I have been blogging on this website for several months now, and it appears most of the legislature of the great state of Oregon simply ignores their duty to police the Federal Government’s enumerated powers and ensure they do not grow beyond their authorized scope (as set forth in the U.S. Constitution). Unlimited government is an absolute tyranny- and maybe not today or tomorrow, but someday in the future it will become so.
If the Federal Government is not willing to live within their enumerated powers on health care, what makes anyone think that they will respect the limits on unreasonable search and seizure? Oh wait- the war on drugs already illegally eliminated that right! How about the freedom of religion? Oh yeah, Obamacare and a host of other federal programs already give preferential treatment to different religions! Equal protection under the law? Surely they would not dare treat citizens differently in the eyes of the law, right? Recently, the President’s authority to assassinate citizens was in the news. Once the Federal Government (for conveniences sake) ignores the law it becomes a small step to go one further, and slowly we arrive where we are today. The Founders predicted this when they set up the government as a federation instead of a national authority. The states (which have general governmental authority) were given the tools to check the Federal Government by nullifying laws which exceeded the enumerated powers granted to the Federal Government. This makes the state governments the “enforcement authority” of the Constitution.
For too long the states have slept while the Federal Government played fast and loose with the law, to such a point where the state governments are no longer possessing of the necessary courage to limit the Federal Government, nor the will. As the Federal Government ratchets up the taxes and regulations on the private sector, they give block grants to the states (hush money)- this in turn shields state legislators from having to make unpopular (but responsible) decisions. The argument is bandied around that the state government simply doesn’t have the resources to do all that is needed so the block grants are necessary, but this argument falls flat on its face when one considers where this money comes from (the very citizens that would be funding the state government). So I will write a letter to the state legislature, and make my case directly to them.
It is my sincere hope that other Oregonians will follow suit and contact their legislators to push for nullification, and that the state of Oregon will resume it’s role (with the other states) as the policeman of the republic. Here is the letter I’ve written, thank you in advance for taking the time to read this: