A quick glance at their recent op-ed – States tell Obama to Take a Hike – it seems pretty obvious that they’re at least getting the message. Here’s an excerpt:
Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri and Virginia have opted out of an even larger slice of Obamacare by rejecting the health coverage mandate. The anti-Obamacare measure will also be on the November ballot in Arizona (as a constitutional amendment), Colorado and Oklahoma so voters can decide. Judging from the 71 percent approval Missouri’s electorate gave to the Health Care Freedom Act, the electoral rebuke to the administration’s policies will be difficult to ignore.
Even in areas like gun control, where the president’s agenda has shown some restraint, states are taking pre-emptive action. After Mr. Obama was sworn in, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming enacted firearms freedom laws that declared all ammunition and firearms produced within their respective borders to be exempt from federal regulation. So long as the guns and ammo don’t cross state lines, they aren’t involved in interstate commerce. Wyoming’s legislation, signed by Mr. Freudenthal, makes it a crime punishable by a $2,000 fine and a year in jail for any state or federal official to attempt to enforce a federal gun regulation on a Wyoming-made gun.
This is the silver lining to Mr. Obama’s legislative excess. Even members of his own party can see that it’s time to restore respect for the Ninth and 10th amendments to the Constitution by limiting federal power.
Thanks to those of you who are passing this message around, reading our updates – and demanding that your state legislators and local media take action – the 10th Amendment Movement is getting closer to the mainstream.