Daily Archives: October 21, 2009

Just because I can

Screw Newt

Newt Gingrich believes that “Republican” Scozzafava is better than her democrat opponent in New York’s 23rd Congressional district race.  His “reasoning” is that it is better to have a liberal with an R after her name than a liberal with a D after his name.    No, really, that’s his logic. 

Whenever they pull out the “big tent” argument, what they really mean is that it is better to be stabbed in the back by your “friend” 45% of the time than it is to be assaulted head on by your enemy 65% of the time.  I’m a firm believer that an electorate gets the representation that they deserve.  If a district wants a liberal, they deserve one. Give ’em one. Let them have a liberal elected official.  Let them glory in their liberal elected official.  If possible, let them come to regret their liberal elected official, if they ever come to their senses, and then turn to a moderate or a conservative. 

I’m not advocating giving up in entire regions of the country. I’m saying that we should present alternatives to the Democrats. If the Democrats win, then that is what the people of that district wanted. Give it to them.  They will either come to regret their decision, and return to moderates or conservative representatives, or they won’t. If they don’t, those people deserve what they get.  I believe that sooner or later a majority of The People will come to their senses and reject the liberal representatives and elect moderates or conservatives. I’ll be there when they do.

Americans believe that Obama will try to take their guns away from them

This poll makes me proud to be an American.  Often I am discouraged by how uninformed average citizens are about the issues.  But on this issue, Americans are spot on to be afraid, be very afraid.  No, Obama has never said or done anything to cause this fear.  Explicitly. You have to read between the lines.  Follow the clues. Draw conclusions.

He lies.  So even if he promised us, that would not allay the fears of a rational person.  And before he ran for President, he explicitly wrote that he was in favor of banning hand guns.  He’s an egomaniac.  He’s a socialist.  He favors countrys with socialist dictatorships (Cuba and Venezuela) and dictator-wannabes (Honduras’ ousted President) over democratically elected countries (Honduras). 

No, this poll is evidence that the American public get it. “A new Gallup poll may explain recent reports of increased gun and ammunition sales in the U.S. Majorities of those who personally own a gun (55%) and of those with a gun in the household (53%), as well as 41% of all Americans, believe that President Obama “will attempt to ban the sale of guns in the United States while he is president.”  They’ve connected the dots, and found that Obama is not trust-worthy.  Can you say ONE TERM PRESIDENT baby?

The Federal Government has no power to force Americans to buy health insurance

ObamaCare, at least the proposals that contain provisions to force people to buy health insurance, are unconstitutional.  The Federal Government is a government with limited powers. And all powers not enumerated in the Constitution are reserved to the states.  The only even arguable grant of power comes from Article I, “Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…”

That does not even arguably come close to giving the Government the power to force people to purchase health insurance.  But what about car insurance?  First, car insurance is regulated by each state, not the Federal Government.  Each state has the power, perhaps, depending upon their own Constitutions, to force citizens to purchase health insurance.  Second, not every one has to purchase auto insurance, just those who choose to drive. Just as one doesn’t have to purchase a fishing license who does not fish.  

As one constitutional lawyer said of Cong. Steney Hoyer when he claimed that the “general welfare” clause of Article I, Section 8 authorized Congress to force Americans to buy health insurance: “The notion that the general welfare language is a basis for a specific legislative exercise is all silly because if that’s true, because general welfare language is inherently limitless, then the federal government can do anything.”

Why is it important? If our legislators do not act in accordance with the authority that they have been granted by our Constitution, then we cease to be a nation of laws.  Instead, we allow our legislators to enact any law that they deem appropriate.  I have not yet decided where I’ll draw the line and fight, but we are getting closer and closer to the point where I begin to take up arms and revolt.