Open Letter to Congressmen
|Posted by WTPOV Core Team on March 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Roberts' ruling isn't final
By Sen. Rand Paul
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, can you still argue that the Constitution does not support ObamaCare? The liberal blogosphere apparently thinks the constitutional debate is over. I wonder whether they would have had that opinion the day after the Dred Scott decision.
While it is clear to anyone who was awake in high school civics class that the Supreme Court has the power to declare whether a law is valid under the Constitution, that power is not a pronouncement set in stone.
Think of how our country would look now had the Supreme Court not changed its view of what is constitutional. Think of 1857, when the court handed down the outrageous Dred Scott decision, which said African Americans were not citizens. Think of the "separate but equal" doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson, which the court later repudiated in Brown v. Board of Education.
I have a similar opinion on Roe v. Wade. Constitutional scholars such as professor Robert George of Princeton still dispute the constitutionality of Roe: "The Supreme Court's decision to invalidate state laws prohibiting or restricting abortion lacks any basis in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution."
The clause that the court majority used to justify the constitutionality of ObamaCare is one that has been subject to debate over the years.
Hamilton and Madison argued over it. Madison maintained that the powers to tax and spend were limited by the powers enumerated in the Constitution. Because what purpose is there to enumerated powers if a general power — the power to tax — could eclipse them?
In U.S. v. Butler (1936), an earlier Justice Roberts (Owen) got it right when he wrote: "The (tax) invades the reserved rights of the states. (The tax) is a statutory plan to regulate and control … a matter beyond the powers delegated to the federal government. … (The tax is) but (a) means to an unconstitutional end."
Sounds like ObamaCare to me. I'm starting to like the first Justice Roberts more than the current Justice Roberts.
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Mr. Gonidakis, Chairman of Ohio Right to Life, recently came out in support Governor Kasich’s Medicaid expansion plan and justified it with a quote, "Our mission is to support life from womb to tomb.”
Gonidakis seems to not understand the huge difference between the sanctity of life from "womb to tomb" and Socialist Government control from "womb to tomb" that Kasich is promoting in Ohio. Kasich should be promoting a free market strategy to provide for the healthcare of the poor, not pouring money into a system that is known to be dysfunctional and unsustainable. Kasich and the people of Ohio should understand the resulting financial indebtedness won't hit Ohioans until he is long gone from the Governors office.
Anyone who wants to see what Government help does for people just go over to the nearest government housing project and look at the broken lives of good people who have been maneuvered into government dependency from "womb to tomb". Many of the people you will see in these projects are third and forth generation government dependents. It is disgraceful to rob these people from "womb to tomb" of their natural human potential, dignity and self respect in the name of God.
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In light of President Obama's recent press conference we are asking you to stand tall against any further debt limit increase without significant spending cuts. The President used his bully pulpit to say the debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending and it only allows the government to pay its bills. Nonsense, in 1939 the debt ceiling was enacted to do exactly what its name implies, (limit the debt) and that means cut spending to reduce the bone crushing debt burden being placed on the backs of the American people.
The President says those who would negotiate for spending cuts are extreme. Since when is it extreme for Congress to safeguard the people's money from the great danger associated with excessive public debt? The word extreme seems to more appropriately describe the President's out-of-control spending binge. It is quite reasonable and frankly Congress's responsibility to demand significant spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
The president has said previous votes never contained the cut-spending linkage and that of course is baloney. The president himself, as a Senator, refused to vote to raise the debt ceiling under President Bush. He called the debt at that time “irresponsible” and "unpatriotic" because it burdened today's children with $30,000 in debt. That was more than six trillion dollars ago and on his watch our kid's burden is now over $50,000 each and rising everyday.
We The People Ohio Valley hold true to our core values of limited government and fiscal responsibility and that means the government should not be spending our children and grand children’s future by borrowing money from China to continue this reckless spending binge. We believe it is immoral to place this horrendous debt burden on the future children of this great nation.
Most Americans learn early that the only way to stop a bully is to stand up to them, to face their fears, to be willing to make sure the bully knows he has been challenged. We are asking you to take that stand now, stand up to President Obama and use all of the resources at your disposal including your vote to say no debt limit hike without significant debt reduction, (emphasis added). You owe it to your children as well as our children to do the right thing and take a bold and moral position by demanding substantial debt reduction.
In closing we ask you to consider the wisdom of our founding fathers and in the quiet of your deliberations ponder the message Thomas Jefferson left for us when he said:
"I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared."
We The People Ohio Valley