Wednesday, August 4, 2010


"Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

"The citizens of the Show-Me State don't want Washington involved in their health care decisions," said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets."
STL Today

The battle has been joined and the first shots fired! Missouri, the first state to have a public vote on Obamacare, has rejected it by a 3 to 1 margin.

We'll hear today from all the experts that this doesn't matter, that the federal laws always supercede the state laws. Of course, that isn't what the Constitution says. The opponents of Prop C are fond of the Supremacy Clause,
Article 6, Section 2 of the Constitution which states:

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

The part they always leave out is the qualifier in the first part of the sentence that requires valid federal law to be in compliance with the Constitution before it can be imposed upon the states. That's the point of prop C. The state of Missouri and her citizens do not believe that the Obamacare mandates are Constitutional and because of this we will not follow them. Do we have the authority to opt out of a law that is not authorized by the Constitution in Article 1, Section 8? You bet!

Ninth Amendment to the Constitution
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Tenth Amendment to the Constitution
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The dirty little secret, the one that the politicians don't want you to know, is that the people created the Constitution and the people have the ultimate power. We lent the federal government certain of our rights to allow it to govern effectively. It has the power we allowed it to have, no more, no less. If it oversteps its authority we retain the power to stop it dead in its tracks.

Obamacare requires us to buy a product from a third party as part of our citizenship. It requires us to relinquish our property to the federal government to be redistributed to others. None of this was authorized by the people in the Constitution and the people of Missouri have spoken! The government has overstepped its powers and we're reeling it back in! We are using our powers under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to shut this thing down!

This vote, in conjunction with the court cases that have been filed by Virginia, Florida and a host of other states sends a strong message to the politicans that would be Kings. They've finally gone too far.

Expect things to start to get real ugly now. But no matter what happens, remember, the people of Missouri fired the first shot. Be proud that we stood up and use that pride to carry us forward in this battle for the very soul of our country. And know we're not alone. I suspect that many other states would have done the same thing given the chance.

The air smells just a little sweeter this morning. It smells like liberty.

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