Yes, Nancy Pelosi. We are “Serious” About Stopping You From Shredding the Constitution

I will simply repeat what I said in my previous post from today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Unable to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance, when Sen. Patrick “Leaky” Leahy (D-Vt.) was unable to answer the same question:

Where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?

So, are we serious?  Yes, Ms. Pelosi.  We are deadly serious.  We are not about to let you steal our freedom and shove your totalitarian crap down our throats.  Oh, by the way.  YOU’RE FIRED!

Here’s the text from Pelosi’s web site where she attempts to justify their constitutional power to do what they are doing.Pelosi Commerce Clause Justification

The idiots who don’t care enough to read their constitution or question the politicians might fall for her crap, but most of you reading this know better.

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What our power-hungry pole-iticians are hanging their hats on with this healthcare mandate, as I’ve been able to deduce thus far, are the “General Welfare” clause and Commerce Clause from Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.  They read as follows:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

Liberals and power-hungry dictator/ruling class wannabe’s (Obama and the leadership of the house and senate) interpret “provide for the… general Welfare…” to mean “welfare” in the modern sense of the word, which is to say redistribution of wealth, taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots.  As usual, they are wrong.  Welfare in the constitutional sense means “health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being,”  not public assistance as it is being interpreted.  It is one heck of a stretch to interpret the General Welfare clause as meaning the government must provide “free” healthcare.  Even if you could interpret the clause to mean the government had to provide it, which violates the intent of the clause, you CAN NOT interpret in any way that they can mandate that you purchase it.

Here is a good primer on the General Welfare clause, and how it has been twisted and taken advantage of over the years. http://constitutionalawareness.org/genwelf.html

Now, looking at the Commerce Clause, there is no authority given to MANDATE that private citizens purchase ANYTHING.  Mandating that we purchase the government insurance, and then either fining or imprisoning us if we don’t is what’s known as a Bill of Attainder (In the context of the Constitution, a Bill of Attainder is meant to mean a bill that has a negative effect on a single person or group (for example, a fine or term of imprisonment).) which is specifically forbidden to Congress under Article 1, Section 9 (Limits of Congress).  That reads:

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

Obama and the liberals are trying to circumvent the constitution and grab power before we can figure out what they are doing.  We must not allow this to happen.

Stay on the phones to congress, the senate, and the White House to express your outrage at their attempted destruction of the constitution.  Let them know that you will join any effort to remove them from office if they continue this course of action.

THEY MUST ANSWER TO THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEIR CONTRACT SAYS THEY WORK FOR US!

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CNSNews.com

When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: ‘Are You Serious?’

Friday, October 23, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

(CNSNews.com) – When CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance–a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill–Pelosi dismissed the question by saying: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Pelosi’s press secretary later responded to written follow-up questions from CNSNews.com by emailing CNSNews.com a press release on the “Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform,” that argues that Congress derives the authority to mandate that people purchase health insurance from its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce.

The exchange with Speaker Pelosi on Thursday occurred as follows:

CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”

Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”

“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

(Just in case the flash link doesn’t work, here’s the audio)


Currently, each of the five health care overhaul proposals being considered in Congress would command every American adult to buy health insurance. Any person defying this mandate would be required to pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1994, when the health care reform plan then being advanced by President Clinton called for mandating that all Americans buy health insurance, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office studed the issue and concluded:

“The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”

Later on Thursday, CNSNews.com followed up on the question, e-mailing  written queries for the speaker to her Spokesman Elshami.

“Where specifically does the Constitution authorize Congress to force Americans to purchase a particular good or service such as health insurance?” CNSNews.com asked the speaker’s office.

“If it is the Speaker’s belief that there is a provision in the Constitution that does give Congress this power, does she believe the Constitution in any way limits the goods and services Congress can force an individual to purchase?” CNSNews.com asked. “If so, what is that limit?”

Elshami responded by sending CNSNews.com a Sept. 16 press release from the Speaker’s office entitled, “Health Insurance Reform, Daily Mythbuster: ‘Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform.’”   The press release states that Congress has “broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce. Congress has used this authority to regulate many aspects of American life, from labor relations to education to health care to agricultural production.”

The release further states: “On the shared responsibility requirement in the House health insurance reform bill, which operates like auto insurance in most states, individuals must either purchase coverage (and non-exempt employers must purchase coverage for their workers)—or pay a modest penalty for not doing so. The bill uses the tax code to provide a strong incentive for Americans to have insurance coverage and not pass their emergency health costs onto other Americans—but it allows them a way to pay their way out of that obligation.  There is no constitutional problem with these provisions.”

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