This week’s decision striking down Obamacare’s individual mandate as unconstitutional was the result of a lawsuit filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Speaking last week at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club meeting in Washington, Cuccinelli argued both that the mandate is an overreach of federal power and that states like Virginia are right to challenge the law’s constitutionality.

Watch a video of his remarks:

Tuesday’s Morning Bell calls the ruling “another step on the road to repeal.” And be sure to read all Heritage research on the pernicious impact of Obamacare.

Comments (35)

Wayne - December 17, 2010

Tradition is the backbone of America, each and every time we have strayed it has been shown to be the one and only course that stays true to America.

nilo - December 17, 2010

The right to vote should be every American’s weapon of choice that will stop centralized government and return power to the people. It is going to be a long and difficult battle to win our Republic back by lawful means; we have been asleep far too long. Obamacare is merely one battle of many that will need to be waged before this is realized. PRAY FOR GOD’S HAND IN OUR VICTORIES.

Scott Ranney - December 17, 2010

Dear friend, is the court rules against the constitution. The state can nullify the law, the reasonn would be the Kentuck resolution 1798. States have rights. Nullification, what say you??

Alvin Brooks jr - December 17, 2010

I would like to nominate Mr Cuccinelli President

Lee - December 17, 2010

Slowly but surely, middle class Americans will take back our country form the fascists on the Right and the Socialists on the Left. We must purge the Professional Politicians from the halls of Congress and the residing occupant of the White House. If we stay vigilant (and don’t let all the manufactured chaos that will take place between now and the next election divert our attention) we will have the opportunity to accomplish that goal in 2012. Thank you for your contribution.

Gordon Grohman - December 17, 2010

The repeal of OBAMACARE is critical to the success of the conservative movement in the US.

We simply CANNOT AFFORD a federal healthcare sysytem as envisioned by the Progressive party.

Linda Whited - December 17, 2010

This was the best talk I have ever heard about why we need to keep the new Conservatives on board with the Conservative agenda and get some BACKBONE and stand up for us and the CONSTITUTION!! Fight to repeal the Obamacare no matter how long it takes. I am a registered nurse and on Medicare so I am very informed of what could happen with healthcare and it is not GOOD!! Nancy did us wrong and with a smile said we have to pass the bill so you know what is in it!!

Lee - December 17, 2010

I live in Virginia…met Ken & Bob McD during the Govenors race…we have the dream team in Richmond right now….Ken makes me proud to be a Virginian and a Conservative….he does not lack back bone or principles

gary shipman - December 17, 2010

We have reached a time in history when the freedoms of the internet allows the American people to get the truths of which we have been denied.

Emil Villanueva - December 17, 2010

Americans are not going take the unconstitutional Obamacare laying down. The combination of all state must now check this administration from demonizing the United State of America.

Doug Weise - December 17, 2010

Cuccinelli, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Jeb Hensarling: examples of genuine conservatives with the backbone necessary to support our first principles…aka our Constitution. Let’s put more individuals like them into office, the sooner the better.

Johnny - December 17, 2010

we must stop the Fed Gov from becoming a totalitarian dictatorship. right now most states have no rights at all. it appears to be one huge gigantic federal nation with federal government control over most aspects of our lives. we dont need that.

Kevin - December 18, 2010

Ken Cuccinelli is America’s Attorney General!

L.Claudia Hanlonj - December 18, 2010

Education is the key to getting the support of the entire country to support repeal ObamaCare. The points made by Att.Gen. of VA are paramount. I pray more states Att. Gens will follow the lead of VA. I am doing what I can to make info available to family and friends and I encourage others to do the same. Thank God for the Heritage Foundation’s efforts to protect and defend our individual freedoms as in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Lisa Miller - December 18, 2010

Can States order its citizens into a program? Auto insurance is voluntary as driving it not required and is not a right but a priveledge.

I would submit that tyranny on a State level and anti-competitive markets are just as destructive on a State level as a Federal level.

Lisa Miller - December 18, 2010

The rest of the power is reserved to the States OR the individual. I don’t think we can assume that means the State automatically has the right to force citizens to buy a product.

Barb - December 18, 2010

There are too many traditions being forbidden and we can’t allow it. This country was based on faith and freedom. We cannot lose that.

Commissioner Joseph Halfon - December 18, 2010

We live in the greatest Country in the world.. The liberals only agenda is to destroy what our founding fathers saw for our country.. Obama care is not what our Constitution envisioned.. We did well in 2010.. Lets do even better in 2012..G-D Bless America and Give our AGs the knowledge and strength to overthrow Obama Care

Mary Hayes - December 18, 2010

Excellent! This should be required “viewing” for every American. It has been so educational and helpful and I appreciate the Heritage Foundation for presenting it. Ken Cuccinelli Is brilliant and is using his knowledge and understanding to our great country.

