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. – 10th Amendment of the US Constitution
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare I am increasingly of the opinion that the answer to an over-reaching federal government, not just in the Obamacare instance, but in the many instances where the feds appear to operate beyond the limits of the Constitution, is in simple nullification. If a state fundamentally disagrees with a federal law, and there is a sound constitutional basis for the objection, the state should just choose not to enforce a particular law.
In essence the states should force the federal government to play its very weak hand.
California and Colorado have essentially done this with de facto legalization of cannabis. The people of those states support the policy and essentially the states have said to the feds, “Come and take it.”
Word comes that Florida’s governor is perusing an Obamacare nullification strategy. I also hear that Bobby Jindal in Louisiana is considering taking a similar tack.
This could be a way forward for those who believe that the federal government has lost touch with reality and is enforcing (and creating) laws which the people simply do not want, are damaging to the citizenry, and which constitute an abuse of federal power.
The federal government can’t afford to send enforcers into all the states to force compliance; we are long past the day that it could, if indeed it ever could have. And the truth is the people who would be in charge of enforcing federal decrees against the will of the states, the bureaucrats and the ones with guns, I believe would be unlikely to do so in the face of massive resistance.
We have sought relief from an overbearing federal government for years but such pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Even so called “conservatives” have continued to expand the power of the federal government. And this expansion only happens because we continue to allow it to expand. We the people can simply turn our backs on the feds and they wouldn’t know what to do.
We have an obligation now to think of the future of this wonderful country and to decide if we are OK with the increased consolidation of power in Washington, or if in this time buying local, cloud computing, and interest in “resilience” whether a more decentralized model makes more sense.
We already have the model ready to go too! It’s called the Constitution.