I have to admit that I am certainly one of the South Carolina residents celebrating our state’s huge strides toward the passage of the Obamacare Nullification bill, declaring that the new healthcare law, as written, “null and void” within our state lines.
According to the South Carolina Conservative:
“In what seemed to an overwhelmingly uphill battle for the grassroots in South Carolina, a huge victory has been won, and won by an unexpectedly large margin.
After months of tireless work from various grassroots organizations and individuals, including several events held in places like Columbia and Greenville where hundreds and even thousands showed up in support, Bill Chumley’s bill, H.3101 “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act” passed a second reading in the House today by a vote of 65-34. (The roll call vote list can be read via this link.) The bill as written would declare Obamacare to be null and void because it is a blatantly unconstitutional piece of legislation.”
In fact, the South Carolina House bill makes Obamacare implementation a crime. From the Washington Times:
“The South Carolina state House passed a bill Wednesday that declares President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be “null and void,” and criminalizes its implementation.
The state’s Freedom of Health Care Protection Act intends to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.”
However, South Carolina is certainly not the only state using such measures to protect its citizens from abusive powers of the federal government.
In fact, in March, the Oklahoma state legislature approved a bill, declaring the federal health care law “null and void” in the state of Oklahoma. NEWS OK wrote:
“House members voted 72-20 on Wednesday for the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze, a fierce opponent of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Although the law was approved by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ritze maintains the measure is unconstitutional and opposed by a majority of Oklahomans. Provisions were removed from the bill that would have made it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to enforce the law.”
And from the Tenth Amendment Center:
“In Alabama, In a Majority vote of 56%-44% (with 46% reported), the People of Alabama passed Amendment 6, which reads:
“An amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.”
In the weeks leading up to the vote, there were overwhelming attempts by the media and the so-called political class to make the amendment seem irrelevant. Many were saying that the vote was of no consequence. But, voters in Alabama stood strong with their beliefs. Only 15 minutes after the polls closed the Amendment 6, vote was off to an early lead showing 63% in favor, and support held nearly as strong throughout the final count.”
As we all well know, the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration’s health care mandates to be constitutional as a “tax” last summer. But, this didn’t stop people of the state of Wyoming from joining the state of Alabama in telling the Supreme Court where to go. In fact, the Tenth Amendment Center reported:
“With 46% reporting, 76% of votes were in favor. The People of Wyoming passed Amendment A, which reads:
Article 1, Section 38 – Right of Health Care Access
(a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.
(b) Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so.
(c) The legislature may determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on the rights granted under this section to protect the health and general welfare of the people or to accomplish the other purposes set forth in the Wyoming Constitution.
(d) The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue govern-mental infringement.
Wyoming is the 12th state to have passed similar legislation. They are the second state to pass nullification legislation since the SCOTUS decision. Missouri and Arizona voters were first and second to initially pass such measures in 2010. Alabama is the first to have passed it since the Supreme Court ruling this summer, and now Wyoming is the second.”
So, what does nullification mean anyway? Basically, Matthew Spalding summed it up best:
“The Constitution is the supreme law of the land—not the Supreme Court, or the federal government, or the states for that matter. This principle of the rule of law dates back at least to the Magna Carta, and was the centerpiece of American constitutional thinking.
So how do we enforce the Constitution over unconstitutional laws? The document itself lays out the best options: change the law, stop its implementation, challenge it in the courts and, if necessary, amend the Constitution.
But there is no state nullification clause. The constitutional case against Obamacare can be made in detail and in general, but it does not trigger the nascent constitutional power of a state to unilaterally make it null and void.”
Basically, when a state passes a nullification bill, they are expressing a strong opinion against an unjust federal law. Spalding said, “[S]tate actions (nullification) are meant to arouse public opposition, challenge federal actions and ultimately change the objectionable action.”
However, The Tenth Amendment Center takes the process of nullification to a whole other level. Watch this compelling nullification movie trailer:
Michael Boldin, Founder of the Tenth Amendment Center made the following statement about nullification:
“Nullification begins with a decision in your state legislature to resist an unconstitutional federal law (through passing a “nullification” state law); a refusal on the part of your state’s government to cooperate with or enforce federal law deemed to be unconstitutional.
Today we have a federal government that crosses the line almost constantly…The federal government believes it is authorized to tell us what size toilet paper we can have, what kind of light bulbs we can buy, what kind of plants we can grow and consume in our backyards…The Executive branch has overstepped it authority. Congress has overstepped it authority. The courts have overstepped their authority.”
According to They Fired the First Shot published by the Caritas of Birmingham:
“A simple read of the Constitution shows Obamacare to be null and void…..Any American who can read and has the common sense can read the Constitution themselves and will know any blatant violation of Constitutional rights.”
Now that Obamacare has been passed, and we are finally “finding out all the goodies that are in it,” just as Nancy Pelosi promised (such as increased healthcare premiums, doctor shortages, elimination of the 40-hour work-week, longer waits at the doctors office, tax increases, more bureaucracy, huge Medicare cuts, government invasion of privacy, violations of religious freedom, etc.), overall support for the law has already slumped to 35 percent.
So, if Congress is taking measures to protect (by exempting) themselves from this atrocious new healthcare law (the very legislation they have forced upon us), why shouldn’t we also take every measure to protect ourselves from this train wreck as well?
Nullification is just one step each state can take to send a bold message to the federal government–that it has overstepped its boundaries. However, the more states that join forces to pass nullification bills (refusing to force this Obamacare on their citizens), the more likely the law will collapse into pieces.
They key, as in South Carolina, comes from grassroots efforts. If citizens don’t want Obamacare forced upon them, they must make sure they are doing their part to stop its implementation. The key is for individuals to let their state legislators know they want Obamacare “null and void” within their state lines. In South Carolina, hundreds and even thousands of South Carolinians showed up at events to show support for the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.”
That my fellow Patriot, is how it gets done!