It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our employees in state government who are supposed to vote on our behalf to protect our life, liberty, and property to descend on the state capitol for yet another session of the South Carolina General Assembly. On this year’s agenda are a number of hotly debated issues including finishing up the debate on “nullifying” ObamaCare.
Nullification is simply declaring an unconstitutional act of Congress unconstitutional. Its history goes back as far as 1798 when Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts which led to Kentucky and Virginia nullifying them under the pen of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively.
The tool was used again on many occasions to resist slavery during the first half of the nineteenth century and more recently to resist the Real ID Act and federal drug laws. Its uses have been broad and crossed all over the ideological spectrum but the essential underlying principle is this: That the federal government is a creation of the states and the states gave specific, delegated powers to Congress and the federal government and when the federal government exceeds those powers it is the right of states to resist that encroachment.
South Carolina is currently in a great debate about whether to “nullify” ObamaCare. The debate is not whether to march on Washington and stop the federal government from running exchanges, but how the state will act to thwart and protect its citizens by whatever means are practical.
Some of the ideas being talked about are offsetting the individual mandate penalty, directing state employees not to assist the federal government in implementation, and aggressively attacking the legislation in court repeatedly.
The most controversial aspect, however, seems to be simply saying that South Carolina officially considers ObamaCare unconstitutional. But to assert this would set a great precedent that states continue to not be subservient to the federal government and instead the federal government is subservient to the states — the way the founding fathers intended.
There is great resistance to thwarting ObamaCare in any way in Columbia. The health care insurance lobby is strong in this state and their lobbyists are circling outside the chambers of each body of the General Assembly like vultures ready to pick apart this legislation.
The rest of the country is waiting and watching, however. What comes of this bill will set the trend for the months to come across America. If enough states join in, ObamaCare will face an enormous obstacle. More important, the federal government will be pushed back against. It’s about time that happened.
Bottom line, we need your help. This legislation wouldn’t have gotten this far without the visits, calls, emails, and letters you have already made on behalf of this important effort. But now it comes down to this. We absolutely must take this stand here and now. Can you give up a work day next Tuesday to take a stand for liberty? I am and I hope you will join me and hundreds of others.
Join us at the State House this Tuesday as we rally to push back against the federal government. This is do or die time. Let’s make it happen.
WHAT: ObamaCare Nullification Rally
WHERE: South Carolina Statehouse on the front steps located at: 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201
WHEN: Tuesday January 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (rally) , 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Talk/lobby with Senators and eat lunch , 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Prayer Meeting
WHO: Nationally known Leaders in the Liberty/Tea Party Movement, local Grassroots Leaders and our very own hero’s from the SC Senate and House of Representatives will be speaking.
We will see you in Columbia!
Daniel T. Encarnacion
Chairman, Lowcountry Chapter
Republican Liberty Caucus of SC