Article 1, Section 1 of our Constitution states "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." I agree some citizens may not know this answer off the top of their head, listen to what long time Representative of New Jersey, Frank LoBiondo (R) had to say at a local town hall. He thinks it is "The Right To Free Speech." Everyone knows that is the First Amendment to the Constitution. Watch as a True Patriot questions him. You will not believe the Representatives response.
"I don't worry about the Constitution on this to be honest," are the words used by US Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill). when confronted by a constituent on the Constituitionality of Obamacare. He went on to say, "I believe it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." He was quickly informed his statement is in the Declaration of Independence. Hare responded with "Doesn't matter to me. Either one." Later when confronted with the same question all he could say was "I don't know. I don't know." Video
At a Tea Party rally in Nov of 2009 Rep. John Boehner (R-Oh), House Minority Leader, addressed the crowd holding his pocket copy of the Constitution. As he was pledging to "stand here with our Founding Fathers, who wrote in the pre-amble: 'We hold these truths to be self evident ..." Those words are the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence, not the Preamble to the Constitution. Video
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) was recently confronted by CNSNews with the following, “The individual mandate in the bill requires individuals to purchase health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that never before in the history of the United States has the federal government required any one to purchase any goods or service. What part of the Constitution do you think gives Congress the authority to mandate individuals to purchase health insurance?”
Conyers replied “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know -- I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know -- they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”
The word "good" only appears once in the Constitution, in Article 3, Section 1, which deals with the Judicial Branch, not the powers of Congress.
In December Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked "..where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?" A very agitated Pelosi only responded with "Are you serious? Are you serious?" She then went on to answer another question.
The leaders should know what our Constitution says and the meaning of it, it is their job. It is very sad to think we elect officials to uphold our Constitution and We The People Know more about it than they do. As there is so much discrepency about this subject I feel all elected officials should be given a Constitutional Knowledge test at least once a year. This may sound childish but if they do not know and uphold the Constitution of our country we will continue down the road to Socialism.
Very soon we will no longer have the Freedoms we enjoy now, there will be no Constitution to uphold, we will be under the jurisdition of the Progressive Comunists. Attend town hall meetings with candidates for office, question them about the Constitution and their beliefs. If they can't or won't answer your questions, let everyone know about it. If they answer wrong, stand up and tell them and the world about it, just as the man in the first example did.
These leaders showed complete lack of disrespect and concern for the Constitution and the Citizens of the United States of America.
Vote this November for Change We Can Really Believe In.Deanie