GREENVILLE, S.C. | PHOTO CREDIT – JESSE GRASTON | BY JOSHUA COOK | APRIL 25, 2013 |
Today was a historic win for grassroots activists and SC citizens who have been urging the South Carolina House to pass Rep. Bill Chumley’s bill, the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act, H.3101. This bill nullifies aspects of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
Michael Boldin from the 10th Amendment Center said,
“The Supreme Court may have an opinion on the Affordable Care Act. But they’re going to have a hard time enforcing it if the People of the states feel differently. The congratulation goes out to all the hard working people in SC.”
Jesse Graston from the John Birch Society said,
“The passage of H.3101 in the South Carolina House, is proof that when the people stand as one, and make their voices heard, we can win some of the most impossible battles. My most sincere thanks goes to Representative Bill Chumley who bore the brunt of endless ridicule, sleepless nights and never ending phone calls. The principled path is often times a lonely road, and he and very few others made nullifying Obamacare “the issue” in the SC legislature this year. He didn’t have all the money from special interest groups. He didn’t have the media. And he didn’t have many allies at the State House. But the one thing he did have that made all the difference, was what ended up being the winning ingredient. Bill Chumley had “we the people” on his side. He is a hero for the state of South Carolina, and a force to be reckoned with. All of that being said, as much as we need to rejoice in this historic victory, we need to quickly put our armor back on, as the battle will rage on next week. The word is that the Senate thinks it is going to be dead in the water upon arrival there. It’s easy for them to feel so confident in that statement, when they have not yet felt the brunt of all the activism that the House had to endure for the past 3 months. We must be willing to fight for this bill all the way to the Governor’s desk. The only way we win, is by us being willing to be more passionate about defending our liberties, than the other side is about taking them. Let’s get back to work!”
Chris Lawton from the Greenville TeaParty said,
“This kind of victory occurs when the grassroots across the State come together and coalesce. I could not be prouder!”
Many critics thought that Rep. Chumley’s bill would not pass the subcommittee. During a committee hearing on Feb. 6, house members appeared to be swayed by Law Professor Thomas Crocker from USC. Citing case law, Crocker claimed that any state that tries to nullify a federal law would be considered an illegal act of aggression.
However, on March 20th there was a turning point in the debate when Rep. Bill Chumley invited two expert witnesses to speak on the proposed bill, renowned economics professor Walter E. Williams from George Mason University and Constitutional attorney Kent Masterson Brown (see video).
Both speakers swayed members of the committee to accept nullification as a mechanism to invalidate certain aspects of federal laws based on the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.
Walter E. Williams gave philosophical and moral arguments on why he supports a State’s right to nullify unconstitutional laws like Obamacare. He gave examples from the writings of the founding founders explaining the limits of the central government, and cited incidents of states nullifying federal laws such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
What makes the passage of this bill so historic? John C Calhoun, a famous politician from South Carolina, was the pioneer of the nullification movement in 1828.
John C. Calhoun cited the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution as justification for states to invalidate federal laws that encroached on States’ rights. Calhoun wrote The Tariff of Abominations, which protested the Tariff of 1828 because it favored northern manufacturing over southern commerce and agriculture. Obamacare, the largest tax in US history, is just as controversial as the Tariff of 1828 because many Americans feel that it was pushed on them by the Democrats behind closed doors.
Today, South Carolinians are still fighting back against the federal government, and have resurrected the “Calhoun Doctrine” of nullification. Supporters of H.3101 believe it is the first step to nullify Obamacare entirely. If Obamacare is not stopped, it will burden SC with unfunded liabilities, increase taxes and unemployment, hinder economic growth, forge conflicts between doctors and their patients, and encroach on religious freedom.
One thing is certain the grassroots movement is alive and well and is making a real difference in South Carolina.