Pelosi channels her inner Mussolini?

November 30, 2009

Nice to know that Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t let a little thing like the Constitution get in the way of shoving nationalized health care down our throats:

As Harry Reid’s health care bill moves to the Senate floor, the debate over Obamacare finally begins in earnest. Shouldn’t the Constitution be part of that debate? By what authority, after all, could Congress force all Americans to buy health insurance?

In a recent press release, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argues that constitutional objections to the individual mandate are “nonsensical,” because “the power of Congress to regulate health care is essentially unlimited.”

Anyone with a modest knowledge of the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution (Okay, okay. That lets out 98% of the population) should be aghast at reading that. Her assertion isn’t just questionable; it’s not merely wrong. No, Speaker Pelosi’s belief in the unlimited power of Congress is utterly antithetical to every principle on which this country was founded. It’s not unconstitutional, it’s anti-constitutional. Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and Adams would be doing a collective face-palm if they were around to hear this.

For Pete’s sake, Nancy, our Revolution was fought against the tyrannical actions of the national legislature in London. Do you really want to be the George Grenville of the 21st century? Should we be comforted to know that the third-highest officer in our government is a constitutional illiterate and a barely concealed statist?

The Constitution established the federal government as a limited government of defined powers; those powers not expressly granted to it were reserved to the States or the People. It was intended to check and limit the power of the legislature, not grant unlimited authority to remake the nation according to your progressive fantasies, you nitwit! Article 1, section 8 defines Congress’s power. You might try reading it sometime.

I’ve finally figured it out: the use of the word “democratic” in “Democratic Party” is an ironic joke.

And the joke’s on us.

(hat tip: Weekly Standard)