In the midst of the tragedy in Connecticut (when are we going to ban public schools?) and Our Rulers' exploiting that to steal our weapons, Eli Cryderman sent me a story on another topic that had me grinning — from US News and World Report, of all places. The headline reads, "South Carolina Lawmakers Propose 5-Year Jail Sentence for 'Obamacare' Implementation," and it just gets better from there. It seems that "South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law. If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and 'must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.'" Yeah, I'd like to see far harsher penalties, too — and we do, at the federal level: "Any federal employee or contractor enforcing the law 'is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,' the bill proposes." Not quite tarring and feathering, but hey, it's a start.
Even better are the quotes from Bill Chumley. "'I think we're within our rights to do this,' Chumley explained to U.S. News. 'It's an obligation, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the people.'" Staggeringly, Bill "'feel[s] very, very good about support ... I don't think it'll be a really hard sell.'" In fact, he's so cocksure about his bill's success that he's "seen [Gov. Nikki] Haley just once" since spearheading this effort and "'didn't want to bother her with this.'" Whoa! I may have to move to South Carolina.
US News continues, "Among the items in the healthcare law that irk Chumley are the individual health insurance mandate, 'the establishment of 150 or so more agencies,' 'the addition of many thousand new IRS agents,' and 'home visits to come out and see how you're living.'"
Such governmental crimes and assault once would have sparked rebellion. How refreshing to see South Carolinians standing against Obummercare's totalitarianism!