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December 13, 2009
Sen. Landrieu's deep thoughts on national health insurance
When asked by a CNSNews reporter "to explain exactly where Congress gets the constitutional authority to force Americans to buy health insurance," Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La) responded:
"Well, we're very lucky as members of the Senate to have constitutional lawyers on our staff, so I'll let them answer that."
That's not luck Senator Landrieu; that is a disgrace. As a side note, most constitutional lawyers are clueless on the US Constitution because they spend most of their time in law school studying constitutional case law.
The US Constitution is not hard to understand Senator Landrieu, nor is the Declaration of Independence. Your legislative powers come from the people through the vehicle of our written constitution. And the purpose of our Constitution is clearly stated in its preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It is not a promotion of the general welfare of Americans to burden it with such an encumbrance of financial debt from this health care bill, nor is it securing the blessings of liberty to us and our posterity...our children and grandchildren. Being imprisoned by debt is the antithesis of liberty.
Furthermore, our Declaration of Independence, our nation's founding document, declares:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed...
"...from the consent of the governed." In the latest FOXNews Dynamic Poll, fifty-four percent want Congress to do nothing on health care, with only 41% of Americans want Congress to act. Does that look like a consensus of the governed Senator Landrieu?
Lastly, Senator Landrieu stated in her answer to CNSNews:
But what I will say is that most certainly it is within Congress' jurisdiction to come up with a way to have a health insurance funded with shared responsibility, is the way I like to, you know -- government has a responsibility, individuals have a responsibility and business has a responsibility.
Could you further elaborate Senator? What is the government's responsibility when it comes to funding healthcare? What is a business' responsibility to fund healthcare? From where is that responsibility derived?
Most importantly, what do you see as my responsibility as a tax-paying citizen?