By Seth Richardson
Jon Caldera of the Independence Institute believes that Coloradoans ought to have the right to opt out of the mandatory health care insurance purchase provisions of Obama’s progressive/socialist health care plan and pay for their own health care if they choose to do so, and he’s put his money where his mouth is by funding a state constitutional amendment petition drive to that effect. Caldera’s “Right to Health Care Choice” initiative appears to have gotten sufficient signatures to be placed on the November ballot.
This is great news for Coloradoans, even while political and legal pundits pooh-pooh it’s ability to achieve its intended purpose. Professor Bob Loevy, a political science professor at Colorado College is quoted in the Gazette as saying, “The U.S. Constitution contains an supremacy clause. The chance that you can use an initiated state law or constitutional amendment to reverse a law of Congress is highly unlikely.”
He’s perfectly correct that a state constitutional amendment cannot in and of itself trump a federal law, but that’s not the point of Caldera’s effort. Caldera’s plan is much more subtle and effective.
What such a state constitutional amendment does is to state with crystal clarity what the will of the People of Colorado is in the matter, which sets up a conflict with both this, and any future federal law on the subject that will make it politically unpopular for Congress, particularly our state-elected congresspersons, to support, vote for, or fail to oppose such laws in the future.
While a state congressional representative may be able to plausibly argue that it’s his or her “best judgment” to vote for such a law where the people who elected him or her to office have not spoken on the matter at the state level, defying the will of the People by voting for a federal law that stands squarely in conflict with the Colorado Constitution is another matter entirely. Our elected federal representatives have a duty to honor and respect the laws of Colorado in their exercise of federal power, and for them to vote for something that stands in direct opposition to Colorado law or our Constitution is an abuse of the office they hold.
Indeed, doing so is very probably an offense so grave that it could (and should) trigger a recall election for that official, something that most Coloradoans don’t understand they have the right to do.
Article XXI, Section 1 of the Colorado Constitution says, “Every elective public officer of the state of Colorado may be recalled from office at any time by the registered electors entitled to vote for a successor of such incumbent through the procedure and in the manner herein provided for, which procedure shall be known as the recall, and shall be in addition to and without excluding any other method of removal provided by law.” (emphasis added)
That includes Congressional Representatives and Senators.
But even more important is that what’s being done is to set the stage not necessarily for a court challenge over a Colorado constitutional amendment or a recall of a Senator or Representative, but rather its to set the stage for a federal constitutional amendment that will repeal Obamacare and forever forbid Congress from meddling in such things again in the future. “It’s not about fighting Obamacare today but about fighting government control in the future,” says Caldera.
So far some 13 states have shown interest in enacting state laws and constitutional amendments to oppose the egregious excesses of the Progressive Obamacare attempts to socialize medicine in the U.S., and more will likely join with us, and it takes only 38 states to call a Constitutional Convention. This is so unsettling to Congress that every time the states get close to calling a Constitutional Convention, the Congress capitulates and passes an acceptable Amendment it brings forward, thus forestalling the threat of a “runaway” Constitutional Convention that might limit Congress even further. So, the mere threat of the states calling a convention is generally sufficient to induce Congress to do the right thing.
Why would the states join us in this declaration of opposition to oppressive federal power grabs? Well, for one thing, the Progressives never give up on their agenda of imposing totalitarianism on us. The ink on the bill that Nitwit Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass so we could find out what’s in it was barely dry when Democrats and Progressives started re-warming the “public option” plan, which is nothing less than the destruction of the best health care system on the planet, to be replaced with the British model. You know, the one that’s driven the U.K. to the brink of economic collapse and that they are now abandoning.
Look for this next step in Obama Socialism to be rammed through by Progressives during the coming lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections, as the outgoing Progressives, like zombies who will not die even with stakes through their hearts, will attempt to pass every Progressive wish-list bit of socialism they’ve had in the last 100 years on their way out the door, in spite of the fact that it’s perfectly clear that the People want none of it.
They’ll do it, and they’ll do it unapologetically because Progressives like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama and the rest of their ilk infesting Congress have no honor, no dignity, no respect for the United States or its history. They have positive disrespect for the Constitution, which they see as an impediment to their tyrannical totalitarian socialist pretensions, and no respect for you whatsoever. They think you are simply too stupid and ignorant to know what’s good for you, so they are going to do what they want, if we let them.
They are traitors to the Constitution and they are are intent on ramming through their progressive version of socialism at any cost, because to them the ends justify the means, and they care nothing for what you think or for your liberty. Remember this next time you vote for a Senator or Representative, and choose more carefully in the future.
But the battle to oppose this sort of egregious abuse of power starts with the likes of Jon Caldera and the Independence Institute, and his initiative to enshrine in our state Constitution the policies of limited government that made this nation great, as a warning to our congressional representatives that they defy the will of the people at their peril.
So, vote for Caldera’s “Right to Health Care Choice” amendment when you see it on the ballot, and stand against the excesses and abuses of power of the federal government by showing our fellow citizens in other states that we will stand with them in amending the U.S. Constitution to rectify and prevent such tyranny.
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