Archive for July 18th, 2012
State Representative Mike Ritze from Oklahoma will be proposing a bill that nullifies ObamaCare. No, nullification isn’t when all the white conservatives demand that we bring back black slavery to the states. Nullification happens when the states tell the Feds, “Don’t you forget that we created you, and that we’re sovereign to you. We’re not going to abide by your unconstitutional laws, and if you try to force them on us, you’ll find your agents in jail.”
Ritze’s bill isn’t just one of those non-binding resolutions that merely states that Obama’s healthcare mandate is unconstitutional. Those resolutions do nothing but make politicians feel better about themselves. It gives them something to point to when people ask them what they are doing to counteract Obama’s tyranny. “Well, I voted for some non-binding resolution saying that ObamaCare was unconstitutional. Doesn’t that count for something?” they might ask. Well, no, not really. Resolutions don’t do anything. In fact, they can make things worse because politicians think that at least it’s doing something, and after they’ve voted for the resolution, they think, “Well, at least we tried.” Resolutions in effect say, “Hey, Feds. We don’t really agree with what you’re doing, but I guess we’ll accept it if we have to. Thanks, bye.” Yeah, I’m sure the Feds shake in their boots when they get non-binding state resolutions voicing their opinions. If only people put as much stock in Supreme Court decisions as they do in empty resolutions. How about something with teeth?
Ritze doesn’t just call ObamaCare unconstitutional; his bill will criminalize any U.S. government agent who tries to enforce Obama’s brand of healthcare socialism in the state of Oklahoma:
“Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or both.
Any public officer or employee of the State of Oklahoma that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding two (2) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or both such fine and imprisonment.”
It remains to be seen if this bill will pass the House and be signed into law by the Governor, but it’s looking fairly positive. Both the Oklahoma Attorney General and the Governor have voiced opinions consistent with Ritze’s move. But remember what happened when Texas tried to nullify the TSA with H.B. 1937. All it took for the bill to be pulled from the floor was a letter from the DOJ threatening to create a “no-fly zone” over Texas. And that was just about the TSA. Think of the consequences in Oklahoma or any other state if it decides to criminalize federal agents for enforcing ObamaCare. Are the Feds going to threaten to shut down all hospitals? I know that sounds ridiculous, but so does mandating a “no-fly zone.”
Ritze’s bill is the kind of gutsy move that we need to be seeing all over the country. People need to be outraged. Things will only change when the people and those that represent us in government choose not to be afraid of what the Leviathan state will do if we tell them, “No.”