Just say “NO!” to unconstitutional federal overreach

State efforts to roll back the federal health care law have drawn increasing attention to the principle of nullification in recent months. And as state legislators realize they have a viable tool to fight unconstitutional federal overreach, they increasingly employ the idea to push back against other expansions of federal power, including TSA full body scanners, acts prohibiting medicinal marijuana, the Real ID Act, EPA regulations and federal gun laws.

James Madison said the states have a right and are duty bound to interpose when the feds overreach, and Thomas Jefferson called it, “the rightful remedy.” But what exactly is nullification? What are its origins and history? Can a states really declare a law unconstitutional, and null and void within its borders?

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Action Alert: Ask Governor Corbett to Uphold the Constitution

This letter from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Coaltion and Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center was hand delivered to Governor Corbett’s office today.  The letter is also being circulated among grass roots activists throughout for follow-on submissions from around the state.

  • The People have declared, through the November elections, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) act reaches beyond the powers which have been delegated to our representatives in the federal government.
  • 28 States, including Pennsylvania, have argued to the court that the act is Unconstitutional.
  • 19 States, including Pennsylvania, are currently considering Health Care Freedom legislation.
  • 11 States are currently considering the Tenth Amendment Center’s own Health Care Nullification legislation.
  • Judge Vinson has ruled that the PPACA is Unconstitutional and void.
  • The people, the states and the court are in agreement.  The PPACA is Unconstitutional.

Yet, the federal government continues implementing the law!  And so does Pennsylvania – Why is Governor Corbett continuing to implement an act which he, as Attorney General, affirmed to the court is Unconstitutional?  As Michael F. Cannon at the Cato Institute notes, if we fail to protect our rights, it makes it easier for someone else (read, Washington, DC) to violate them.

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