Filed under: Election 2010, Health Care, News, Politics, Socialism, The Constitution | Tags: Missouri, Obamacare
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending a clear message of discontent to Washington and Democrats less than 100 days before the midterm elections.
About 71 percent of Missouri voters backed a ballot measure, Proposition C, that would prohibit the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing them for not having it. [more]
Yes, the left has already begun to point to the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution which establishes that federal law trumps state law — but since the Constitution is strange and unfamiliar to them, someone should point out that it only trumps state law on matters that the Constitution permits the Federal Government to address in the first place. And the Constitution most decidedly does not permit the Federal Government to regulate INTRA-state commerce, particularly when INTER-state commerce is explicitly prohibited. Nor does the Constitution permit the federal government to demand that Americans buy a particular good or service against their will. Nor, I would argue, could a document that supposedly enshrines a God-given right to medical privacy, POSSIBLY permit the federal government to seize control over those sacred private services and records.
But for all the spin, as lefty after lefty lines up to explain why this vote doesn’t matter, one thing is for certain: the nations jurists are paying attention — as well they should. The courts are government, and so derive what just powers they have from the consent of the governed. Missouri is the first state to proclaim that they do not consent. I think there will be many more.
Americans will not submit to European-style socialist healthcare for one very simple reason: Americans are not Europeans. We do not tolerate overlords.