Monday, September 13, 2010

Health Care Nullification Strategy Goes To Pot -

It would represent a substantial personal and political risk to do it, but Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, says he thinks it's worth it.

The deal is this and it's simple enough – so simple it's positively ingenious, to say the least.

If Congress can go out on a limb and tell you when to buy health care insurance, then you can go out on a limb and tell Congress they're full of horse puckey when they tell you it's illegal to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

How do they justify the federal tax stamp act on marijuana? Why, they trot out that old standby, the interstate commerce clause. Congress can make laws regulating interstate commerce, so - whee - destroy their cannabis, confiscate their cars, homes, personal possessions, jewelry, guns, computers, stereos - the works!

Should have thought about that before you planted some seeds to smoke some grass because of the pain of that mean old brain tumor, fella.

It doesn't make a lot of sense, but, then, what does when you get to jacking with the cats in black robes. You know the type. They speak in Olde English whensoever possible about all matters thereunto appertaining; what's more, they dig that fossil lingo de Latino, the one with the weird beat with which you can't dance.

'Nuff said.

The deal is this. Grow your marijuana and smoke it. They have not the authority to jerk you up and railroad you, and you know it.

Radical enough for you?

Wait. There's more.

Michael Boldin on his core principles regarding the 10th Amendment, that darling of the anti-federalist and loyal opposition to the Constitution of 1787, which included James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Adams and many, many others who could see an unchecked federal government coming at them in stereo and didn't dig the vibes.

1. Rights are not “granted” to us by the government – they are ours by our very nature, by our birthright.
1. ALL just political authority is derived from the people – and government exists solely with our consent!
2. We the people of the several states created the federal government – not the other way around!
3. The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution – and nothing more.
4. The People of each State have the sole and exclusive right and power to govern themselves in all areas not delegated to their government.
5. A Government without limits IS A TYRANNY!

When Congress enacts laws and regulations that are not made in Pursuance of the powers enumerated in the Constitution, the People are not bound to obey them.

The Tenth Amendment movement has solid roots in the mists of antiquity, but it's gotten a lot of boost and a whole lot of mileage recently, what with the Tea Party and Nullification movements.

Here's a timeline:

In 2007, Maine…one state rep introduced a non-binding resolution opposing the REAL ID Act

In 2008, two state legislators in Oklahoma introduced a simple non-binding resolution reaffirming the Constitution as defined by the 10th amendment,

In 2009, one state rep in Montana introduced a Firearms Freedom Act, to nullify some federal gun laws and regulations

In 2009, one state rep in AZ introduced a Health Care Freedom Act, effectively banning a national health care plan in the state.

The results:
And that’s grown into a nullification movement like this country has never seen –
Already nearly a dozen states have passed 10th amendment resolutions
25 states have stopped the real id act dead in its tracks in most of the country.
8 states have passed binding laws nullifying some federal gun laws and regulations in their state – including Wyoming, which included a penalty of a fine and imprisonment for fed agents violating the state law
And 5 states have already passed laws to nullify federal health care mandates – with more on the way.

“The reality is this – when enough people say no to the federal government, and enough states pass laws saying no to the federal government – they will not be able to enforce their unconstitutional mandates on us.”

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