By Alan Sexton, Green Mountain Scribes
A recent article on Breitbart’s Big Government site states that “Tea Party favorite and newly-elected Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took his oath of office today – and immediately moved to take on President Obama’s chief legislative accomplishment, Obamacare. Cruz is the first Hispanic to serve as a Texas Senator… His first bill, Cruz said, would move to strike “every syllable of every word” of Obamacare.”
However, do realities not demand we ask ourselves how fruitful Senator Cruz’s worthy effort will prove to be? Given the leftist heavy makeup of the current Senate, and the reality that Barack Obama remains in the White House, there seems, at best, a “snowball’s chance in hell” that Senator Cruz’s noble effort to repeal Obamacare will bear fruit. However, all hope is not lost…
Ending Obamacare absolutely is doable. The solution only requires that we think – and act – outside of the box. For some folks, perhaps even a bit outside their “comfort zone.”
The solution is “nullification.” The Tenth Amendment Center, a leading advocacy group in the nullification movement, most accurately defines nullification in this context as “When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as that state is concerned.”
And, despite nullification’s detractors, nullification is a legitimate solution. Thomas Jefferson proclaimed nullification a “rightful remedy” to address breaches by the federal government of its constitutional restraints. In his article “Nullification: Answering the Objections” (recommended reading), author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., founder of Liberty Classroom who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his masters, M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University writes:
“’Nullification’ dates back to 1798, when James Madison and Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, respectively. There we read that the states, which created the federal government in the first place, by the very logic of what they had done must possess some kind of defense mechanism should their creation break free of the restraints they had imposed on it. Jefferson himself introduced the word “nullification” into the American political lexicon, by which he meant the indispensable power of a state to refuse to allow an unconstitutional federal law to be enforced within its borders.”
Now, while making great strides of late, I find myself wondering why the nullification movement is not spreading as if it were wildfire on steroids.
Perhaps this is because some don’t agree with every position advocated by proponents of nullification. Thomas Paine addressed such concerns in his “First Principles of Government” (1795), cautioning “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” While we don’t likely hold all people with whom we disagree as “enemies,” Paine’s point remains, nonetheless, universally applicable, provided we do not want to experience tyrannical “blowback,” so to speak. Also most applicable here are these words of another great American Forefather, Frederick Douglass, related during an October 1883 speech at a civil rights mass meeting in Washington, D.C. “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
Perhaps this is so because good people stay on the sidelines, quietly hoping the active proponents of nullification succeed. Thomas Paine addressed this in “The American Crisis” No. I, writing, “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Then General George Washington found Paine’s words so inspirational, and motivating he ordered this pamphlet to be read aloud to Continental Army troops on December 23, 1776, just prior to the Battle of Trenton.
Alternatively, perhaps some feel that nullification is a good idea, but reason that “they’ll (government) never let us do it.” True, they won’t approve. However, Frederick Douglass most effectively addressed such concerns in his August 3, 1857 address on West India emancipation, relating that “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
We must take seriously our current predicament, and summon the courage of America’s Founders. To this end, consider these words of then General George Washington, written in his General Orders of July 2, 1776: “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them. The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this army.”
With this information and brief historical perspectives of our current predicament in mind, shouldn’t we ask ourselves whether there really is any valid reason for hesitating to become actively involved in the nullification movement, or at the very least, more thoroughly examine and consider this “rightful remedy” with the attention it deserves?
Ending Obamacare is a doable task, but it will require the determined effort of the multitudes among us who understand that we are ”endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, and hunger and thirst to reclaim our natural rights, and liberties.
The hyperlinks throughout the article lead to more information, and the Tenth Amendment Center is an outstanding, resource-rich venue to unite and aid us in achieving nullification of unconstitutional laws and regulations. I’ve joined, and I hope you will join, too. – Alan