This year’s Thanksgiving visits were interesting to say the least. Among the events was the oven mysteriously shutting off in the middle of cooking the turkey, almost ruining the feast. At least we had dessert to see us through the tough times!
While we were munching away on the lemon meringue pie, my brother-in-law and I began discussing the “State of the Union” as it were. My brother-in-law is a teacher, a history-buff, and definitely no fan of Obozo and his Liberal ilk.
Among the topics that we discussed was how Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President continually violate the precepts of the Constitution’s limits on government. As anyone who has read the Constitution, limits on the power of government are defined, and not limits upon the People. If we were to listen to the politicians, it is government that is all knowing and all powerful, not the people who elected the politicians to the positions of power to begin with.
There are many that state that the Constitution is a living, imperfect document, and must be continually interpreted and modified. The examples that are most often given are women’s right to vote and stating a slave is only 3/5 a person. What those same people tend to forget is that there is a legal, Constitutional process to change the Constitution’s provisions, which has resulted in no less than 27 modifications to the Constitution. Also not stated by the Liberals is that the Constitutional amendments can be undone as given by the example of the 18th Amendment (enacting Prohibition) and the 21st Amendment (repealing Prohibition).
What Conservatives want is a return to the Constitutional restrictions upon government by the politicians. It’s not a return to the Constitution without the Bill of Rights, but what has legally been enacted by the People’s representatives. The latest violation of Constitutional authority is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)” dubbed ObamaCare.
While the Constitutionality of Welfare, Social Security, and Medicare can be debated ad nauseum, they are established programs that many people now depend on. However, the PPACA is not an established program (yet), and should not be funded if not repealed from Federal law. If this law is compared against the Constitution‘s restrictions on what the Federal government is allowed to do, then Congress and the President have exceeded their authority.
What can the newly-elected Congress do? They can’t repeal the PPACA (yet), but they can withhold funding for the multitudes of departments this law creates. In other words, starve it to death. Hopefully, in the next election cycle, Conservatives will regain the Senate and the White House, and then repeal this legislation.
But States are not waiting for Congress to get its collective act together. Several States are challenging the Constitutionality of the PPACA in the courts. We will see whether this angle works or not, especially with the recent appointments to the Supreme Court by Obozo.
Yes, time will tell, but I think we are running out of time.