The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 2, 2013

Letter: Senate reluctant to pass nullification bill

ENID, Okla. — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a nullification bill, which would lay the ground work to prohibit the enforcement of Obamacare within our state. The Senate seems reluctant to follow suit.

I have had numerous senators tell me that nullification is illegal, federal law always trumps state law, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter, 2014 elections are the answer and my personal favorite is it would be a violation of their oath of office to not follow this unconstitutional law.

If true, our republic is dead, the states are mere administrative agencies of a central government and the nine politically well-connected lawyers on the Supreme Court are the only real sovereigns in our Union.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution enumerates the 18 powers ceded to the federal government by the states. Regardless of the many hidden clauses the Supreme Court has been able to witch from the parchment over time, health care is not among those listed as well as authority for about 80 percent of the powers our current government exercises.

Does any thinking person really believe that national elections and Supreme Court appointments will shrink or even curb the expansion of Washington and its ever growing appetite for our liberty and treasure? No, this course of action has a long history of repeated failures.

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison knew it be the duty of state to protect its citizens from unconstitutional laws and believed nullification to be the “rightful remedy” in such cases. I’m pretty certain these men were more than familiar with the particulars of our governing document. Our only realistic hope of a decent and prosperous future for our children lies with Oklahoma and other states forcing Washington back on to its constitutional reservation.

Mark Irwin

Lahoma

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