Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day163 Tuesday 02/08/11

ran 2.6 miles

Tonight was the second Acadiana Patriots meeting of the year. I cannot overstate how informative these meetings are and how organized the Lafayette, Louisiana branch of the Tea Party Patriots is. Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory (District 24) attended and spoke about a project called “The Health Care Compact”. It is a tangible solution to avoiding the destructive health care reform act Barack Obama passed through Congress and then signed into law. “Compacts” have been around for a long time, even longer than our United States Constitution. The Mayflower Compact, for example, obviously distantly preceded any talk of a nation like the United States of America ever even existing. As America had successfully fought and defeated the tyranny of Britain and earned their independence as a nation, free to lead itself, compacts were included in the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 10), as yet another safeguard our forefathers had the foresight to protect citizens with from future forms of tyranny.

A compact is simply a contract between two or more states. The Health Care Compact, as it stands presently, is a potential agreement of more than twenty states, already, which do not believe in Obama’s or Congress’ approach, implementation, or vision of health care for our future. As I type these words, the state of Virginia is already on the verge of being the first state to begin the compact with states like Louisiana, Texas, and others not far behind.

The way this works is, on the state level, if state representatives and senators want to be reelected than they need to see with their own eyes, through letters, emails and phone calls from their constituents exactly how undesirable ObamaCare is to the districts they represent. Through the power of the people, this compact, in each state, makes its way to Congress, and it gets voted on. The best detail of this process, under the United States Constitution, is that it does not have to be signed or approved by Barack Obama. If you ever wanted a realistic chance to put Barack Obama in his place and to show him just how much you disapprove of his legislation, this is the best opportunity you have ever had.

If this compact legally binds it creates a precedent, which will allow any other state to easily become a part of it. There is a lot of momentum nationally and Louisiana wants to be the next state after Virginia to make this compact happen.

The compact is very simple. It allows each participating state to uniquely handle health care the way they want to, under no orders from the federal government. The money spent by the federal government in each state is still given to each individual state but it is spent under the authority of Virginia, or Louisiana, or Texas, or whichever state is a member of the compact.

This is the way America is supposed to be. The federal government was designed with the sole purpose of aiding individual states only when they required need. In what rational mind does it make sense to put a blanket policy of socialized health care, which the government mandates against monetary penalty, over an entire nation the size of America with fifty diverse states? If California, Hawaii, or New York want ObamaCare then they should be able to have it, but not on my Louisiana dime. And if Louisiana has a better solution to its unique position on health care that costs taxpayers across the nation less, then we should be able to do it.

This compact will open a door of precedent into many other issues, too. Imagine something like this applied to immigration, where states can have their own unique laws for their own unique circumstances, such as Arizona currently desires. This compact represents the first time since 1776 that the people could claim their independence and put the federal government back where it belongs. It is nothing less than a revolution and I encourage you to be a part of it.

Acadiana Patriots has useful and concise information and details about all of this on their website.

1,646.7 miles to go.

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