This would be outrageously funny if the implications for our republic weren’t so deadly serious.
Over the past few months, a reporter for CNSNews.com has been cornering various members of Congress and asking a simple question: Which part of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to mandate that every American buy health insurance?
Back in October I highlighted the answers given by three of them, but CNSNews has now done us the service of compiling all of the responses into a video.
The answers vary, but here’s a rough sampling of what you’ll hear in the video embedded below:
- You’re kidding, right? How can you ask such a question?
- I don’t know (said in a way that does not indicate embarrassment)
- You’ll need to ask the lawyers on our staff
- In the “commerce” clause
- In the “general welfare” clause
- In the same place that gives Congress the power to pass Medicare. You’re not saying that Medicare is a bad thing, are you? Some extremists actually say that we should get rid of Medicare.
The correct answer, of course, is that the Constitution does not empower Congress to pass laws like this. Try to point this out to our congressfolks, though, and we’re called extremists.
Decades of public schooling have resulted in generations of constitutionally-illiterate voters who happily keep returning these people to Washington.