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Can the states block the healthcare bill?

Well my “lap dog” representative from North Dakota, Earl Pomeroy, voted yes as expected on this liberty taking away bill.  I believe that will cost him his reelection bid this November because he has continued to vote for Nancy Pelosi’s agenda 97 percent of the time.  I wrote him twice and expressed my concerns over the constitutionality of the bill.  He did not reply.  So today I have decided to change my strategy and shift my efforts from the federal government to the state of North Dakota.

It’s time to revisit the concept of federalism.  What should be the relationship between states and the federal government?  What right do the states have and can they push back against this terrible piece of legislation?  The first thing I see is that the states still have a great deal of power.  The government has repeatedly exceeded their constitutional authority over the years without the states pushing back.  I think a big reason for this is federal funding and a lack of interest in local politics.  I also believe that states have forgotten the power that is granted to them by the Constitution.  Article V grants the authority if 2/3 of states agree, to call for a constitutional convention.  That’s powerful stuff.  Right now a number of states are pushing back. 

Last week Virginia was actually the first state to pass legislation to protect their citizens from being forced to purchase health insurance or participate in any health care system against their will.  Additionally 38 other states have similar legislation pending.  I think this is very promising, but they need to hear from us.  I contacted my local senator last night and inquired as to what we can do on a state level to stop this.  Everyone needs to make an effort to do the same.  The states have power; we just need to remind them.  Can you imagine Tea Party like rallies at each state capital?  It would bring the issues closer to home and remove the adult decision making from Washington.

I know a number of you are angry and upset about the vote yesterday.  I can definitely feel you.  But what we need to do is refocus our efforts in our respective states.  As I said we need to remind them that they do have a great deal of authority that is granted to them by the Constitution.  It’s time to wake up our state legislators and get them in the game.  They must become part of this debate, because this healthcare bill impacts not only their budgets, but their citizens.

When you are in a fight you must be able to adapt and overcome.  This means we sometimes need to change our tactics to achieve our goals.  We as a free people still have a number of options within the law to make a difference.  Cool heads always prevail.  Don’t get emotional about this even though it is a very emotional issue.  Stay focused on the target and let your voices be heard.

Stay positive, stay involved, and stay the course.  We will persevere and prevail in the end!

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Healtcare Bill, States Rights

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  • Ryan March 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Apparently there are about thirteen states ready to sue the Federal Government as requiring citizens to purchase health care is a constitutional violation.

    Virginia's AG had a good quote.

    "If a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce, if you are not engaging in commerce, how can the federal government regulate you?"

  • thelibertypen March 22, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Great post. I see that you receive the same treatment as I do when I write my representatives. Nice huh? This mandate absolutely sickens me to no end. The only thing worse than that are the troglodytes that gave up their liberty willingly, all for an entitlement. Nice.

  • John Carey March 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Thanks for the comments Ryan. The federal government cannot regulate you. They can't force you to by a car, house, or anything else you CHOOSE not to buy. They are in violation of the Constitution and we must now turn to our states to push back.

  • Opus #6 March 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    John, I think States have a good case against Obamacare.