Sunday, November 15, 2009

Congress: Read the Constitution! ~ By Henry Lamb

From WorldNetDaily
Henry LambBy Henry Lamb Posted: November 14, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 Speculation about Roland Burris' double-digit IQ followed him to the U.S. Senate, where he opened his mouth and removed all doubt. When a reporter asked him to identify the specific constitutional language that authorized the federal government to mandate individual health insurance, he stumbled a bit, and then said it is that part that says "health, welfare and defense of the country." The word "health" is not in the Constitution. Nancy Pelosi didn't even try to answer when she was asked the same question. Her reply was "Are you serious? Are you serious?" Sen. Patrick Leahy's answer was not much better. He said, "We have plenty of authority. Why would you say we have no authority?" Anyone who has read the Constitution knows that Article I, Section 8 limits the power of Congress to very specific, enumerated powers. Burris' staff assistant said Burris was referring to the Constitution's preamble, which says the Constitution was established to "provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty." Fortunately, the founders were not content to assume that "the general welfare" would consist of whatever Roland Burris, or any other legislator, may think is appropriate. That's precisely why the founders didn't stop at the preamble. They were very deliberate in their selection of words that created the U.S. government. Consider the context out of which the government arose: a brand new nation born on bloody battlefields that separated a national infant from a tyrannical giant. The infant nation consisting of 13 independent parts lacked unity, coordination and strength. Some of the founders wanted the new government to be much like the government of England, strong and in control of the 13 colonies. Others feared such a government would soon become as tyrannical and unjust as the government of the king. From these two opposing views, men of honor knelt in common prayer for guidance and crafted a compromise that was truly inspired. To make the laws, there would be two houses of Congress, one elected by the people every two years, the other elected by the state legislatures to serve staggered six-year terms. To be absolutely sure that this Congress would not become as tyrannical as King George, the founders spelled out exactly what the Congress was empowered to do. These powers are set forth in Article I, Section 8. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
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