MUST RISE UP: ONLY WAY TO COMBAT OBAMA'S AGENDA
April 7, 2010
the passage of ObamaCare coming on the heels of government takeover
of industries and taxpayer-funded bailouts of the irresponsible, many
are wondering how we can turn the socialist tide. They see Uncle Sam
expanding, their rights and economic prospects shrinking and their voices
ignored. For these people, November cannot come soon enough.
November is not the ultimate solution. In the political universe, seven
months is an eternity, and we cannot know precisely how public sentiment
will evolve. Besides, the chances of Republicans retaking both Houses
are slim and, even if they do, there’s no guarantee they’ll
rise to the occasion. Some will be Scott Brown types — not the
sort to give us tradition we can believe in.
better solution lies on the local and state levels. Fifteen states are
currently suing the federal government over ObamaCare, and then there
is the Tenth
Amendment Movement, involving at least 35 states that are asserting
their sovereignty over powers granted them by that amendment. These
are good starts, but . . . .
What if the Supreme Court, in obvious violation of the Constitution,
upholds ObamaCare? Do we simply obey unflinchingly and wait for the
next federal usurpation?
there is every reason to believe the Black Robes will thus rule, as
enabling the Leviathan’s tyranny has become their practice. Of
course, many legal “scholars” will provide oh-so intellectual
justifications for the incessant expansion of federal power as they
lawyer away our rights. But let’s look at what James Madison,
considered the father of the Constitution, wrote in The Federalist,
was the last time we had a government reflecting these limits? The truth
is that Uncle Sam violates the Constitution ever more brazenly with
the passage of time, adding to its power and subtracting from our rights.
And it won’t stop unless someone stops it.
it is time we stopped it. The states should send a message: Black Robes,
if you won’t do your job, we will do it for you. No state resident
shall be compelled to buy health insurance, and we will not cooperate
in the enforcement of such a mandate. Furthermore, no federal agents
may enter our territories for the purposes of such enforcement. And
if they do, they will be arrested.
top of this immediate concern, states should resolve that the same will
apply to all other unconstitutional mandates — regardless
of how established and longstanding they may be.
many people — good people — will object to this prescription.
“How can you defy the courts?” they will ask. “We
must respect the rule of law.” But what is the law? The Constitution
is the supreme law of the land. And when a government violates it, it
loses its legitimacy, right to exist and legal authority.
we just accept an oligarchic judiciary and abide by its dictates no
matter how onerous? Will we accept social engineers-cum-lawyers’
“interpretations” of plain language regardless of how contrary
to the text they may be? What will we believe, them or our own eyes?
If the former, we are not governed by the rule of law. We are governed
by the rule of lawyers.
let us understand fully the moral and legal validity of my
counsel. The Constitution is the contract the American people have with
one another, and enumerated in it are the rights and responsibilities
of all those party to it. But it has one serious flaw.
only works if you actually abide by it.
what if one of the parties, being more powerful, continually violates
the contract for the purposes of advantaging itself? Do you seek redress
through the courts? Sure. What if, however, this party has the power
to appoint judges sympathetic to its tyrannical aims? What if these
judges, with a wink and a nod and legalistic mumbo-jumbo, aid and abet
the party in its breach of contract? Do you just say, “Oh, well,
that’s what the contract means now because they said so”?
Or do you recognize a simple fact?
wit: Through its habitual violation of the terms of the contract, the
federal government has rendered it null and void.
and void. It is silly to think that states have an obligation to follow
the law when the Leviathan violates it at will. It is to fight abiding
by Queensberry rules while your opponent makes up his own rules. That
is, if you can even characterize it as fighting and not genuflection.
know my prescription is bold enough to scare many into believing all
the more in November, but be under no illusions. The idea that we’re
going to put the Leviathan in its proper place at the national ballot
box is a pipe dream. The problem of extra-constitutional federal governance
is not a new phenomenon; it is approximately 100 years old and so deeply
ingrained that the central government views many violations of the Constitution
as federal rights. Besides, the Founding Fathers gave us a balance of
power between Washington and the states for a reason: Governments don’t
willingly relinquish or limit their own power. Thus, it is naïve
to think that “asking” the Leviathan to recede into its
cage will bring anything but contemptuous laughter. For how long will
we say “pretty please”? For how long will we play by the
rules while the Leviathan plays with the rules? It’s time to stop
asking and start telling.
those of us who care about resurrecting tradition are in the minority.
The 11 most populous states boast more than half our population and
enough electoral votes to elect the president, and they are a decidedly
liberal bunch. Obama won nine of them — most by wide margins —
losing only Texas and Georgia. Four of them, California, New York, Illinois
and New Jersey — which alone have a quarter of the U.S.’
population — are firmly entrenched in the statist camp; three
of them, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, have one foot in that grave;
and two of them, Florida and North Carolina, are teetering on the edge.
And all of them, along with the rest of the West, are trending left.
is time for the few remaining pockets of traditionalism to take control
of their culture and destiny. If not now, when? Will the resurrection
of manly virtue ever wait for the next usurpation? Will we wait until
the Black Robes find
a justification for hate-speech laws? Do we sit idly by while cultural
traitors manufacture socialist votes by granting amnesty to 13-20 million
illegals, people with no allegiance to our nation? Will we just watch
them build a statist electoral phalanx that will support the redistribution
of wealth and further constitutional trespass? I say no. States should
send a message to the Leviathan: If you don’t do your job, we’ll
do it for you. They should make clear that they will not recognize the
citizenship of any individual who broke into our nation and was then
given a get-out-of-jail-free-if-you-vote-for-me card.
that you say? Immigration is a federal role?
if asked about the constitutionality of the matter, I
would just quote a very powerful woman second in line to the presidency:
“Are you serious?! Are you serious?!
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I am serious. It’s time to stop acting like an abused wife who’d
rather take beating after beating after beating than leave the tyrant.
sun will not come out in November. It rises with the vigilant, shines
on the stout-hearted, and sets only when a nation’s courage sleeps.
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