Part 2 of 3
By David A. Black, Sr.
Lately, we have heard an earful about Death Panels, nationalization of health care with forced participation, the Public Option, and using taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions and provide medical benefits for illegal immigrants. With all of the recent debates over Health Care, our Political Representatives in Congress, along with our President, have forgotten the most important debate of all; or possibly, they are purposefully avoiding it.
In an effort to promote the beliefs represented by their ideology, they are forgetting, or ignoring, their responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States of America. Let me take a moment to remind them of the burden they have been elected to carry.
The Founders of this nation went to great lengths to limit the Powers and Authority of the Federal Government. In doing so, they outlined the purpose of the Government in the Preamble of the Constitution, which states,
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Sic)
NOTE: The key phrase is “promote the Welfare”, not provide for the Welfare. The founders never intended for the Government to implement policies that encourage, or force, the citizens of our nation into a state of dependency on the Federal Government. Rather, they designed a set of limitations by which to avoid “national dependency”, understanding that dependency of the People, on the Government, can only lead to tyranny.
I know! The Liberal argument points to Article I, section 8, which states,
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. (Sic)
NOTE: This section lays the responsibility to “provide for the common Defence and the general Welfare of the United States”, not provide the Welfare of the individual People of the United States. Article I, section 8, refers to the responsibility of the Federal Government to the several States, in representing the United States to other nations, in the establishment of foreign policies, and the power to establish the means, within the limits of the Constitution, to pay for the country’s debts.
Then there is the pesky Bill of Rights. The President’s proposal of a $1900 penalty for failing to comply with his wishes is a fine for violating a law. This “penalty” means people will be found guilty of a crime without the benefit of a trial. This violates our individual right to due process under the Fifth Amendment, which states,
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. (Sic)
We must stop allowing “leftist” politicians to misinterpret, thus purposefully molest the intent of the founders, and pervert the Constitution. The Power and Authority to provide for the People is reserved to the individual States respectively, or to the People, under the protection of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments in the Bill of Rights, which state,
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People. (Sic)
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People. (Sic)
How many members of the U.S. Senate have abandoned their loyalties to their party, and exercised their responsibility to argue for the interests of the State they represent, and protect the Constitution of the United States of America by enforcing the limitations of Government mandated therein?
It is important to remember, the Constitution was implemented, by the Founders of this great nation, as a tool to limit the Powers and Authority of the Government, and to protect the rights of the People. President Reagan understood this when he said, “We are a People with a government, not a Government with a people”. Therefore, we must remain diligently cognizant of the attempts, by the Government, to usurp our rights, and stop them. As President Lincoln once said, “We are the Masters of our Government and of our Constitution”.
Though I am tempted, albeit for a different reason, I will not say, “You lie!”
However, I will say, “Mr. President, you are wrong! Again!”
Mr. President, I have already disputed your “undisputable facts”. I have challenged that you and the Liberal Democrats in Congress are misrepresenting the facts. I have also accused you and the Left of using a “protection racket” riddled with “fear tactics” to coerce America, into reconfiguring our health care system.
Now Mr. President, I dispute the fact that you, and your socialist-minded sycophants in Congress, possess the Power and Authority, under the limitations of the Constitution, to usurp the rights of the several States and the People.
I hereby defy the President, to present a sound argument that would give him, or Congress, the right to legislate a National Health Care Reform Act.
I, for one, deny and reject giving the President, or Congress, the Power to implement legislation that would, in any way, “nationalize” our health care system or “socialize” our country.
Unlike the President, I am not, nor have I ever been, a Constitutional Professor. I am however, a red-blooded American Citizen. I am a student of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I am proud of the Founders of our nation, the product of their labors, and their vision for America. As such, I refuse to apologize for the exceptionalism of our nation, or willfully allow for the degradation of our traditions and values, or the destruction of our Freedom and Liberty.
If America allows the President, and his supporters in Congress, to succeed in nationalizing our health care system, we are only a step away from saying goodbye to our Representative Republic, and hello to a Socialist State; in essence, saying goodbye to Liberty, and welcoming Tyranny.