Hypocritical Arizona Republicans Pass Bills In Defiance Of Federal Laws

President Obama's message to conservativesEver since the Tea Party grabbed control across the country in 2010, there’s been an ongoing, unspoken competition by conservative lawmakers throughout the United States to see who can pass the most extreme, asinine and downright unconstitutional legislation possible. Ranging from bills meant to end access to abortion to bills aiming at non-existent “no-go zones,” there hasn’t been much Tea Party politicians wouldn’t do shy of voting for outright secession from the United States – but perhaps we shouldn’t count that possibility out just yet.

The one thing that most of these lawmakers and the people who voted them in have in common is that they HATE President Obama and believe that he’s an illegitimate president for a number of reasons, mostly based on conspiracy stories cooked up and circulated in conservative circles. In addition to that, they’ve done anything and everything to block laws like the Affordable Care Act or sabotage peace deals such as the one currently in negotiations with Iran.

As Dana Milbank at the Washington Post stated, it is as if Republicans are “operating their own independent republic.” It isn’t just in Washington, either; it’s also at the state level with legislators pretending as if federal laws, the Constitution and executive orders don’t apply to them. In Arizona, Republicans are outright defying the federal government and the Department of Justice with two laws recently passed by the House:

The Arizona House has given initial approval to two bills blocking state funding for federal policies.

House Bill 2368 would block state funding for executive orders and policy directives from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff says he designed the bill to push back against federal overreach using a state constitutional amendment voters approved in November known as Proposition 122.

House Bill 2643 by Rep. Justin Olson of Mesa would stop state and local governments from using financial resources to enforce and implement the Affordable Care Act. The bill would not affect the more than 200,000 Arizonans enrolled in the program. (Source)

If these bills become law, Arizona Republicans might as well take the United States Constitution, light it on fire, and then piss on it while waving both middle fingers at Washington – because that’s basically what they’re doing. What’s even more ridiculous is that about 35% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government, making them the 10th most dependent state when it comes to funding. Yet,¬†Arizona Republicans have the nerve to say they won’t use any state funds to enforce policies that they don’t like, and then pass the laws to prove that they aren’t joking.

Now, I know that whenever the mention of bad behavior by most conservative states below the Mason-Dixon Line comes up, the usual chorus of “just let them secede already” comes up from a lot of liberals who are just as ignorant as conservatives when it comes to how government functions. Yes, I’m looking at all 16,000+ of you who signed that Change.org petition asking the FCC to cancel Fox News’ broadcasting license, even though they’re a cable channel and do not fall under the oversight of the FCC. This also applies to the nearly 48,000 people who signed a MoveOn.org petition demanding Speaker Boehner be removed from Congress and prosecuted, even though there’s no way in hell his own party would ever consider letting that happen. So, to you liberals who talk about letting states secede, that’s not an option and we’ve already fought one war over this subject already, bless your heart.

However, if Arizona or other conservative welfare states want to refuse to uphold federal policies and executive orders, fine. Simply cut off the federal funding that they so desperately depend on, and see how long their little rebellious stunts last. After all, if they know better than the federal government, then they can also do without Washington’s money.


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  • Charles Vincent

    It’s called nullification Manny and its hardly unconstitutional.

    The executive and legislative bodies of each State will be so many sentinels over the persons employed in every department of the national administration.

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #84

    We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist # 85

    Were it admitted, however, that the federal government may feel an equal disposition with the State governments to extend its power beyond the due limits, the latter would still have the advantage in the means of defeating such encroachments. If an act of a particular State, though unfriendly to the national government, be generally popular in that State, and should not too grossly violate the oaths of the State officers, it is executed immediately and, of course, by means on the spot and depending on the State alone.
    The opposition of the federal government, or the interposition of federal officers, would but inflame the zeal of all parties on the side of the State, and the evil could not be prevented or repaired, if at all, without the employment of means which must always be resorted to with reluctance and difficulty. On the other hand, should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand.
    The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter. But ambitious encroachments of the federal government on the authority of the State governments would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only.
    They would be signals of general alarm. Every government would espouse the common cause. A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted. One spirit would animate and conduct the whole. The same combinations, in short, would result from an apprehension of the federal, as was produced by the dread of a foreign, yoke; and unless the projected innovations should be voluntarily renounced, the same appeal to a trial of force would be made in the one case as was made in the other. But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.
    James Madison, Federalist # 46

    • Tmaximus

      Gee…and it was only a short time ago your ilk was yowling “America, love it or leave it.” Amazing how times have changed after our mushroom cloud yellow cake mission accomplished yeehaws exited the the oval office. Curious minds would like to know if flag pinned love of the country & patriotism is only allowed in specified eras.

      • Charles Vincent

        more ad lapidem nonsense from a lying assclown

      • Tmaximus

        So old time history works for you but not the living history you dragged screaming into the global psyche at your ilk’s behest. Fascinating.

      • Charles Vincent

        Ad lapidem nonsense I never stated any such thing. That’s your false assumption assclown.

      • Tmaximus

        Really, sweetie pookie kins….you can speak on the internet like an adult instead of some little boy on the playground throwing dirty words hoping they’ll make your thigh tingle. But, knock yourself out copy pasting tomes to make yourself sound more important than you could ever be in the world. Since the only thing you desire is to hear yourself talk….. and can’t answer simple questions without being self absorbed….have a nice life with your keyboard.

      • Charles Vincent

        More ad lapidem nonsense from the assumption king.

      • Tmaximus

        Having scanned your comments around the net…it is clear you need several years of sessions with a Dominatrix to clear your toxic attitude about whom you think you are. You do have good/valid ideas worth sharing but your delivery undermines your abilities to have them respected even by those who have compatible thoughts.

      • Charles Vincent

        Don’t care what you think nor does your “opinion” matter to me. Speaking of delivery here where yours failed;
        “Gee…and it was only a short time ago your ilk was yowling “America,
        love it or leave it.” Amazing how times have changed after our mushroom
        cloud yellow cake mission accomplished yeehaws exited the the oval
        office. Curious minds would like to know if flag pinned love of the
        country & patriotism is only allowed in specified eras.”

        Specifically this hasty generalization;
        “Gee…and it was only a short time ago your ilk was yowling”

        Moreover I could copy paste the same “get out of America” sentiment spewed from the keyboard of holier than thou liberals/democrats/progressives right here on this lovely site. But your not important enough for me to expend that sort of energy.

        I though you was going to “toddle on off” re your comment ” life with your keyboard.” So why are you still here?

  • Jeff Thomas

    Way to go Arizona! Sounds like our politicians at least at the state level are doing their job. Ever heard of a system using checks and balances? Now if we can only get Texas to secede, and I can guarantee they don’t NEED Federal money!

  • 19mad74

    Obama has been pissing on the Constitution since he got in office. So, why not the state of Arizona. These Liberals are such hypocrites.

  • Adan Starr