Atty General Cuccinelli
This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty.
This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.
This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines – a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn’t have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain. Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.
I am disappointed with the court’s ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.
Stay tuned – I will be providing more analysis on this in the coming hours, as well as next steps.
The Good Delegate Scott Lingamfelter
– Says Remember the Three “R’s”: Romney, Repeal, and Replace —
Richmond, VA- Today, Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2013, issued this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Our top priority right now is to elect Mitt Romney to the White House and to take back the majority in the United States Senate by electing George Allen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is only then that we will be able to repeal and replace this unprecedented expansion of government power with constitutional reforms based on freedom and free enterprise.”
State Senator Mark Obenshain
We always knew it was going to be close — but I was really hoping it would go the other way.
You and I both know that the individual mandate is an unwarranted encroachment upon our liberties. The Obama administration tried to justify this overreach under the Commerce Clause, in an argument which turns the Commerce Clause upside down. If the federal government can require you to purchase something against your will, what can’t it do?
It tentatively appears that the Court instead concluded that the mandate was a tax, despite the Obama administration’s insistence that it wasn’t, and their attempt to draft the bill to avoid it being one. It was a mandate — until being a mandate become too problematic.
It will take a while to parse the entire opinion, but I know you’re as disappointed as I am with this outcome, and concerned about where it could lead. The question remains: what can’t the federal government make us do, whether under commerce or tax authority?
Unfortunately, today was not our day. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. But we won’t take this lying down. Other challenges are pending to other aspects of the law, and a vigorous defense of limits on federal power is more pertinent than ever.
Our next Attorney General could see today’s outcome as a reason to step back, to shy away from cases involving the rights and liberties of Virginians. If that’s what you want in the next Attorney General, I’m not your candidate.
But there’s an alternative. We can turn this day into a rallying cry; we can draw a line in the sand and vow to fight against federal overreach and encroachments on our liberties. And our next Attorney General can help lead that fight, taking the battle to the federal government when it oversteps its bounds.
If that’s what you want in your next Attorney General, I’m your candidate.