Obamacare Is Making Us Ill

cross-posted from the Nevada Tenth Amendment Center

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the Obamacare plan violates the Constitution.  What most Americans don’t realize is that it violates it on so many levels.

The average person can clearly see that the federal government does not have the power to force citizens to buy commercial products, such as health insurance, against their will.  But what most don’t see are the hidden violations of multiple constitutional provisions that are necessary to make this plan a reality.  Facing a Democratically-controlled Senate, Republicans in the House of Representatives have vowed to defund the program if necessary.  However, this is not as easily done as it may appear.

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War’s Unbelievable Price Tag

EDITOR’S NOTE: Anthony Gregory will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! Los Angeles. Get tickets here – http://www.nullifynow.com/losangeles – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

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Operation Odyssey Dawn—the bizarrely named military attack upon Libya—is a relatively small war. It is only because of this that Obama partisans are getting away with not calling it a war at all. It is indeed tiny compared to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It pales in comparison to the great U.S. wars of the 20th century that each inspired a slew of movies and stand as major watersheds in American history, with lasting impacts on our culture and social consciousness.

Yet this infant war has almost surely cost hundreds of millions of dollars already and will likely cost billions before it’s over.

Let’s put this in perspective. Republicans, holding high the banner of fiscal discipline, recently targeted National Public Radio for spending cuts. Now, I always opposed federal funding for this or any other media outlet. And I suspect NPR will only improve, freed from the stigma of being governmental, a heavy price to pay for the mere 2% or so of its budget that directly came from Washington, DC. (Even the executive who recently resigned, having been caught lambasting the tea party, agreed that NPR would have been better off with no federal funding.)

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Radio: Mike Slater interviews Michael Boldin on war powers

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mike and Michael talk about the power to declare vs the power to wage war, the war powers act of 1973, Obama’s unconstitutional military adventures in Libya, and the founder’s view on war power. Mike Slater is host of the Mike Slater Show airing weekday mornings from 6-9am…

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Tenth Amendment Legislation Needs Support

In our post, Pennsylvania Legislature Joins the TSA Resistance Movement, we told you about Pennsylvania’s House Resolution 16 and House Bill 852.  Both of these items were offered by Representative Tallman in resistance to the TSA’s Unconstitutional airport screening measures.  These pieces of legislation are currently referred to the State Government Committee.

House Resolution 49, Pennsylvania’s House State Sovereignty Resolution which was introduced by Representative Swanger, is also referred to the State Government Committee.

We have been advised that the State Government Committee will be meeting with regards to the TSA legislation on this Wednesday, March 30, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Good Morning American Citizen…

“Good Morning Dave…” This was the cold voice of a machine that went insane and killed everyone in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It terrified the audience because the audience knew that the computer was now in control of the ship and they were at its mercy. The crew lost control because the machine was no longer bound by the crew’s own programming. The machine started to write its own program as it wanted and ignored the crew’s own instructions.

The classical liberal view of the law is that it was like a computer program and the government is like the computer that runs the program. This allowed the people to remain in control of the machinary of the state as long as the government executed the law precisely as the people instructed it to.

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He’s Not Your Commander In Chief, Dennis Miller!

While watching The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News recently, I heard Dennis Miller say to Bill O’Reilly that President Obama is “my commander in chief.” Ummm…no he’s not Dennis. Now someone might accuse me of being hypercritical, but I assure you, I’m not trying to slam Dennis Miller. However, his statement really bothers me and it should concern…

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Trashing the Constitution to Bomb Libya

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Michael Maharrey on the air, Baldy and the Blonde, in New Orleans on 03-23-11. From the show website: O-Bomb-Away trashes the Constitution to bomb Libya, taking his orders from the UN, and Mike Maharrey from the Tenth Amendment Center joins us to suggest solutions to the Big Brother…

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GOP Failure; Again…

The Grand Old Party is anything but grand. The freshman republicans that were sent to congress with a mandate to cut, cut, and cut the budget until it bled are being stifled by the Republican Party. Hugh Hewitt would say it is a leadership failure, I say it is a party failure. You see, party politics is about power. The power to control the process and purse of government where the purse is what is used to pay the supporters and voters for votes. Principle be damned.

In some ways the leadership is a problem but all too often party trumps principle. The GOP leadership has failed to deliver in the short term because they are strategizing to win a majority in both houses and the presidency in 2012. That strategy is a party first strategy. I am not sure the GOP will ever be able to act on principle. What is bound to happen is a rejection of the GOP because even though the party leaders think it is all about 2012, the voters that put them there are all about today.

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End the War on Libya!

We finally did what John McCain, a Republican Party Presidential candidate, said that we should do in Libya and it was Barak Obama, the Democratic Party Presidential candidate and ultimate victor, who then did it—enforce a no-fly zone on another country who poised no military threat to the United States. Are there any real differences between the two major parties on foreign policy? Where is the authority for a single person to approve military action against another country which action has always been considered an act of war?

Although I have no sympathy for Moammar Gadhafi, how would we feel if Libya was the super power and did the same to us? Of course, I realize that this was done by coalition forces (mostly France and Britain) through the power of the United Nations, but whose kidding who: it is mostly our aircraft, our pilots, our ships and our Tomahawk Missiles.

I am concerned about the constitutionality of this action by either a Democratic or a Republican President. The making and funding of war were clearly denied the President in the Constitution because he “had the most propensity for war.” Only Congress has the right “to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.” War requires the blood of our young warriors and this requires the permission of the people who are required to be the fodder in such.

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