several States composing the United States of America, are not united
on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
For the past
few days, I’ve received loads of emails urging me to get active
regarding the healthcare vote – most of which had a subject
line similar to: “Last Chance to Stop National Healthcare!”
Well, if you
believe the only way to protect your rights is by begging federal
politicians to do what you want, then these emails are certainly
right. The vote went as expected, and so will the next.
So if you think
on D.C. or calling your Representatives, or threating to “throw
the bums out” in 2010 or 2012 or 20-whatever, is going to further
the cause of the Constitution and your liberty – you might
as well get your shackles on now. Your last chance has come and
of you who visit
this site regularly already know that the Senate’s health
care vote is far from the end of things – and you also know
that even when it goes into effect (which I assume some version
will), it’s still not the end of the road for your freedom.
The real way
DC is not by begging politicians and judges in Washington to
allow us to exercise our rights…it’s to exercise our rights
whether they want to give us “permission” to or not.
– state-level resistance to unconstitutional federal laws –
is the way forward.
When a state
“nullifies” a federal law, it is proclaiming that the
law in question is void and inoperative, or “non-effective,”
within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law
as far as that state is concerned.
effective, and has a long history in the American tradition. It’s
been invoked in support of free speech, in opposition to war and
fugitive slave laws, and more. Read
more on this history here.
and health care, there’s already a
growing movement right now. Led by Arizona, voters in a number
of states may get a chance to approve State Constitutional Amendments
in 2010 that would effectively ban national health care in their
states. Our sources here at the Tenth Amendment Center indicate
to us that we should expect to see 20–25
states consider such legislation in 2010.