States Can Nullify Obamacare
Last Saturday, in the middle of the evening, treacherous liberals in the House of Representatives sold off the American people by passing an unprecedented measure which would force every family to fork over more than ten thousand dollars each year to an insurance plan chosen by politicians.
For the first time in American history, if this bill becomes law, the feds will force you to buy insurance you might not want or may not need or cannot afford. If you don’t purchase what the government tells you to buy, if you don’t do so when they tell you to do it, if you don’t buy just what they say is right for you, the government may fine you, prosecute you and even put you in jail.
Freedom of choice and control over your own body will be lost. The privacy of your communications and medical-making decisions with your physician will be gone. More of your hard-earned dollars will be at the disposal and tender mercies of federal bureaucrats.
If Obamacare is ever to make it through the Senate and see the light of day, the states are lying in wait to stop it in its tracks using nullification, a process which would bypass Congress and directly amend the Constitution.
Napolitano: All right. Kevin, you and I have talked about this on-air and off many times, there are a couple of ways to amend the Constitution, but they all involve the states, either the states demand — and if enough of them do so — a constitutional convention. The constitutional convention proposed amendments and then they go back to the states, or the Congress circulates an amendment and it goes to the state. In either way, it requires 3/4 of the states to adopt an amendment and then it becomes part of the Constitution.
Question: Can we amend the Constitution? Can we abolish the income tax? Which would starve the federal government back down to its footprint. Can we get the states’ governments to elect senators rather than the people, which would ensure that one of the two houses of the Congress fought for state sovereignty — or is this just fanciful thinking?
Gutzman: Well, we’ve never used the provision of Article V of the Constitution that allows for the states to amend the Constitution without having the Congress be involved. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that, recently, amendments have all about — all been about furthering empowering the central government.
But fortunately, at the moment, there is a groundswell. I have been hearing from legislators in several different states who’ve asked me for advice about the question how the constitutional convention process might work. That is, how the states could go about amending the Constitution to reduce and curb the power of the central government. And I think that there is a significant chance that this could happen. But before it can happen, people have to encourage their state legislators to go out and amend the Constitution.