The Effects and Dangers of Constitutional Contempt

The Effects and Dangers of Constitutional Contempt

20090822_CFL Sign Waving_030Dr. Walter Williams examines the Constitutional question concerning government health care in his latest column at CNS News.

He really brings home exactly why, in practical terms, the question of Constitutional authority–and contempt for the Constitution–are critically important when any law is being considered:

Pelosi’s press spokesman Nadeam Elshami replied to about its question regarding constitutional authority mandating that individual Americans buy health insurance. “You can put this on the record. That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

Suppose Congress were debating a mandate outlawing tea-party-type protests and other large gatherings criticizing Congress. A news reporter asks Nancy Pelosi where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to outlaw peaceable assembly. How would you feel if she answered, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” and ignored the question.

And what if, later on, someone from her office sent you a press release, as was sent to CNSNews, saying that Congress has “broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce,” pointing out that demonstrations cause traffic jams and therefore interferes with interstate commerce?

To put it simply, a government that will show blatant contempt for Constitution in one area is very likely to show contempt for the Constitution in other areas, too.  How long will it be until the rights being trampled in such displays of contempt are your rights?   How long until that contempt manifests itself in an attack on something you genuinely care about?

A government that feels empowered to violate the Constitution in one area will sooner or later feel empowered to violate the Constitution anywhere they want, at will.

So while you might revel in Constitutional contempt that sticks it to “those evil rich people” or some other group you envy or loathe, sooner or later that same contempt you once applauded is going to come around and bite you in the butt.

Even a self-absorbed liberal should be able to understand this simple truth.

To help protect our freedoms and our Constitution, Williams gets behind the Enumerated Powers Act, a bill introduced in congress every year since 1995 by Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ). This legislation would “require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.”

Of course, socialists in congress can still thing up some twisted perversion of logic (like gross misapplications of the Commerce Clause or the General Welfare Clause), but the Enumerated Powers Act will make it far easier to identify their gross distortions and hold them accountable to their oaths to support the Constitution.

In addition to throwing out these contemptuous dirtbags in droves next year, we the people need to get vocally behind the Enumerated Powers Act.

Our elected representatives have demonstrated their unwillingness to protect our liberties and our Constitution. We the people are the last line of defense, and we must not shirk or shrink back from our duty.

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