Friday, April 02, 2010

"I don't worry about the Constitution"

Democrat Phil Hare, Representative from Illinois, recently responded to someone who asked him, what in the Constitution gives Congress the authority to mandate universal health care by saying, "I don't worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest."

To be fair, Rep. Hare said he was more concerned about the lives of people who don't have health care. This sounds very noble, but it is incredibly short sighted.

Governments can always come up with good reasons (or excuses or ruses) to increase taxes, increase regulation and take away personal freedom. The Constitution is the only thing we have that puts a check on government power. Without the Constitution there are no breaks on government slide into tyranny.

The American people should be absolutely shocked and outraged about any government official, plan, program, or bill which ignores the Constitution. This is true whether we are talking about Republicans and certain unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act, or Democrats and their massive government takeovers.

If Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, don't start caring a lot about the Constitution, America will be lost.

Today, there should be about 10,000 angry constituents of Congressman Hare outside his office demanding his resignation or seeking his impeachment for violation of oath of office.

Unfortunately, I fear the worst for our country. I don't think most Americans even understand what is at stake. If the government is going to give them benefits, they don't care if it violates the Constitution and they either don't know, don't understand or don't care about the consequences.

I hope I'm wrong.


Kevin said...

This is illustrative. If I choose to break the law there are consequences. If Representative Hale chooses to violate The Constitution, the law that grants the power to the US Government to establish and enforce other laws that I'm held accountable to, he has no consequences. He has no incentive to actually pay any attention to The Constitution.

There should be significant penalties for congresspeople who submit and support unconstitutional laws.

professor ed said...

I totally agree Kevin. Especially when you combine this view of the Constitution with a Supreme Court Justice (Ginsburg) who publicly states that she sees nothing wrong with consulting Foreign and International Law when making decisions on US cases. A Congressman, a Supreme Court Justice each ignoring, or going beyond this country's chief legal foundational document. Sounds like trouble down the road to me