Should We Obey All Laws?

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In a word, if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, citizens should press their state governors and legislatures to nullify the law. You say, “Williams, the last time states got into this nullification business, it led to a war that cost 600,000 lives.” Two things are different this time. First, most Americans are against Obamacare, and secondly, I don’t believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance. Led by Jefferson and James Madison, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 were drafted where legislatures took the position that the Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. They said, “Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government … (and) whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” The 10th Amendment to our Constitution supports that vision: “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.”

Congress has already gone far beyond the powers delegated to it by the Constitution. In Federalist No. 45, Madison explained: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” That vision has been turned on its head; it’s the federal government whose powers are numerous and indefinite, and those of the state are now few and defined.

Former slave Frederick Douglass advised: “Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. … The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

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  • davarino

    Exactly what I was thinking Walter, except not nearly as eloquent : ) We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

    I think the repubs/conservatives in Washington have acquiesced to the notion that if we dont respect the laws, executive orders…..etc. that the dems pass then they wont respect the laws we pass and you run into a situation similar to the civil war. Well my thought is that if we dont push back soon its all gone and the American experiment is over and there is nothing left to fight for anyway.

    • anita marus

      if someone would read the entire operma care they would change their minds completely. there are pages that say the gov. would only pay you 2,000 a year for your medical problems (husband and wife). if you have children the gov would only pay you 10,000 a year for the entire family… Not you or your doctor would see how things would fit into your medical papers , only the gov would tell you. and if you want to get more insurance you can be finded by the gov. no one is strong enough to read the medical caree bill. because there are things in there that would scare a family rich or poor.

  • tagalog

    As with all systems created and administered by human beings, the legal system, the legislative system, and the judicial system are imperfect. When, as happens from time to time (the Third Reich comes most readily to mind) the legal system disgorges laws that are repugnant, it is our duty to overturn them, and to ignore them until that happens. People do that all the time, by the way, and that duty is what undergirds the true concept of civil disobedience (not the kind of present-day phony idea of civil disobedience that says someone can disobey the law and not bear the consequences).

    In my town, we have an active group of people who call themselves "Patriots" or something like that. They think certain laws, like sales tax laws for example, are not legitimate; we also have a group of Occupiers who think they, as citizens, can camp out in the public parks. Both those groups refuse to obey the law. One day they may attract enough followers to actually change the law. Or one day they will disappear, having failed to do that. In the meantime, they must deal at first hand with the application of the law. Whatever their wisdom, they have the courage of their convictions, and that deserves respect.

    • Amused


      • tagalog

        They ARE perfect, is that what your sophisticated critique is saying?

  • Gene

    An oppressive government: "When in the course of Human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that connect them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate but equal station To which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God Entitle them! Entitle them! A decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that the should declare the causes which impel the separation."

  • Linda Rivera


    Is this REALLY our AMERICA??????

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points

  • Linda Rivera

    An inferior health care plan that NO ONE wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing.

    The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the OIL-WEALTHY Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and LAUGH all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • Linda Rivera

    Organic, non-GMO avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries must be planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive because of the frightening, highly destructive economic policies of our government.

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ

  • Schlomotion

    I agree with this article even though it has been Blackanized for rhetorical effect.

  • Msgtusaf

    If people have read the words of the new black panthers, they will know, that if obama loses this election, there will be a civil war instigated by militant blacks and their union puppets. If obama wins those of us who love this country and freedom will be pushed into a corner. God have mercy on America!

  • dennis x

    During the Clinton impeachment all we heard from the right was " we are a nation of laws". I guess you meant only when you agree with those laws.

  • AntiSharia

    First of all there are too many federal laws, we should repeal most of them. But, as conservatives, we should honor the constitution and nullification is not the way to do that. Nullification is unconstitutional as it violates the supremacy clause. In order for it to be constitutional an amendment would have to be passed, and while that might not be a bad idea, it is unconstitutional as the constitution stands now.

    Secondly even if the court holds that the Obamacare law is constitutional it's never going to be enacted. The law is unenforceable. What's Washington going to do? Arrest everyone who refuses to buy insurance? We don't have enough room in our prisons now there's no way our justice system could handle all of the people who refuse to obey this unconstitutional law.

  • Swatty Jim

    -Dr. Michael Savage

    Sadly, we are paving the way for our own demise, yet, no one says a thing. Where is the public outcry? Oh I see, everyone is too busy on their smartphones, and too lazy to step off the STARBUCKS COFFEE LINE! Shame on us.


    • Amused

      LOL…..Savage ??? A screeching loon from Brooklyn ?? Who claims he's got a PHD in EVERYTHING ? They probably ran him out of Brooklyn ,that's how he wound up in Frisco .
      Speak for yourself man …shame on YOU .

  • Amused

    Ahhhh, there it is ! NULLIFICATION , spoken like a true fascist , why dont you rent a bungalow up in Idaho Williams . Just head for the mouintains and when you get stopped by a bunch of bald headed guys wearing crucifixes and swastikas , you'll know you're home .
    But hey look where "not obeying the law " got us today .If Wall Street obeted the law there would have been no economic collaps in 08 . Maybe you';re really an Anarchist eh Williams ?

  • Lady_Dr

    FINALLY – someone is speaking up for the 10th Amendment.

    I'm no prophet and don't know what will happen in the future – BUT we must be prepared to go to jail, we must be prepared for civil war lead, initiated in fact by the left who are completely out of control and angry and will almost certainly try to rig the election and if they don't win will have a temper tantrum. Be prepared.

    • Amused

      Better get back on your prozac Lady_Dr , if you're out , just write yourself another prescription .

  • Rick_in_VA

    There are two types of laws:

    Malum in se– Which means evil in and of itself. Murder and rape would come under this heading.

    Malum prohibitum– Which means it's illegal because someone says it is. Zoning laws, for instance.

    Obamacare is definitely in the latter category. Aside from that fact, it is blatantly unconstitutional, like so much of what the federal government does.

    Look in the Constitution and you will find that the congress has the power to control what the supreme Court (note: supreme is not capitalized in the constitution) is allowed to rule on.

  • AC

    Most laws are tolerable only to the extent to which they can be ignored/

  • Amused

    Last time I looked we were a country ruled by law ,and we had a Supreme Court , to validate or overturn a law .
    Disobey the laws you don't like Obey the ones you do …..that amounts to BULLSHEEET . And BTW , EVERYONE has the right to DUE PROCESS , that is they can appeal right of to the Supreme Court . Therefore if anyone thinks a law is unfair or in violation of the Constitution or and established Amendment ,the law can be ruled un-Constitutional thus repealed or an Amendment deemed to be violated or clarified if need be . Congress , does not overule the Supreme Court nor do they determine what will be brought before that Court .