Ghosts of Faubus, Part II: Legislators who'd arrest people who implement Obamacare | Arkansas Blog

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ghosts of Faubus, Part II: Legislators who'd arrest people who implement Obamacare

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I mentioned Saturday a 2014 survey of legislative candidates by the Campaign for Liberty, the Ron Paul-founded organization that takes libertarianism to the outer  limits.

I focused on this question:

Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?

Virtually every candidate who responded to the survey said YES they would support (and many would sponsor) legislation to allow state arrest of federal officials carrying out the Affordable Care Act. That law has been enacted and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. A significant portion of it has been enacted by a supermajority of the Arkansas legislature.

Even Orval Faubus didn't attempt to arrest the federal officials who tried to enforce Brown v. Board of Education in Little Rock, Ark., though he did try the nullification route.

I noted that among those recorded as YES votes on nullification and arrest legislation were three sitting legislators — Sen. Missy Irvin and Reps. Richard Womack and John Payton.  Irvin responded to my question about this. She said she didn't recall the survey. And she disavowed it. She said she did not support arresting people for carrying out Obamacare, though she does oppose the law.

Irvin said she'd get in touch with the Campaign for Liberty. I tried as well. No response.

But the Campaign does these surveys nationwide and this is not the first one. I checked today on the 2012 effort.

In 2012, the group polled state legislative candidates on the same questions. Missy Irvin responded YES in 2012, too. Actually, "YES+," which indicates a willingness to sponsor the legislation. In fact, 34 candidates (virtually all Republicans) responded to the survey in 2012 and 28 of them thought arrest of Obamacare enforcers was a good idea. They included, besides Irvin, Democratic Sen. David Wyatt, Republican Sens. Jon Woods, Jake Files and Bruce Holland, and Republican Reps. Bob Ballinger, Jim Dotson, Randy Alexander, Stephanie Malone, Lori Benedict, Andy Davis and current congressional candidate Bruce Westerman.

What WERE they thinking? Were they thinking at all?

Tags: , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • We have met the enemy: The open line

    The open line with a dose of Trump and other unhappy news.
    • Jul 15, 2018
  • Welcome to the United States, children

    Recommended reading: The New York Times' report on the conditions for the hundreds of children being held in detention since they arrived at U.S. borders seeking asylum. There are many rules and they included no touching of other children, not even a hug for a little brother or sister.
    • Jul 15, 2018
  • Bills arrive for petition campaigns, including term limits

    Filings are expected next week on the campaigns to put a minimum wage increase and casino gambling expansion on the November ballot. One other campaign reported financial information last week
    • Jul 15, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation