Here is an example that goes straight to the heart of the problem of our government not adhering to the Constitution and usurping power from the states.
From a Politico.com article:
“The final Senate bill grants state legislatures the right to prevent insurance plans that operate in the proposed health insurance exchange from covering elective abortions. The changes also require people who seek abortion coverage through the exchange to pay two separate checks each month to their insurance company to “segregate” federal funds from private funds that pay for abortion.”
Since when have rights been legislated to the states and the people? Since when has congress had the power to grant states the rights that are already recognized in the Constitution?
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution clearly states that any powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved for the states and for the people. Since the power to regulate the health of US citizens was not granted to the federal government in the Constitution, it is up to the individual states to decide how (and if) they wish to regulate the health care of their citizens.
Clearly, the states already have the right to prevent such federal programs from operating within their borders
Another example of this absurdity would be when there was talk of the final bill possibly containing language that would “let the states opt out” of the public option. Apparently congress forgot that the states do not need permission to refuse to comply with unconstitutional federal mandates.
The states can flat out refuse to comply with, or nullify, any federal laws which are incompatible with the Constitution; they do not need a permission slip from the federal government in order to exercise their sovereignty.
Jason Greene is the Deputy State Coordinator for the Maine Tenth Amendment Center.
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We have allowed a Constitutionally-unqualified person to be President, and so I am not surprised that the Senate thinks it can violate the Constitution in this regard.
Even if born in Hawaii, Obama is not a natural born citizen due to his non-US citizen father, and is therefore not eligible to be President. When we allow a term such as "natural born citizen" to be ignored, we should not then be surprised that other parts of the Constitution (like the 10th amendment) get ignored.
The meaning of Natural Born is simply "born in the country." It is not affected by the citizenship of the parents.
That is why such prominent conservative Senators who are also lawyers as Orren Hatch and Lindsay Graham say that a Natural Born Citizen is simply one who was born in the USA:
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said:
“Every child born in the United States is a natural-born United States citizen except for the children of diplomats.” (December 11, 2008 letter to constituent)
Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), said:
“What is a natural born citizen? Clearly, someone born within the United States or one of its territories is a natural born citizen.” (Senate Judiciary Committee hearing hearing on OCTOBER 5, 2004)
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall when he wrote in Cohens v. Virginia 19 US 264 (1821):
"It is most true that this Court will not take jurisdiction if it should not: but it is equally true, that it must take jurisdiction if it should. The judiciary cannot, as the legislature may, avoid a measure because it approaches the confines of the constitution. We cannot pass it by because it is doubtful. With whatever doubts, with whatever difficulties, a case may be attended, we must decide it, if it be brought before us. We have no more right to decline the exercise of jurisdiction which is given, than to usurp that which is not given. The one or the other would be treason to the constitution. Questions may occur which we would gladly avoid; but we cannot avoid them. All we can do is, to exercise our best judgment, and conscientiously to perform our duty. In doing this, on the present occasion, we find this tribunal invested with appellate jurisdiction in all cases arising under the constitution and laws of the United States. We find no exception to this grant, and we cannot insert one."
Since lawmakers can violate the supreme law with impunity as evinced by Obamas education has given him the idea of doing so simply because no court can charge them with a crime , while going to or during or returning from a session of congress. He then uses his powers to intimidate the federal and local courts into refusing cases because they would be required to find the entire government acting illegally. Thats the nerve of these people and a clear statement as to the need to remove the tyrants before they consolidate enough power that they can use force to solidify their grip on power.