On Saturday December 8, 2013 the North Carolina Republican Executive Committee passed two resolutions. One of the resolutions was to call upon the NC legislature and Governor-elect Pat McCrory to send back all Federal money for the Obamacare Exchanges, and, in effect, work towards Nullification of its tyrannical power grab. The second was a call to the Republican National Committee to undo the effects of the RNC’s Rule 12, which was the “Alinsky” style scripted vote during the Convention that would allow President of the United States candidates to pick delegates. This effectively shows support fro the Minority Reports in Tampa.
With regard to the resolution for returning Federal money and working towards nullification, the passed resolution reads as follows:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE RETURN OF FEDERAL MONIES INTENDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATE/FEDERAL HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE IN NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS Governor BEV PERDUE recently accepted $73.5 million in federal money for the express purpose of establishing a hybrid state/federal healthcare exchange in North Carolina, and
WHEREAS the TENTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION prohibits the Federal Government from assuming any powers not specifically delegated to it by the US CONSTITUTION, and
WHEREAS the NINTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION guarantees to the People rights not enumerated in the US CONSTITUTION and reserves to the People of North Carolina those rights, and
WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court has ruled in NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS v. SEBELIUS, 567 S. CT. 11-393 (2012), that “the legitimacy of Congress’s exercise of the spending power…rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the contract,” and
WHEREAS Republican governors such as RICK PERRY, SCOTT WALKER, PAUL LEPAGE, AND NIKKI HALEY have publicly refused to establish state-run healthcare exchanges in their states, and
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that we, the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, urge Governor-elect Pat McCrory, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger to immediately signal their intent to return the $73.5 million in federal monies intended for use in setting up an ObamaCare Exchange, and state further that no other cooperation in establishing such an exchange will be forthcoming from any part of North Carolina’s state government.
There remains three steps in this process following the resolution.
Step number one is that Governor-elect Pat McCrory, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger must immediately signal their intent to return the $73.5 million in federal monies intended for use in setting up an ObamaCare Exchange, and state further that no other cooperation in establishing such an exchange will be forthcoming from any part of North Carolina’s state government.
Step two is that NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger must bring to the floor of their respective chambers a bill to Nullify Obamacare in North Carolina and get it passed.
Finally, step three is that Governor Pat McCrory must sign the bill and send a copy to Washington, DC explaining we don’t need a unconstitutional “law” forcing a one-size-fits-all healthcare system on the sovereign State of North Carolina.
I’m hopeful things will go in the right direction, but having watched Pat McCrory as mayor of Charlotte, I don’t think he’ll want to give up nearly $74 million quite so fast. We’ll hold out hope though.
As for the resolution regarding Rule 12, well that is a horse of a different color. This will require action on the part of the national Republican Party establishment. At this point, from what I’ve seen following the election, I’m not sure they have learned their lesson yet and many are still crying they need to move further left, when the opposite is true. However, there is not doubt that both resolutions are considered a Tea Party victory in the Old North State!
With that said, At Large Member Phil Routszong told FreedomOutpost that there was no quorum called at the meeting and that the meeting began with a vote on the budget, which passed easily, even though there was more spending in it for 2013 than there was in 2012. Once that vote took place, several of the members got up and left as the resolutions, which are non-binding, passed quickly, leaving Routszong and others to wonder if they had been hoodwinked in missing the budget, sort of “under the radar,” while being focused on making the statement concerning Obamacare and nullification, along with condemning the effects of RNC Rule 12.
Routszong said that it was even more amazing to listen as former North Carolina Congressman and current chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party Robing Hayes took to openly opposing Rule 12 at the meeting, while just a few months back he was one of those in opposition to people like Morton Blackwell who attempted to oppose it before the vote.
The budget part is in part a setback, but definitely a lesson learned. Routszong has plans to try to gain a position as District Chair in the future and says he has learned a lot from this past election cycle that he can use to better defend the cause of liberty and fiscal responsibility in the future.
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