Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This week has been a shameful disaster


During the past three days in the United States, I witnessed two events, which will make this week go down in history. It will go down in history as the House of Representatives passed the Obama Health Care Bill on Sunday, March 21, 2010. It will go down in history as President, Barack Obama, signed the bill into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Immediately after the signing of the bill by the president, thirteen states filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the bill violated Amendment 10, of the U.S. Constitution. The wording of the Tenth Amendment is as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The states maintain that the constitution does not allow the federal government to compel private citizens to buy anything from private employers, such as insurance companies.

To others of us, we believe the process in passing the bill was flawed. The usual procedure is for each house to pass their versions of a bill, and then refer their bills to a committee to work out the disagreements, then send it back to each house for approval. This whole process has been an unmitigated disaster! The Republicans were locked out of discussions, debates, and much of the discussions were limited to Democrats behind locked doors. If the process was not out and out unconstitutional, it was an utter disgrace!

It is incredible to me, that the president, who claims to have been a professor teaching constitutional law, that he would be a part of this process. It is obvious that he either does not know or understand the constitution, or he knows and wants to change it through legislation. His conduct would seem to confirm the claims of those who claim he is a socialist. His actions, and those of a Democratically controlled congress would certainly confirm we are heading in the direction of socialism. And be not deceived: socialism means control, and they will continue to move in other areas of our lives.

November of this year will give us a chance to remedy this dangerous trend. We need to go to the polls and throw out every Democrat and a high percentage of Republicans, and to replace them with constitutional conservatives that will promise to enact term limits, to repeal the seventeenth amendment to begin with (Click here for my previous post on the seventeenth amendment). Both actions will restore states rights, and to destroy political dynasties that unlimited terms allow. The result over time should be less federal control over the states and individuals, less spending, and lower taxes. And hopefully, we will be able to take our beloved country back.


  1. Rick, if the book "Game Change" is to be believed, Obama gets it, he just doesn't like it. & the process used for Obama care is the proof.
    & while I applaud the states that are standing up for their & our 10th Amendment rights, given how the Supreme Court shredded property rights with their definition of eminant domain a few years ago, I am not going to put much hope there.

    As for the Fall 2010 elections. Agree 100% with what we have to do voting & 17th Amendment wise.

    PS Do you think we can get 1 amendment that repeals the 16th & 17th at the same time?

  2. Al, thanks for dropping by again. I don't think we can get 1 amendment that would repeal both the 16th and 17th until we elect true conservatives to both houses of congress. They would have to introduce the amendment, and pass it by a two-thirds vote in each house, then have it ratified by three-fourths of the states. I think the chances are not likely for years to come. I don't know even if the Tea Party is alert enough to know how to bring it to pass. Too many conservatives are criticizing each other who don't agree. In one way, I'm glad I have reached the age of 78. Have a good day, Al.