Jim Rashid - December 18, 2010

I just finished watching this. Ken is someone I would support hands down to represent myself, my Family, and my Country. He is the epitome and the embodiment of true conservatism, and a Constitutionally LIMITED Republic. The people of Virginia are very fortunate to have him. I can only hope that ALL our leaders in government have in their minds and in their hearts, the one thing that they promised to do when taking office; To uphold the Constitution of the United States”…

E. R. “Bob” Eastin - December 18, 2010

“Wayne” (December 17, 2010) said it best, as I see it, and won’t write more…when he has said it best: “Tradition is the backbone of America. Each and every time we have strayed, it (tradition) has been shown to be the one and only course that stays true to America.”

Buck - December 18, 2010

What a clear and powerful presentation of our Founding Fathers vision for this Republic. I applaud Ken Cuccinelli for his clarity and passion for returning this Nation to what has sustained it since it’s founding over 200 years ago.

Bob Ponte - December 18, 2010

Virginia AG K. Cuccinelli addressed many of our nations problems (some solutions also) I agree with him without exception. Great insight Thanks

Konastephen - December 18, 2010

Great address. Thank you, Ken and Heritage for fostering debate in this direction. I hope people share this liberally on all social media. (hint, hint)

The only thoughts I found lacking (perhaps beyond the scope) were an analysis of the mixed roots of American Federalism – on the one hand a clear Theism as articulated by men like Washington or Adams, and on the other a more secularist Deism as articulated by men like Jefferson or Franklin.

Let me suggest that without addressing that unfortunate and deadly duality effectively, compassionately, attractively even, we may never succeed at not only defending Federalism but elucidating our “First Principles” today in any way that will improve and preserve them for application in our times and beyond. Let me also be one of the first in this type of forum to throw down the gauntlet and say that it is the Deistic tradition that opened the door for the creeping assault on American Federalism that is raging unabashedly today.

Our history and our current straits prove that without a broad social consensus, without a mandate, as Ken puts it, Federalism cannot survive. The consensus that we need is not mere Randian pragmatism. It is the one Russell Kirk describes as the first canon of conservative thought in his book The Conservative Mind: “Belief that a divine intent rules society as well as conscience, forging an eternal chain of right and duty which links great and obscure, living and dead.”

Kirk goes on to explain: “Political problems, at bottom, are religious and moral problems. A narrow rationality, …cannot of itself satisfy human needs.” By narrow rationality, Kirk is referring to that Deistic element in the roots of federalism. In other words, Kirk is saying, and I agree, that a strictly anthropocentric approach, one founded on Collective Man’s best approximation of the Divine, can never be sufficiently immutable so as to translate reliably from generation to generation in a way that prevents the slide into tyranny that Ken and others are attempting to stave off today.

Konastephen - December 18, 2010

Note: I believe that the book on Patrick Henry that Ken mentions is A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic by Henry Mayer (not Robert).

Mary Banks - December 19, 2010

It was a joy to listen to Mr. Cuccinelli. He is indeed a patriot. Thank God for men like him who protect our country.

Jill–Calif, unfortunately - December 19, 2010

We all know that the federal gov’t is the biggest gang of criminals in the US. This country does not have freedom for its natural citizens—-the new motto is ‘freeforall’ and the only way to get what you want and ONLY what you want is to leave and come back as an noncitizen/illegal.

Charles Kleeberg - December 20, 2010

Talk about waking a sleeping giant, maybe Cuccinelli & the judge did just that. The American people are the giant.

Fred Balke - December 20, 2010

Excellent speech. His sincerity is obvious. But we lack a specific plan. We must revert back to the Preamble of the Constitution for the things that must be financed. A limit must be set on how much congress can spend, like no more than we took in the year before. No group or organization or individule should receive any money from the treasury for bailouts, subsides or grants. There isn’t time or space here for the complete outline. Please go to my web site for a policy paper I have written. Thanks…

Susie Bell - December 30, 2010

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a true hero….Virgina, you are lucky to have him!

Al Moran - January 3, 2011

True conservative Americans that continually educate themselves and stay engaged are the key to keeping America in the lead to preserving our liberty and freedoms!!!!

Billy Donahue - January 3, 2011

Here is a man who can speak off the cuff,about such a wide array of topics…Where’s the teleprompter??? I love you Ken Cuccinelli, “May God Bless”

Steve - January 3, 2011

As a Virginian, I am so glad I voted for Ken!
He “Defines” what Our Founding Fathers wanted in a leader “For The People”. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Atty. General Cuccinelli!
The Constitution is “The Users Manual” for the United States! follow it & this Country can return to the Principals we were founded on!

fred eastland - January 3, 2011

your something else feller. why are you not in DC?

Terrence James - January 7, 2011

I am so glad that we, Americans, have someone like Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that have the intellect and desire to fight the necessary battles that we face from within.

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