Editor’s Note: The following column was submitted by Nerve Citizen Reporter Don Rogers of Greenville. Rogers also actively participates in the Greenville Tea Party, which he describes as an informal group of individuals who volunteer to discuss, learn and inform fellow citizens concerning governmental issues. “We champion adherence to the U.S. Constitution and citizen participation in our Republic,” says Rogers.
Attention South Carolina: Why did 28 state representatives vote for nullification of Obamacare and also sponsor Medicaid expansion?
There is no doubt, we hope, that our elected representatives are aware of two profound and palpable problems for all Americans:
Obamacare will gravely damage America.
Medicaid is unsustainable. Taxpayers will never be able to pay for it.
Elected officials have created every major problem in the state and in the country, and then they rail against them. Those with the power claim they didn’t create the problems and promise to protect us from the “real” culprits – right wing extremists who naively still go on about the Constitution, the uncooperative masses who stubbornly cling to their religion and guns, evil capitalists, natural disasters. They point to everybody (including God) but themselves. Lawmakers make laws, but why do good people make bad laws?
Because they can.
In South Carolina, politicians respond to lobbyists by burdening the rest of us with approximately 200 new laws per year that most of them do not understand. But here is what they do understand: Ordinary taxpayers are plundered by powerful insiders because lawmakers allow them to be. They have the power to fix it, but they don’t. Why? Because you, South Carolinians, let them get away with plunder. How can you stop legal plunder?
First, become an informed voter. It’s easy. Study the Greenville Tea Party’s scorecards, which are published annually. Sadly, ignorance in the voting booth is forcing us all down the road to serfdom.
We would not have Obamacare today if the health industry had not supported it. Conservatives predicted the Obama train wreck that is now upon us and careening wildly out of control.
If you are now deciding what else might be done about protecting your future, we at the GTP Advocacy Center suggest that you consider the concept of nullification.
What must we do when any legislative law is patently dangerous to the survival of the Republic, and the historical constitutional protections of the people’s sovereignty and freedom have proved inadequate to check illegal usurpation of federal power? Thomas Jefferson and other founders recommend nullification as the final moderate remedy to avoid collapse or armed resistance.
Nullification is constitutional; it meets the demands of rational logic; it has a historical record of success, it is a moral and moderate response to threats to our very survival.
Nullification begins with the axiomatic principle that a federal law that violates the Constitution is no law at all. It is void and of no effect.
Should someone protect the people from an outlaw federal government? Are the states bound to submit to laws that are prohibited by the Constitution and therefore void? What is the rightful remedy to illegal usurped power by the federal government? The answer is easily discovered from the writers of the Constitution and the founders of the federal government:
Alexander Hamilton declared in Federalist #78 that “there is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men, acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”
That’s it South Carolinians. Whose side are you on? Thomas Jefferson and the founders, or Obama and the regime; the Constitution or the rule of men; the helpless patients or the plundering health providers? Do you favor submission or resistance? Plunder or justice? Do you want to save the American way or adopt the failed European way? Who do you think will help lead you to a better future – Tea Party Americans or Wall Street occupiers?
There is no other place to go. If we find a savior of our Republic, he will come from us, the culture, the people, not from our elitist rulers who are now pounding us with their illegal power.
Now a final word to the people’s representatives who voted for nullification of Obamacare and then sponsored expansion of Medicaid in South Carolina: Be no longer mysterious and confusing on these profound decisions concerning our life, liberty and property. You owe it to your personal character and your constituents to speak out in a manner unequivocal so that no one can accuse you of duplicity.