With the unfortunate reelection of Barack Obama our chances of repealing Obamacare are close to zero. So now it is up to us and our state legislators and governors.
When the states ratified the Constitution they didn’t agree to become subservient to the federal government. States still retain the rights and powers per the 10th Amendment even though those powers have been severely weakened from lack of exercise.
It is time for all of us to start contacting our governors, state legislators, and as many TEA Party organizations as possible to enlist their help in reestablishing federalism.
Today I sent the below letter via snail mail to all GOP governors:
I am writing as a deeply patriotic American, a veteran, a husband, a father, and someone who loves this country too much to give up on it.
I, like many conservatives, am extremely disappointed in the outcome of the election; I believe if conservatives don’t act to stop the president we will emerge from his last four years as a socialist country with only a thin veneer of free market capitalism and individual liberty remaining.
Having become quite intimate with the Constitution over the last several years I believe our ‘salvation’, if you will, is the 10th Amendment and a return to federalism.
The Founders, as you well know, didn’t seek to establish an all-powerful central government with the power to dictate how we free citizens manage our lives, and I refuse to submit to such a government. I demand to retain my God given right to take care of myself. I will not become a subject whose life is directed from cradle to grave by a smothering nanny state.
The Founders, in their infinite wisdom, included the 10th Amendment in the Constitution to explicitly state that those powers not specifically enumerated to the federal government were to remain with the states and the people.
Since the Wilson era, and possibly since the end of the Civil War, the federal government has usurped more and more of the states’ rightful powers and over time reduced the states to little more than administrative units of the central government. This centralization more than anything is responsible for much of the gridlock and acrimony in DC as the liberal and conservative world views clash over how large and intrusive the federal government ought to be. The Liberal agenda of redistribution, ‘fairness’, equality of outcome, et al cannot succeed without the centralization of power.
So much of what comes out of the federal government today and since the New Deal is grossly unconstitutional and well beyond their enumerated powers.
Obamacare is perhaps the best, most recent example of unconstitutional legislation; in spite of the SCOTUS ruling.
Now that Obama has been reelected Obamacare is likely to become permanent until such time it, and other programs, collapses the welfare state. Since Obamacare is without a doubt unconstitutional, I believe that it is well within the 10th Amendment powers of the states to reject it and to prevent its implementation within their borders. Without cooperation from the states it cannot survive.
I believe that it is well past time for the states to reassert their constitutional powers to rein in the federal government, protect their citizens from the rapacious predations of the socialists that have taken over the Democrat party, and to seize back those powers that have for so long been usurped.
The beauty of federalism is that it allows the states to compete with each other to limit government, limit taxation, and allow states’ residents to mold their state governments to best suit their needs. With the usurpation of so many states’ prerogatives that system has broken down. Now the impact of Nevada electing a Harry Reid has serious repercussions to me as a citizen or Arkansas. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
I am writing to all GOP governors, the Republican Governors Association, and as many TEA Party groups as possible in the hope that I can get someone, anyone, to take up the banner of conservatism, Americanism, the Constitution, and the reestablishment of self-determination and liberty through the use of the 10th Amendment. I hope that We the People can count on you to be one of the leaders of this movement.
I hope all readers will help save our republic and our liberties by helping in this cause.
Ladies and gentlemen what should we do if Barack Obama is reelected in November? The Liberal, socialist Left has for decades been trying to force this country and its citizens into becoming a welfare state with the vast majority of us being dependent on the federal government for food, shelter, money, health et al. They do this so they can control us. The intellectual elite on the Left believe that they are somehow endowed with superhuman abilities to direct the lives of We the People and believe us too stupid and ignorant to manage our own lives.“They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us. And certainly we are fully justified in demanding from the legislators and organizers proof of this natural superiority.” – Frederic Bastiat
Is this who we’ve become? Is this who we want to be? Have we lost that great spirit of independence and defiance that made this nation the greatest power on earth? Do we want to substituterepresentatives for rulers? Given the current partisan divide and bewildering, in my opinion, support for Obama it appears as though almost half of the population does in fact want to live at the expense of the other half and live in a form of slavery. “The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else.” – Frederic Bastiat
We know what Obama has done and suspect what he will do when unrestrained by the need to be reelected. He will continue to issue EO’s that override the will of the people and Congress. He will continue to use the bureaucracy to force his vision of socialist Utopia upon an unwilling populace; Obamacare was only a first step. “People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.” – Edmund Burke. Obama, at the behest of earth worshipping environmental extremists, will continue to deprive us of access to domestic energy and as a result drive up the cost of just about everything as everything is dependent on energy. This course of action all but guarantees an increase in poverty as people spend increasing percentages of their incomes on energy.
So do we conservatives just accept our fates and agree to become part of the collective? Do we accept defeat and acknowledge that resistance is indeed futile? Do we lie down and agree to become subjects begging our new masters for bread? Or do we come together and develop strategies and plans to fight back against the state and restore our liberties? How far should we be willing to go to restore and then selfishly guard our liberties? What are our options?
