Filed under: Domestic Policy, Health Care, Law, Socialism, The Constitution | Tags: Liberal Disbelief, ObamaCare In Danger, Supreme Court
Perhaps you remember back when the Democrat Congress and Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed ObamaCare, and she was asked where in the Constitution Congress found the power to enact a “individual mandate” to buy insurance. The then Speaker responded with an incredulous “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
The Volokh Conspiracy listed today some of the Pearls of constitutional wisdom from our elected representatives:
Here are a few more pearls of constitutional wisdom from our elected representatives.
Rep. Conyers cited the “Good and Welfare Clause” as the source of Congress’s authority [there is no such clause].
Rep. Stark responded, “the federal government can do most anything in this country.”
Rep. Clyburn replied, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. How about [you] show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this?”
Rep. Hare said “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest [...] It doesn’t matter to me.” When asked, “Where in the Constitution does it give you the authority …?” He replied, “I don’t know.”
Sen. Akaka said he “not aware” of which Constitutional provision authorizes the healthcare bill.
Sen. Leahy added, “We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there’s no authority?”
Sen. Landrieu told a questioner, “I’ll leave that up to the constitutional lawyers on our staff.”
Well, it hasn’t been overturned yet, and may not be, but the possibility hadn’t even occurred to Democrats.
Chris Matthews was incredulous. “No one I know ever said ObamaCare could be overturned” “I never heard it discussed politically— that they could overturn his major achievement.”
For most of the last century, Liberals have preached that the Constitution is a living document that needs to be interpreted and re-interpreted to fit the needs of the times. That interpretation leads them to a vast expansion of government and a large number of new rights that suit the needs of whatever election is current. Activist liberal judges have consistently ignored the constitution and imposed their own ideas, and changed the way we think about government. The very idea that a conservative majority might rule ObamaCare unconstitutional has the editorial writers at the New York Times up in arms: “The Supreme Court faces a central test: whether it will recognize limits on its own authority to overturn well-founded acts of Congress.” They are shocked! Shocked!
The Times— completely missing the irony — believes that if the court overturns ObamaCare, it will be a “willful rejection” of “established constitutional principles that have been upheld for generations.” We can hope.