Wednesday, January 26, 2011

GOP invokes 1700's doctrine in health care fight

Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight Obama's Socialist takeover of our health care system.
They are introducing measures that hinge on "nullification," Thomas Jefferson's late 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states the ultimate say in constitutional matters.
GOP lawmakers introduced such a measure Wednesday in the Idaho House, and Alabama, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming are also talking about the idea.

The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Yet, the Federal Government has expanded its powers well beyond the scope intended by the founding fathers of our country.
How do we stop this unconstitutional expansion of federal power?

Nullification is a legal theory that says states, through their legislative bodies, have the right to nullify or invalidate any federal law deemed unconstitutional by that state. Nullification argues that because the states originally entered the Union as sovereign entities on the terms of a compact, they have the power to nullify any law passed by the federal government they believe is unconstitutional.
In this video, Thomas Woods sets the foundation for the principle of nullification through illustration of Thomas Jefferson's actions in 1798.