One option I’ve considered, and that will likely never actually happen, is that the Left and Right peacefully agree that the differences between our visions of America are so vast that we can no longer live together in a single country. We would then agree to physically divide the country in half with the Left to one side and the Right to the other. The alternative is a continuation of our cold civil war which may at some point turn hot as conservatives decide against subjugation. As we should all know by now the Left will never give up its efforts to enslave us all to the state and we will never give up our resistance to it. Do we want to spend the rest of our lives fighting against the Left for our freedoms?
Perhaps an Obama reelection will bring the worst as he aggressively continues to push us down the road to full blown socialism and enough Americans get fed up that talk of a second American Revolution or Red state secession starts. I for one am armed and ready and I urge everyone of like mind to purchase weapons, ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies, and to start coordinating your activities with other patriots.
As Americans we have the right to dissolve our federal government if we tire of its abuses and believe it incapable of reform.
“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.” - Declaration of Independence
“The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves. … whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoevertherefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society, and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.” – John Locke
Will you take a stand for liberty or will you submit to tyranny?
Although polls consistently show that ~40% of Americans consider themselves conservative while only ~20% consider themselves Liberals, the country is a 50/50 country when it comes time to vote for President.
In my view 50% of us subscribe to individual liberty in keeping with the traditions of our nation’s founding while the other half of the country believes in collectivism and the subordination of the individual to the interest of the group or the “hive”.
These beliefs are diametrically opposed to one another and can’t coexist. The collective half demands that the individualist half contribute, through high rates of taxation, to the support and maintenance of the collective. We individualists are becoming increasingly resistant to being hosts to the socialists’ parasitic voters as evidenced by the rise of the TEA Party and the 2010 conservative tidal wave.
So, what if Obama wins in November? Will conservatives submit to the collective, will we agree with the hive and admit that resistance is futile? Will we surrender? How can we live in harmony with socialists whose demands of us are always increasing? Are we willing to spend the rest of our lives fighting to preserve our liberties from the predations of an insatiable and relentless federal government?
I’ve asked a lot of questions and I hope they can spark a real debate about what to do, about how we can not only stop the growth of the federal government but how we can cut it down to a size that can no longer threaten our freedoms.
In my opinion the reelection of Obama will be the beginning of the end of the 50 United States and the beginning of a movement to physically divide the country in half with the socialists, communists, statists, parasites, and other assorted collectivists occupying one side, and Constitutionalists on the other side. Because as I said above, we cannot coexist. In a Socialist run country you will be one of two types of slave; host or parasite. I choose to be neither.
If we don’t split physically our cold civil war may turn hot. Unless conservatives are willing to submit and join the collective.
What do you think?
With the recent announcements by GOP governors Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, and Sam Brownback that thanks to the SC ruling they won’t immediately expand Medicaid we may have another opening to kill Obamacare.
What would happen to Obamacare if all 26 states that were party to the lawsuit against PPACA were to refuse to implement exchanges and expand their Medicaid programs? Could they cause a collapse of the program? Could they cause an exodus of the uninsured to blue states that do implement the expansion and thus overwhelm those states?
Obamacare remains an unconstitutional abomination in spite of John Roberts twisted logic to say otherwise.
I believe we have a better chance of ridding ourselves and our children of Obamacare if we focus on keeping the states from ever implementing it.
As I’ve been writing about for some time, I believe that only a return to a strong federlism system can save our repubic. We absolutely must cut the federal government back down to a manageable size.
The federal government is a creation of the states; if the Founders had ever believed that their states would one day be subordinate to the federal government they would have never signed the Constitution. It’s well past time to sieze back the powers that the federal government has been usurping since the aftermath of the Civil War and that accelerated under Wilson and Roosevelt.
Too many of us and too many prominent bloggers focus exclusively on the federal government and the national GOP expecting that they will find the guts to right this ship. We need to focus much more attention on our states. It would be nice if we could get more prominent conservatives to start discussing federalism and how it is a strategic advantage for conservatives.
Liberals hate federalism because it denies them the ability to impose their one-size-fits-all agenda on everyone. They can’t exist in a federal system.
We can defeat the Left via a divide and conquer federalism strategy. Let’s get to it!
…responds to my post, “Can GOP Governors kill Obamacare?”
No doubt coincidentally but it’s refreshing to see nevertheless.
This movement is finally getting the attention it deserves. As I’ve said before, the federal government is not the final arbiter of constitutionality. The states, who created the federal government, retained the right to determine constitutionality.
Disgusted with the GOP in DC? Then stop putting all your eggs in that broken basket and work to elect constitutional conservatives to state offices. 30 Red states working together to oppose socialism are far more powerful and effective than a GOP caucus that is only 50% conservative.
I mentioned the Repeal Amendment in one of the comments in my previous diary. I finally dug it up. Enjoy.
The Repeal Amendment has significant support but like most amendments has little chance of passing due to the high hurdles for passage of Amendments.
Forbes article by Randy Barnett who teaches constitutional law at the Georgetown Law Center and is author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton 2005).
WSJ article by professor Barnett.