Big centralized government statists not only reside in DC, but many reside right here in North Carolina. They justify any unconstitutional actions by the federal government with a clause from the Constitution, with one of their favorites being the “Supremacy Clause”. But cherry picking a clause out of the Constitution does not make their actions Constitutional or “supreme.”
When DC politicians do it, at least you know they are just out to further their own power, and probably just “feathering their own nest”. But what is the excuse for our state legislature and governor, their actions reduce their and by extension our state’s power and sovereignty? Is their failure to act from a lack of education in regards to the U.S. Constitution and their role as protectors of the States citizen’s liberties? Or are they really just lower level centralized government statists waiting for their chance to move up the food chain so they too can drink form the waters of the Potomac?
The recent and most egregious example is the PPACA, or as it is more affectionately nicknamed “Obamacare”. But as bad as the Act is, the statements by our own Attorney General of North Carolina, Roy Cooper in February 2011, are even worse. He issued a statement attacking North Carolina House Bill No. 2 — a bill to exempt the people of North Carolina Obamacare — because it violated the “Supremacy Clause” of the Constitution. His Solicitor General, Christopher Browning Jr., wrote, “House Bill 2 violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. U.S. Const. art VI, cl. 2 (the ‘Constitution and the laws of the United States … shall be the supreme law of the land … anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding’).” At first glance, it might appear Browning and Cooper have a case, but in fact they both are guilty of selective quoting. The ellipsis between “United States” and “shall” conveniently omits the most important part of the clause, namely only laws which are made “in pursuance” of the Constitution are supreme. According to the powers listed in Article I, Section 8, insurance mandates (not to mention all the other parts of the health care bill) are not to be included in the enumerated powers of Congress. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is actually itself unconstitutional, legally unenforceable (if we stick to the meaning of the Constitution as ratified), and cannot be considered ‘supreme.’” — The Founding Fathers Guide to The Constitution by Brian McClanahan
HB2 was a weak halfhearted attempt to block Obamacare in North Carolina and even it could not get past a veto by the Governor.
If the Legislature felt HB2 was needed to protect the citizens of the state from an unconstitutional law, they now have a chance with the Tenth Amendment’s Nullification Bill to put some real teeth in it and tell DC, not only NO but HELL NO, not in North Carolina!
The days of half measures are over; it is time for all the candidates for statewide office to pledge to introduce or cosponsor a Nullification Bill. The time for politicians is over; it is time for statesman and patriots to stand up. For as James Madison stated, they are “duty bound” to protect the citizens of the state form unconstitutional actions by the general government. If they fail to take this stand against federal overreach and usurpation of power then there will be no limits on what the general government will be able to make the citizens of this state do or buy. We will be no longer free, but will become mere serfs that must do whatever our federal overlords dictate that we must do.
YOU as Citizens of the Great and Sovereign State of North Carolina need to SIGN the Petition and Pledge not to vote for any candidate that refuses to Sign the Pledge to push the bill through the Legislature.
Demand that they Sign the Pledge Today, NOT Tomorrow, NOT next Week, Not next Month, TODAY!