Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Virginia: The last line of defense against Obamacare

Scott Lingamfelter
Member, Virginia House of Delegates
R-31 (Prince William and Fauquier)

President Obama, Congress, and the Supreme Court can rubberstamp Obamacare. In theory.

But to put this monstrous law into practice, they'll have to go through Virginia first.

And we're not taking this overreach lying down. Virginia never has.

The Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights. The principles that formed our nation were inspired largely by Virginians.

Today, I believe that  Virginians must be the ones to lead our nation back from the brink of what our Founders feared most:


                                                   An arrogant, out-of-control federal government,

  trampling on the rights of the people and of the states.


While the Supreme Court can rule on the law of the land, it's the Constitution that's the Supreme law of the land. And while the Founders might not have foreseen a President who believes in government as much as Barack Obama does, they did foresee the threat of tyranny from a too-powerful federal government.

That's why they created the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution—based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights—to protect the rights of the people and the states.

That's why on February 16, 2010 I asked my fellow members of the House of Delegates to join me in reminding Virginia's Congressional Delegation about the true intent of the 10th Amendment,  in summary it stated,


"We, therefore, serve notice to the United States government, as its agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."


So, as you can see, I'm no Johnny-come-lately when it comes to the 10th Amendment and our state rights.

And Obamacare clearly violates the 10th Amendment.

Like Governor Bob McDonnell, I agree that Obamacare's first mandate—ordering Virginia to set up insurance exchanges that create thousands more patients but not one more doctor to care for them--is where Virginians will make another historic stand for freedom and individual rights.

I'm sponsoring HJ653,calling on the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General to oppose any federal mandate or usurpation of state authority that is not clearly articulated by the United States Constitution, beginning with Obamacare.

The House of Delegates Rules Committee will be considering this important resolution Tuesday, January 29th at 4:00 PM. Please contact
the members of the rules committee and ask them to support this important resolution.

I'm determined that Virginia will draw the line in the sand to stop Obamacare from being carried out in our state, against our wishes and against our principles.

How about you?

You can read this important legislation here and if you want to be updated on this important legislation as it progresses through the General Assembly , please click here.

Stand with me as I take a stand to protect our Constitution, the supreme law of the land from those on the left who want to take our property,destroy our rights and run our lives. I will not allow this on my watch.