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Constitution edited

It is difficult these days for someone who loves the Constitution and who also wants to get along with people. I don’t like interjecting politics into otherwise pleasant conversation, but my concern for the direction this country is headed often gets the best of me. It is tough to see the current administration and Congress act in ways so far removed from constitutional principles.¬†They no longer even feel any compunction to pretend there is specific constitutional authority for what they do. We must begin to wonder if they have ever read the Constitution of the United States and understand that it puts restraints on their legislative activity.

Mark Alexander sites some specific recent examples of particularly egregious abuses of the Constitution and the unmitigated hubris of congressmen¬†when asked for justification for their behavior (http://patriotpost.us/edition/2009/10/23/digest/). The issue in question is Congress’s proposed mandate to force Americans to buy health insurance as part of “health care reform.” Never before has the federal government mandated that free citizens of this great republic be forced to buy any good or service. Asked about the constitutional basis for this obviously unconstitutional provision, Patrick Leahy and Nancy Pelosi were aghast. How could anyone question their authority to do whatever they seem best for the American people?

Here is part of the exchange with Leahy:

CNSNews.com: Where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?

Leahy: We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there is no authority?

CNSNews.com: I’m asking-

Leahy: Why would you say there is no authority? I mean, there’s no question there’s authority, nobody questions that.

Unfortunately he is partly right. He is right about the part that nobody seems to question the constitutional authority for most of what Congress does.

Pressed a bit further, Leahy offered this justification: “Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway? The federal government does that on federal highways.” As Alexander wrote in the Patriot Post, “So to get this straight, Leahy defended Congress’ unconstitutional attempt to take over one sixth of the U.S. economy by citing another unconstitutional law that was justly repealed 14 years ago.”

Pelosi was even worse, offering no justification. Here is her response: “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Then she took a different question. An aid later said that was not even a serious question. I don’t know, it seems like a pretty good question to me. After all, the Constitution is austensibly still the law of the land.

Space and time does not allow me to address the Obama administration’s dismissive, no contemptable attitude toward constitutional limits of his power. More proof surfaces each day. We have 30 some unelected, unvetted, unconfirmed “Czars” who have unlimited authority over various areas of your life and mine, who answer only to Obama. Many with bizarre world views, including expressing sympathy for Mao and NAMBLA (Noth American Man/Boy Love Association) a pedafile group.

The word “czar” is a derivative of the word Caesar. Caesar, of course did away with the Roman Republic. It thereafter became the Roman Empire. The new Caesar stands ready to cross the Rubicon when the time is right. That time may come too soon.