Of course you’ve heard the news by now. House of Representatives narrowly pass Obamacare. “Pro-life” Democrats abandon principles for the sake of party. Americans will soon be forced to buy health insurance, etc. Needless to say, I not pleased by this vast increase in federal government power. Unfortunately, with each passing administration we surrender more and more of our rights and liberty to the government. When will it all end? How much more power do they need? Will we suddenly wake up one day, stripped of all our liberty and personal responsibility, and wonder how we got in such a mess? How much more unconstitutional abuse can we endure?
Although this latest affront known as Obamacare worries me greatly, it makes me very glad that I live here in the state of Virginia. You see, unlike some parts of the country, our legislators in Richmond don’t simply throw up their hands and surrender to the overreaching authority of Washington. This year, Senators Steve Martin, Fred Quayle, and Jill Vogel, as well as Delegate Bob Marshall have all introduced similar or identical bills in the General Assembly, which exempt Virginians from Obamacare. As a result of their efforts, Virginians are protected from this federal mandate. It is a modern day example of nullification; the theory that states can ignore or overturn any federal law that they believe violates the constitution. In addition, our Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli is preparing to sue the feds over this issue. Even though other states are planning similar actions, Virginia is taking the lead for federalism and the 10th Amendment. I do feel sorry for those citizens who live in states whose legislators are either too liberal or too cowardly to take a stand against this “reform”.
Here is a clip from March 17, 2010 on Fox News.
Ultimately, it is very likely that this issue will reach the Supreme Court. Will the court find Obamacare constitutional? And if so, will nullification efforts like Virginia’s be upheld?
I encourage you to head over to Crystal Clear Conservative who has a couple of good clips from Attorney General Cuccinelli on the matter, as well as Bearing Drift who have an important interview with Representative Wittman and AG Cuccinelli.