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Think Progress has two stories from red state legislatures in Indiana and Montana that illustrate what conservatives really mean when they talk incessantly about small, limited government.
The Scriptures of St. Ronaldus, Book 3, Verse 4 tells us...."verily, verily I say unto you, gub'mint IS the problem." The word 'IS' is emphatic in the original ancient text.
Well...let's see how that small and limited government thingy is working out for conservatives and Republicans in a couple of red states since the Obama re-election.
Call them the trans-vaginalists if you'd like, but in Indiana, Republican state lawmakers are working hard to make Indiana's state government, you know, less intrusive into the lives of Hoosiers. Indiana conservatives are rock-ribbed, less-of-it-is-better, Reaganites......gotta' be.....because nothing describes smaller, less intrusive government better than state legislatures wedging themselves in between Indiana females and their doctors.
The Indiana state Senate on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound procedure both before and after having a medication-induced abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Intrusive, big government is so offensive to conservative Republicans in Indiana....so abhorred....that GOP legislators there, acting as medical experts without going through medical school, have decided that any female requesting the RU-486 pill....the abortion pill....should be required by small, small government law....to go through not one...but two entirely unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds.
Now that's less-intrusive government you can believe in, huh? Oh...and reports of a cease fire in the GOP War on Women...have been wildly exaggerated,
The Abortion Pill, RU486, is a three step process: 1) The first pill is taken in the medical office. 2) The second pills are taken at home, 24-72 hours later. 3) A follow up visit is scheduled to make sure the process was successful.
The Indiana GOP measure is meant to obstruct the legal choice by Indiana women seeking RU-486.....nullify the legal right of women to obtain an abortion by encumbering access to RU-486 with nonsensical, and more importantly, not-medically-necessary, procedures.
There's your limited government conservatives for ya'. These Indiana patriots are only in favor of BIG, INTRUSIVE gub'mint when it can help nullify the effect of laws their faith-based constituents don't like. Conservatives think it is perfectly acceptable for gub'mint to loom large and interfere in the most private of all decisions a female could make......because their constituents want to nullify a woman's right to choose.
The same is true in yesterday's story out of Montana.....
The “Sheriffs First” bill would require federal agents to seek county sheriffs’ permission before enforcing any federal law, and empowers those sheriffs to arrest federal agents who don’t comply for kidnapping.
Re-read that last sentence to savor the rich WTF nougatty-goodness. State and local cops are going to put FBI agents who come to their state in handcuffs....yeah that's gonna' happen. Ask George Wallace how all that nullification dare-deviling worked out for him.
Despite the fact that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives federal law priority over state law, Montana Republicans are not willing to accept it.....
In a response, Marbut (bill author) cautions the attorney who authored the memo to “be careful about any claim that LC 1040 is unconstitutional,” making the remarkable argument that the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause is entirely void because it conflicts with the subsequently passed Tenth Amendment.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Gun rights are delegated by the Constitution. A federal right. A national right. A national law. Therefore, states have no authority to circumvent, or trump, that federal law.
That leaves us with nullification. Montana legislators are reacting pre-emptively to a yet-to-be-passed federal gun regulations bill. Pre-emptive nullification.
Nullification.....a Civil War era stance by rebel states.....is illegal today. 600,000 citizens had to die first before the notion of nullifying federal law could be marginalized for the threat that it has always been.
However, according to the pile of red state nullification efforts just since Obama's re-election......I wonder if small, less intrusive federal gub'mint proponents of the GOP variety.....think the Civil War actually ended.
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