As Thomas Jefferson said in his iconic work The Declaration of Independence:

“ Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Did they fail or is this exactly what we should have expected?

With these words in mind, it is indeed easy to understand the cavalier way that the 2011 attempt to nullify ObamaCare was dismissed by conservatives. I heard phrases such as, “Congress will handle this,” or, “The Supreme Court will strike it down for sure.” 

This is totally understandable;  SCOTUS “enforcing” the Constitution is the paradigm we have become accustomed to living with. Changing it is frightening.

After all the Supreme Court was going to save us right? After winning seven out of the last 11 presidential elections, they may have thought the Republicans would have sufficiently stacked the Supreme Court to allow socialized healthcare (the keystone to socialism according to Lenin) to be overturned easily.

Now that Chief Justice Roberts has tipped the hand of the federal government, and shown the ridiculous logical acrobatics that even supposed “strict constructionist” statists are willing to undertake to uphold the oppressive levels of central planning put into place over the last 100 years, maybe NOW they will agree.

It is time to NULLIFY!

It’s time to forget grade school fairy tales about the purity and benevolence of the Supreme Court, and how they are just here to protect us from government usurpation. We must face the facts: whatever they once were, whatever role they used to played in restraining government, they are now reduced to a rubber stamp for whatever Congress wants to do. Why should anyone be surprised by this!? They are after all paid by the federal government. They are appointed by the president (federal Government). They are approved by the Senate (federal government). They are located in D.C. (the seat of the federal government). They attend cocktail parties with other statists who’s livelihoods depend upon an over-sized federal government. They are paid out of the federal treasury. And indeed, they are federal employees. Would it be acceptable to place one GE executive on the board that judges an antitrust case against GE (let alone compose the board entirely of people with such conflicts)? Of course not! It is time to retake control of the leviathan at the local level SCOTUS will not relieve us of that responsibility.

It’s time to NULLIFY!

If we want to fix what is broken in this country, it is time to nullify! We cannot put our faith in politicians from D.C. to fix what D.C. has broken. This brings me to the second part of Jefferson’s phrase from the Declaration:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

We in this country have been laboring under an incomplete understanding of the Constitution. The mantra of “The Supreme Court is not doing their job of enforcing the Constitution,” has been brought down to a ridiculous level that reduces those who say it to mere beggars, pleading pitifully  for some temporary relief from the status quo. Think about this for a minute: the Supreme Court has no standing to judge, and no power to enforce their judgment! The Tenth amendment is the enforcement mechanism of the Constitution. It’s time we get our local officials off their butts and end the 100 year long variance that has led us to this point.

Time to NULLIFY!

For decades now it has been assumed that the terms of the Constitution applied only to the state governments, and the federal government was somehow excused from the requirement to show an affirmative grant of power. We just go along as long as they can convince  five politically connected lawyers that their power is not limited in such a way as it obviously is by the plain meaning of words, and explicit understandings of our forefathers when they consented to be governed by the Constitution.

Time for us to pee in their Cheerios.

Time to NULLIFY!

It should be obvious by now that SCOTUS will not save us. But what about that other ineffective method of controlling the size of government – elections?

Well, when I am confronted with this question, I need only look at the past to see how likely it is that method will limit government. When Hillary tried to pass Hillary Care in the 90s, Conservatives rightly rebelled. They voted in the 1994 congress in the  hope that they would stop once and for all the socialization of the nation. At one point, they even elected a unified Republican government. The newly enthroned GOP lawmakers promised to privatize social security and stop meddling in the affairs of foreign countries. However, once they came to power, they conveniently forgot all of their promises, and put forward their own version of socialized healthcare (Medicare part D). They didn’t put one ounce of political capital behind the effort to privatize Social Security. And they started three wars to boot!  Once they were in office, they no longer cared what we thought.

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What the establishment in D.C. knows, and what we fail to consider, is the fact that we all listen to their rhetoric at election time, but few of us pay attention to their actions between elections. Especially when a member of “our” party take those actions.

ObamaCare perpetrates an evil by turning over responsibility for our medical bills to government though through a heavily regulated private entity. It essentially sets the stage for government to regulate every aspect of our private lives! If Uncle Sam is paying the piper, they will tell us, then Uncle Sam must call the tune. That will be the argument used to bring fiscal conservatives along for the ride and to further extend the police state.

If we are serious about opposing this, simply electing the candidate that says he will repeal the “unpopular” portions of the bill will not do. Both major parties have fielded candidates who enthusiastically turn to socialized healthcare to solve problems the government has created int he health care system. Regardless of who wins in November, we all lose if we do nothing other than vote.


Timothy Reeves
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