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Jack McHugh's fantasy world

by: Eric B.

Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 11:07:03 AM EDT

We fought a war once, you know, to settle the question of whether the land would be ruled by a single, centralized authority or whether rule would be carried out by some new form of government based on self-determination. Ultimately, it was the single, centralized authority that won out.

The route there, however, is a bit more complicated than that. After we booted King George and his redcoats from what today is the United States of America, the people who won actually tried decentralized government based on strong individual states and a weak, nearly powerless federal government. It probably fell apart and so created the first crisis in American government. Along came me like Alexander Hamilton, today a saint of the Right, who argued that what the United States needed was a strong, centralized government. Hamilton himself wanted a new monarch, so entranced with the idea of executive power was he. The document he wrote to support, under a pen name, ultimately became known as the Constitution of the United States.

We would fight yet another war less than a century later to finally settle the question of whether the United States would be governed by a strong, centralized government in Washington D.C. or a collection of weak governments seated in state capitals.

Today, we have Jack McHugh at Michigan CapCon, where you go if you positively, absolutely want only a part of the story.

The Missouri state House voted Thursday to “nullify” Obamacare, making it illegal for federal or state officials to even attempt to enforce the law. This is by far the most rigorous expression of resistance by any state legislative body to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The vote moves the bill to the Missouri Senate, where its prospects are not known at this time.


Among other provisions the bill states, “The general assembly declares that (PPACA) … exceeds the power granted to Congress under the United States Constitution and therefore is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.”

This harkens back to such great legislative feats in the state of Michigan as when Sen. Rick Jones shoehorned language into his anti-bully bill to ratify the First Amendment as having supremacy over a state law, and when Tom McMillin tried to create a singular, statewide market for light bulbs so that manufacturers could defy federal efficiency standards (standards sought by manufacturers, it has to be noted once again).  The First Amendment needs not the ratification of the Michigan state Legislature, because it is part of the supreme law of the land, which happens to be the U.S. Constitution. Similarly, when we have Constitutional questions, we settle in federal court, not in state lawmaking bodies. In other words, no one with even a passing familiarity with how the legal system and American government functions believes that a bill passed in Missouri carries the slightest bit of legal weight. Does Jack McHugh? Who knows, but he's written an entire blog post alluding to his support for such a thing. Again, you take the historical and legal interpretations from these people seriously as your own peril.

Another example:

Last fall, the Michigan state Senate voted 25-12 to implement Obamacare by creating a state “exchange,” with 13 Republicans joining all Democrats in favor.  ...

That's because it's not the implementation of "Obamacare," but a consumer-driven, market-based health care exchange promoted by this state's governor. To Jack McHugh, of the free-market, consumer-oriented Mackinac Center, it's an act of federalist tyranny.

And, the final indictment:

The Missouri vote took place on April 19, the 237th anniversary of the 1775 “shot heard round the world" starting the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord.

A war that was started for a lot of reasons but most directly for these people the idea of taxation without representation. The problem is that Obamacare was not an act of taxation without representation. People opposed to it were very well represented. In fact, the health care exchange and individual mandate were included in the final bill because they insisted that they be there (they then voted against both, en masse). They just happened to come up on the short end of the vote tally, which to normal persons isn't an example of not being represented but a case where you simply lost.

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I cannot imagine why Missouri Republicans are trying to pick a fight with the Supreme Court, especially one that they will inevitably lose, barring, of course, the possibility that the Supreme Court throws out Obamacare in its entirety.

Because they're idiots
That's the only rational explanation possible. They're entirely ignorant of American history, American law, and American government; and are so damned stupid that they have no idea how ignorant.

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