Ernst Wants to Arrest Federal Officials for Implementing ACA

Joni Ernst, a state senator from Iowa now running for the U.S. Senate as — of course — a Republican, thinks that states should pass laws to nullify the Affordable Care Act and then arrest any federal government employee or official that tries to implement that law within their states.

State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, once said she would support legislation that would allow “local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement” Obamacare.

Ernst voiced her support for that, as well as supporting legislation that would “nullify” Obamacare in a Iowa State Legislative Candidates survey for Ron Paul’s libertarian-aligned Campaign for Liberty in 2012. It can be viewed here.

The question was: “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?” Ernst answered that question as “yes.”

This is Tea Party ideology gone completely berserk. But she’s actually the front runner right now in that campaign and may well be in the Senate, where she will rival Ted Cruz for the most extreme Republican in the chamber.

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  • vilstef

    As an iowan I’m really embarrassed that she may end up in the Senate, thogoughly not representing me in any way.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, whether Medicaid or its expansion or Obamacare, we have to do everything we can to prevent the poor and working poor from obtaining healthcare, for some reason.

  • Mr Ed

    Modusoperandi – it is all about freedom.

    How can one know light without knowing dark. To be free one must oppress or something like that.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Since they’ll vote as a bloc regardless, might as well get the truly unhinged out there to show what their Party stands for.

  • Chiroptera

    Nullification? Wow, is it the 1830s? I need to check a calendar.

  • Moon Jaguar

    Oh FFS. Since SCOTUS already ruled on the legality of the ACA wouldn’t such a state law just be empty hand-waving accompanied by a collosal waste of time and money?

  • dingojack

    Moon Jaguar – one word: Teabagger. “Colossal waste of time and money” is redundancy, almost by definition.

    Dingo

  • eric

    @2 – yeah, but she’s going about it the wrong way. She wants to arrest federal officers in charge of ACA enforcement. Clearly what needs to be done here is that she should arrest any poor person who wants to purchase heath care outside of their employer, for the crime of trying to improve their lot in life without the express permission and consent of their corporate owner.

  • steve84

    Another scary thing is that she is also a military officer commanding a battalion. That alone should disqualify her from also being a politician, but it’s terrifying how many high-ranking military officers are also complete lunatics.

  • dingojack

    Steve84 – As a further case in point see that fine documentary Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

    😀 Dingo

  • raven

    Ernst is a physics demonstration.

    Nature abhors a vacuum.

    Now that Michele Bachmann is “retiring”, someone else is rushing to fill the vacuum of Fundie Xianity Induced Cognitive Impairment Poster Person.

    Oddly enough, Michele Bachmann is actually from…Iowa. Iowa has some explaining to do here.

  • John Pieret

    Moon Jaguar @ 6:

    Since SCOTUS already ruled on the legality of the ACA wouldn’t such a state law just be empty hand-waving accompanied by a collosal waste of time and money?

    Yes. Article Six, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

    They will claim that the ACA is unconstitutional and, therefore, is not the supreme law of the land. However, SCOTUS has held that only it is empowered to decide what Federal laws are constitutional, not the states. Since SCOTUS has already found the ACA to be constitutional, the whole thing is a non-starter. Of course, she is just throwing red meat to the teabaggers and may realize that this ploy is a sham.

    If they try to arrest Federal officers in the course of their duty, Federal marshals and/or FBI and/or the National Guard would quickly show up.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I’m always amused by how “Constitutional Conservatives”, some of whom like Ron Paul carry around a small copy at all times in order to show that they are more American than you, have apparently never read or understood the Supremacy Clause. It’s one part of the Constitution that is not the least bit ambiguous or a matter of any legitimate controversy.

  • grumpyoldfart

    She knows her constituency:

    The TPM Polltracker average gives Ernst a 4.7 point lead over Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joni-ernst-obamacare-arrest-law-enforcement

  • Artor

    Much like the Bible-thumpers who are cock-sure their book says whatever they think it says, but have never actually read it through, Teabaggers think that the Constitution was written by and for Teabaggers like themselves, despite lacking the reading comprehension to understand it, even as far as the Bill of Rights, let alone the 14th Amendment.

  • raven

    If you translate Ernst from Teabagger to English, she:

    Wants to start a civil war with the USA to keep a few poor people from getting health insurance.

    Oddly enough, this is going over quite well in Iowa. It must be a xian thing.

  • eric

    If they try to arrest Federal officers in the course of their duty, Federal marshals and/or FBI and/or the National Guard would quickly show up.Z

    its an utterly ridiculous scenario. ACA is enforced through your federal taxes. No “federal officer” is going to visit in person, at least not in the near term. If some Iowan doen’t get health insurance, the penalty will show up on their taxes, which they must then not pay (if they want to avoid ACA). They’ll then probably exchange a series of nastygrams with the IRS for a couple of years. Eventually they might get a court summons for tax evasion or an officer might show up at their door, but if that happens, AFAIK it’ll be some local officer, not the FBI. By that time, this woman would probably have failed her reelection bid.

