August 12, 2010

Well, Let’s See Now…

…What have we here?

On November 8, 2006, Nancy Pelosi, on the precipice of becoming the third most important public official in our government, uttered the now infamous words that will prove to define her tenure as Speaker of the House:

“The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history…”

When you read that today knowing what’s happened in the last three years, you might not know whether to laugh or feel appalled. You have your garden variety scandals at the hands of Eric Massa, Charlie Rangel & Maxine Waters, but what’s more, the complete disregard for the voters’ voices by the very people who promised to lead an honest and transparent Congress: Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Congressional Democrats’ actions have been devastating to our economy, healthcare, and most important, the civil discourse in the United States. You thought you couldn’t take anymore head-scratching, face-palming comments from the very people whose salaries you pay? You are sadly mistaken.

Read on.

Meanwhile, Rep. John Shadegg is once again trying to persuade his fellow representatives to do the right thing.

A Republican congressman says all bills introduced in Congress should include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which a law is being enacted.

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) says his Enumerated Powers Act will force Congress to re-examine the role of the national government and curb its “ever-expanding reach.”

“For too long, the federal government has operated without Constitutional restraint, creating ineffective and costly programs and massive deficits year after year,” Shadegg writes on AmericaSpeakingOut, a Republican Web site that seeks ideas from the American people.

Shadegg says the trend of Congress overstepping its role has gotten “alarmingly worse” in the past 18 months.

As has reported, some lawmakers apparently do not consider the Constitution in writing legislation.

In the debate over health care, for example, asked various members of Congress — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — “Where does the Constitution authorize Congress to force individuals buy health insurance?”

Pelosi’s response — “Are you serious? Are you serious?” — was one of many nonplussed answers received.

Indeed, who would expect today’s Democrats, especially under the perverse, corrupt and treasonous leadership of Komrade Pelosi, to even consider applying the appropriate Constitutional authority to any bill? If the party presently holding the majority in Congress were held to Constitutional requirements, all we’d hear from that side of the aisle would be crickets chirping.

The question is, when the GOP regains its majority or at least wins enough seats for more even voting power this November, will they be willing to adopt Shadegg’s proposal as a requisite to voting on all bills in Congress?

It was their lackluster performance that lost them the majority in the 2006 elections, so…

Time, as they say, will tell. Time, however, is something our beloved republic, as we know it, seems to have developed a paucity of.

Liberals always accuse conservatives of “playing politics” when we point out the unconstitutionality of so much of their legislation.

Does this mean that if John Q. Citizen breaks the law and a cop arrests him for it, he can accuse the cop of “playing politics”?

Same difference.

by @ 8:34 am. Filed under America, America's Future, Politicians, The U.S. Constitution
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4 Responses to “Well, Let’s See Now…”

  1. BB-Idaho Says:

    Kind of surprising, quoting John Shadegg there. The same Shadegg
    who ran in 1994 in support of term limits, now serving his 7th term;
    the same Shadegg who collected from Abramhoff. Wait, on second thought, he SHOULD know about big government, right? :)

  2. Seth Says:

    BB –

    What politician these days is NOT a hypocrite, though? The current crop are not only hypocrites, they are also scoundrels of the first magnitude.

    That said, I’ve been sqying for some time that we need to get rid of ALL the critters on the Hill and replace them with newbies, at the same time instituting those term limits Shadegg left in the dust all those terms ago. :-)

    However, the man has been repeatedly attempting, for years, to see to fruition a requirement that Congress adhere to the Constitution by attaching the appropriate authorization from same to every bill they vote on.

    That would make even HIM have to tow the line.

  3. Always On Watch Says:

    Shadegg’s proposal about Constitutional authority is an excellent one!

    But I doubt that the GOP will jump aboard. **sigh**

    The politicians we have now are such asshats.

  4. Seth Says:

    AOW –

    No, they probably won’t. He was proposing the same thing when the GOP had the majority, and of course our modern breed of politician, who apparently don’t feel that they are subject either to the will of the people or the Constitution, subscribed to the belief: “Just ignore it and it will go away”.

    Having real patriots/statesmen in Congress is a “luxury” we Americans no longer enjoy. All we have now are self-seeking politicians who lie whenever they open their mouths. Not just Democrats, but every single Republican as well. :-(