovereign,” said state Rep. Judy Burges, an Arizona Republican. “We have many states doing this and if you have enough sending the same message, they’re going to have to step back and take a look at what they’re doing.”
February 4, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Bill of Rights, COLB, Obama birth certificate, President Barack Obama, President George Bush, Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, state sovereignty, Tenth Amendment, US Constitution, US Supreme Court | 2 comments
Yesterday, we ran a post about New Hampshire’s resolution regarding States rights and federal government intervention.
It appears that there is a groundswell among the States in drafting similar legislation. Here is a list of the State initiatives in the works, with Michigan, Arizona, Washington, and Missouri being the latest to join the list:
This page tracks various State-based initiatives towards reforming the American government, a constitutional republic.
Use ChangeDetection.com to monitor this page.
- Candidate Qualification: CO Legislative Council Begins Ballot Initiative Process
- Ballot Initiative to Certify Candidate Eligibility Submitted in Colorado
- From Georgia: Georgia Constitutional Convention and the FairTax, School Vouchers, Proof of Citizenship to Vote
New Hampshire: (02/03/09)
North Dakota: (01/22/09)
- OK State Rep to Reintroduce State Sovereignty Bill
- Ballot Update: OK State Rep Ritze Pre-fills Bill
- OK State Rep to Introduce Bill Requiring Documentation for Ballot Placement