    Plus, in cases where you expect money back and the IRS says you owe the ACA penalty, they’ll just adjust your check by the penalty amount. What’s she going to do, send Ohio police to 1111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC to issue arrest warrants?

  • D. C. Sessions

    If they try to arrest Federal officers in the course of their duty, Federal marshals and/or FBI and/or the National Guard would quickly show up.

    You mean like at that ranch in Nevada, where people were threatening Federal official with firearms?

  • busterggi

    I think conservative minds are just too tiny to understand large concepts like federal government – it stretches beyond what they conceive of as their ‘tribe’.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “You mean like at that ranch in Nevada, where people were threatening Federal official with firearms?”

    To be fair, they were mostly pointing guns at shadows, bogeymen, and the voices in their heads, all of which fall under state juristiction.

  • John Pieret

    eric @ 17:

    I’m sure there are some IRS agents and Medicaid officials in Iowa. Since it is a lunatic idea in the first place, we can’t expect them to pick their targets rationally either.

    D. C. Sessions @ 18:

    In that case they decided not to push some gun nuts into a shooting spree over collecting some scrawny cattle. If these nuts actually could get such a law passed and convince some local sheriff or other law enforcement agency to actually arrest Federal officials, I don’t think the Feds would stand by.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    John Pieret “If these nuts actually could get such a law passed and convince some local sheriff or other law enforcement agency to actually arrest Federal officials, I don’t think the Feds would stand by.”

    AH HAH SO YOU OBAMABOTS ADMIT THAT BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS A DIVISIVE EXTREMIST WHO REFUSES TO COMPROMISE!!!

  • bushrat

    “Ernst Wants to Arrest Federal Officials for Implementing ACA”

    I want Tea Party politicians and other Rethuglican officials to be exiled to Pitcairn Island, but I think we’ll both be disappointed.

  • Al Dente

    bushrat @23

    What have the Pitcairn Islanders ever done to you that you want that cruel a revenge on them?

  • D. C. Sessions

    I want Tea Party politicians and other Rethuglican officials to be exiled to Pitcairn Island

    For a reasonable sum they can probably have one of the Maldives for themselves and their descendents. As long as they don’t leave.

  • whheydt

    Re: bushrat @ #23….

    Surtsey would be a better choice.

  • Donnie

    @Eric (#17)

    Doxxer! You just doxxed the IRS to the Iowian Teabagger elect hopeful.

  • dingojack

    Better yet — Gough Island

    Dingo

    ———

  • lorn

    This is one of the best interpretations of the Teaparty and conservatives I’ve read in quite some time:

    http://weeklysift.com/2014/08/11/not-a-tea-party-a-confederate-party/

  • anubisprime

    When you want the vote of completely retarded dingbats…tis best policy to stink like a completely retarded dingbat…tis hiding in plain sight!

    Vomiting fatuous statements, posing in arbitrary righteousness, divested and devoid of a scrap of intelligent discourse, appealing publicly to some vague supernatural delusional entity, pretend deep wisdom and dispense utter codswollop…complain about some spurious teh ghey agenda, blame secular government, curse Obama ostensibly for being a Democrat… but in reality for being black, squeal about xtian privilege of bitter bigotry being snatched from their claw-like grip, blame activist judges infested with demons, ratchet up hate and paranoia on the poor and ethnic population, rinse and repeat…

    tis the rethug way these days, this is their election game plan, and it is working like a dream so what could possibly go wrong?!

  • D. C. Sessions

    Sorry, Dingo, but those islands are high ground and wildlife preserves. Not cool to pollute them with a nasty invasive species.

    I stand by my sugestion of giving them some nice Pacific beachfront property — as long as they never leave it.

  • busterggi

    Since we seem to agree we shouldn’t waste a good island on these folks may I suggest Rockall? Just Google Earth it.

  • Nick Gotts

    busterggi@32,

    As somone said, the British Empire now consists of Gibralter, the Falklands, Bermuda, Ascension, a few Caribbean and Pacific specks… and sweet Rockall!

  • dingojack

    As I understand it, many of the Tristan de Cuhna Islands are wildlife reserves. Gough Island isn’t one of them. Apart from rabbits, rats and other vermin already infesting the island, humans have a permanent presence.

    The Tristan de Cuhanas are the most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth. Because you wouldn’t want losers like that near anyone (or thing) else would you? And I don’t recall mentioning anything about food, shelter, water and etc. being provided. I’d give them a couple of months, tops.

    Dingo

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Surtsey would be a better choice.”

    I’m thinking Bikini Atoll.

  • thebookofdave

    I’m thinking Bikini Atoll.

    Good choice. I was thinking someplace more like Vanuatu or Tuvalu (after the current population emigrates to higher ground). Either should provide them a good vantage to point and laugh at the rest of us sheeple for buying into all that AGW paranoia. I could live with that, as long as they were given a one-way ticket.