The Associated Press is reporting this morning that freshmen Democrats are torn between the Democrat Party line and the voter’s wishes on health care reform.
FORK UNION, Va. – …Backbencher Democrats thrown into the front lines of the [health care] debate are caught in a crossfire between their congressional leaders to the left and conservative constituents to the right. These newcomers hold clout that could determine if health care legislation passes — and in what form.
For you rookie Democrats (and rookie Republicans for that matter) who are confused about how to vote on the health care reform bill, here’s a suggestion. It just so happens there’s an easy-to-read, four-page instruction manual for governing America. It’s called The Constitution of the United States. Go find a copy and read it. If you can’t find one, go wake up Sen. Robert Byrd. He carries a well-thumbed copy in his coat pocket. He doesn’t understand it but he has one.
President Obama and the Democratic Party want to overhaul the entire health care system for 85% of the nation who have a health care plan in order to cover the 15% who for one reason or another do not have a health care plan. Liberals and Democrats believe health care is a constitutional right.
The Constitutional Framers would have insisted on nothing less, as reflected in the Constitution’s Health Care Clause. Oh, wait a minute! The Constitution doesn’t have a Health Care Clause. Nor does it include any other provision that authorizes Congress to spend taxpayers’ money on health insurance for the children of the working poor, the grandparents of the middle class, the nephews of the super-rich, or the kin of any other socioeconomic group.
The Constitution creates a federal government of limited and enumerated powers, not one of general powers such as those of the states. Whereas the states may legislate in nearly any area, Congress is limited to those few powers expressly granted in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution expressly defines the limited and enumerated 17 powers of Congress.
To ensure that even the dumbest Congressman couldn’t miss the point, the Framers of the Constitution went even further. They passed the 9th and 10th Amendments to shut the door on any future claims to additional powers