by Jeff Davis
An article from U.S.News.com reports: “Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie. Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between the federal government and states, South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law.”
“If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and ‘must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.’”
“Federal officials caught enforcing the law, however, would be given stiffer punishment under the proposal. Any federal employee or contractor enforcing the law ‘is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,’ the bill proposes.”
“‘I think we’re within our rights to do this,’ Chumley explained to U.S. News. ‘It’s an obligation, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the people.’”
Constitution? What Constitution? Didn’t we used to have one of those, before Barack Obama began using it as a doormat trampling it every time he walks into the Oval Office?
The article goes on “The bill was drafted after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the healthcare law in June, a decision that Chumley strongly disagrees with. In response, says Chumley, ‘we put a little study committee together to look at the possibility of nullification.’ The study group included local lawyers, retired political science professors, and medical doctors, Chumley says. Another attendee was state Sen. Lee Bright, who is proposing similar legislation in the legislature’s upper chamber. ‘If we don’t do something now, when do we?’ says Chumley.”
It would have been nice if Chief Justice Roberts had done his job and ruled ObamaCare un-Constitutional and spared us our current predicament. Roberts ruled that ObamaCare was really a tax. Curiously the Obama administration had told everyone it wasn’t a tax when they were getting votes for it. Can you impeach a president for fraud?
Most likely, Roberts ruled in favor of ObamaCare, not because he thought it was Constitutional, but because he wanted to put a gun to the head of the American people, raising the stakes of the 2012 election. If Obama were reelected, the job-killing, pocket-picking abomination, known as ObamaCare would go into effect. Too bad none of the mainstream media outlets bothered to warn anyone about the many devastating negatives that come with ObamaCare. Unfortunately, Romney still lost the election (or had it stolen from him) and we’re now in a worse mess than ever.
I wish Representative Chumley the best of luck, but his state would probably stand a better chance of seceding from the Union and should probably give that a try.