Ballot Initiatives Move States’ Rights Movement Forward
November 8, 2012
Several states challenged the unconstitutional meddling of the federal government on Tuesday.
Despite a SCOTUS ruling upholding Obamacare earlier this year, voters in Alabama, Missouri, Montana, and Wyoming passed measures nullifying the insurance mandate of the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
While establishment pundits dismiss the ballot initiatives as mere political theater, the popularity of the proposals reveal that states’ rights and nullification are alive and well.
In addition to rejection of the Obamacare mandate, voters in two states overturned archaic marijuana laws. Washington state and Colorado passed ballot measures legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency have not yet responded to the decriminalization of pot in the two states, but establishment politicians are lining up in opposition.
‘‘Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly,’’ said Colorado’s Democrat governor, John Hickenlooper.