Our "leaders" really need read the founding documents... Congressman Phil Hare (D)
"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" For just a moment let's suspend the fact that that wonderful line is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. Let us suspend that the Declaration of Independence has NO legal binding authority on the Government of the United States of America. We will just put a pin in those. In what way does the health care abomination support "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"? It makes health care more expensive, so that inhibits life. It seizes property from the citizenry, that blows away Liberty, and... well the Pursuit of Happiness is just good hubris, because, to be honest, I could pursue happiness while in the Hanoi Hilton. I might not achieve my pursuit, but I can certainly pursue happiness.
Anyway, this guy does not know the first thing about the Constitution. He goes for the sob story, and gets cut off at the knees. That kind of talk might fly with the groupthinking myrmidons, but with reasonable thinking individuals, no dice.
A smart man, who read the Constitution, and wanted to put up some sort of intelligent defence for the Constitutional justification would cite the Commerce Clause and United States v. Darby Lumber Co. in which the Roosevelt packed court ruled that essentially the 10th Amendment didn't really mean anything, and that there was no effectual limit on Congress' power. That allowed FDR to get the New Deal rolling, LBJ, to start up the Great Society, Bush to get his prescription drug monstrosity moving, and Obama to shove mandatory health insurance down the public's throat.
But Mr. Hare doesn't think, doesn't care, and didn't read the documents. Something that doesn't take 10 seconds to find on the interwebs, and this moron couldn't be troubled for it. Nice.
In November John Boehner (R), the House Minority leader held up what he said was a copy of the Constitution. He said he would read the Preamble... then proceeded to read the preamble to the beautiful, but legally irrelevant Declaration of Independence. To which the crowd booed him mercilessly. As they should have... Don't make that kind of mistake in front of the Tea Party crowd. They have read the Constitution, and are more difficult to take for a ride.
I wonder if there is some sort of basic civics test that freshman Congressmen, and Junior Senators should be forced to take, and can not participate in a vote until they pass... That might help.