(video originally posted here 10/29/09 - more on this below)
Topeka — As President Barack Obama signed into law health care reform, the Kansas House rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that was aimed at blocking the federal legislation.
The measure received a 75-47 majority Tuesday but fell short of the two-thirds majority — 84 votes — necessary in the 125-member House to put a constitutional amendment before voters.
The reforms “will take us down the path of socialism,” said Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita.
But Democrats criticized the proposed state constitutional amendment, saying that federal health reform will be decided on U.S. constitutional issues regardless of what states approve. They also argued that the state amendment would constrain the Legislature from making health insurance changes sought by consumers. Read on...
This is great news for the residents of Kansas, but could spell trouble for the Representatives who voted against it. I think it would be wise for each member of the Kansas House who voted against this amendment to ask for increased security both at work and at home. I don't suggest this just because Democrats are being targeted by right wing extremists nationwide, but because it appears at least one Kansas militia nut has been following this issue very closely. After further research of the above video I posted last year, it seems the man who gave the interview and posted it - gunnyranger2 - is a well-armed militia member who isn't shy about speaking his mind on YouTube and showing off his arsenal. (parts of video are NSFW)