Is ObamaCare the end of federalism? Virginia’s AG Ken Cuccinelli believes so and I agree with him.
Below Mr. Cuccunelli reponds to a question from Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.
ObamaCare is the product of an arrogant federal government that believes it has the power to regulate every aspect of our lives. That there is absolutely no limits to their reach. Congressman Pete Stark at a townhall meeting stated that he believes the federal government has unlimited power and can do most anything. I guess that pesky little charter of negative liberties President Obama referred to no longer limits the power and scope of government. And if this is the case then AG Cuccinelli’s remarks are spot-on.
The truth is there is a large number of elected officials and activist judges that subscribe to the same belief as Mr. Stark. These people see the Constitution as a living and breathing document that change as easily as the wind changes direction. This is why we end up with laws like ObamaCare and the Financial Reform bill that fly in the face of the limitations that our Constitution places on the federal government. When Pete Stark’s view is embraced by so many we should not be surprised when they encroach on our liberties.
How have we reached this point? The first thing that pops into my mind is apathy. The states throughout the years have done little to push back against an ever expanding federal government. They have accepted as the norm that the federal government has this perceived authority to impose its will upon them and have done little to check the fed’s power. The real reason states have always bowed down to the almighty federal government is money. The threat of withholding federal dollars from a state or states if they refused to play ball has always been a compelling force. Now we have states fighting to save good paying oil jobs in the gulf, attempting to enforce federal immigration laws, and trying to block a government mandate that force citizens to participate in commerce. They have painted themselves into a corner because of the mismanagement of their budgets and the need for the federal government to prop up their cash strapped states; the collateral damage in all of this federalism.
As citizens of this great republic, we must soon decide whether federalism ends and we surrender our liberties to a more centralized power or if we are going to revive the concept of federalism and retain our individual rights. It starts this November and must continue beyond. It will take steadfast determination and focus to undo the damage that has been done to our republic over the last 80 years; however I’m confident that a people that can put a man on the moon can accomplish anything.