Obamacare Constitutional Fight Validates the RTP…Again.on June 25th, 2012 at 7:53 am
This week will be the moment of truth for Obamacare. I remember not too long ago, Liberals scoffed at the notion that Obamacare was unconstitutional.
Back in the heart of the Obamacare fight, when the arguments were being thrown around about death panels, cost overruns and rationing, we were making a different kind of argument.
Back in March of 2010, we posted this on our site.
“The Republicans biggest mistake in fighting the health care bill was not focusing more on the Constitutional issue. All of the bad things that are in the bill are certainly worthy of disdain, but it is a moot point if the whole concept of the bill violates the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Now it looks like a ploy…since they lost the legislative fight.
The Constitution matters. The bill requires people to purchase something. The Feds are using the Commerce Clause that allows the US government to regulate interstate commerce as their justification for usurping states rights that are laid out in the 10th Amendment. But if I choose not to buy health care coverage, there is no commerce. So how can you use the commerce clause for that? It makes zero sense and that is why the bill is patently unconstitutional.
The Roanoke Tea Party has always been focused on the Constitutional issues and if you were to review past blog entries on our site….you’ll see it is a recurring theme.”
Now we still think the Commonwealth of Virginia should have just used state nullification here (and will definitely need to if the Supreme Court rules incorrectly on the constitutional issues). But the point is that the Federal Governments consistent overreach is the root cause of most of the issues with our Federal Government.
Obamacare went so far over the Constitutional line, that even mainstream Republicans began talking about the Constitutional issue of Obamacare. But is the Constitutional line a matter of degrees?
If you want to know why there is little respect for the law and why there is a chaotic and ineffective federal bureaucracy, just look at the dozens and dozens of federal agencies that operate every day in direct violation of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. In Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, it is crystal clear that the federal government has limited enumerated powers. The 10th Amendment is simple and powerful and states that if the powers are enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 (or by a subsequent amendment to the Constitution) that those powers belong to the states and to the people.
The lame argument made by liberals here is often that “how could the founders have known about automatic weapons and airplanes and the Internet?” They argue that the document could not possibly have been designed for our modern society. They are right that the founders could not have conceived of the technical marvels that were to come…but they fail to realize that the founders were smart enough to put a provision in the Constitution to address that.
You can amend the constitution. Instead of living outside the law, we can amend the Constitution to enshrine the powers that the people are willing to give to the Federal Government. If we don’t do that, those powers rightly belong to the states and the people. Constitutional law, in regards to the 10th Amendment is not nearly as complicated as people want to make it.
It helps if you have actually read it before people start spouting off about the Constitution. It is much like discussions I have with folks about Christianity.
Many people tend to have all sorts of opinions about what Christianity is about, yet haven’t cracked open a Bible in decades. The analogy here is very apt, as the founders rooted this nation in principles derived from the Bible. The principle of the rule of law, seperation of powers and limited government are all ideals gleaned, in large part, from study of the Bible.
We, as a people, have to take a good long hard look in the mirror. Below is a good list of what the people need to do save this nation from a corrupt Federal government. The question isn’t how to do it. The bigger question is:
Do we have the education, the faith and the courage to do it? Right now, for most, the answer is no. Which means we all have a lot of work to do.
What can We do? (Taken from this Fantastic Article)
“Hamilton tells you to LEARN the Constitution; demand that federal and State officials obey it; and don’t go along with them when they violate it!
READ our Declaration of Independence and Constitution until you become familiar with them. Stick to original sources (e.g., The Federalist Papers) and beware of the ignorant know-it-alls with their crazy theories.
REBUKE officials and judges who violate the Constitution! Specify the violation. Usually, the violation is that what they did is not an enumerated power.
Elect State and County officials who will nullify unconstitutional acts of Congress, executive orders, & judicial opinions. Here are Model Nullification Resolutions for State Legislatures.
TALK to your pastor, priest or rabbi – we all share the Old Testament. We must dust off our copies and read them; renounce escapism & defeat; renounce the unbiblical doctrine of socialism (listen to Fr. Andrew!); renounce the unbiblical doctrine of divine right of kings – the false doctrine that God granted autonomy to the civil authorities; declare independence from the federal government and throw off the chains of the 501 (c) (3) tax exemption! Start being the Salt & Light we are called to be – the Watchmen on the Wall. PH.”