"A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves against those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." ... Roman statesman and political theorist Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thursday, October 21, 2010

REPEAL - A Word We Need To Use More Often

There is a lot of talk lately about repeal - especially when it comes to the unconstitutional Obamacare socialized healthcare law. Obamacare should be repealed but not the way the Republicans want to do it.

The Repubs want to substitute a more palatable health care law, but it will still be a federal law giving the fools and idiots on Capitol Hill an undue measure of control over medicine. Based on the wording of the 10th Amendment - (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 federal government has absolutely no business regulating or controlling medical care since nowhere in the body of the Constitution is medicine mentioned.

If the Repubs succeed in repealing the unconstitutional healthcare law it should be killed, buried and made to rest for eternity in an unmarked grave never again to raise its fearsome and ugly head.

Equally important should be the repeal of the 17th Amendment. That Amendment allows for the election of Senators. The reason is simple; the enactment of the 17th Amendment destroyed the Constitutional balance of powers. As written in the body of the Constitution, Senators were to be appointed by the states, not elected by the people.

Most of us are familiar with the aspect of the Constitution which attempts to balance federal power between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. This is the vertical balance of power. What seems to be forgotten by most of us, if it was ever understood in the first place, is the horizontal balance of power.

The House of Representative, often called the People’s House, was the strong voice of the people BECAUSE the representatives were to be elected by popular vote in their respective districts. The Senate was to be the voice of the state and as such the Senators were to be APPOINTED by the legislatures of their respective states. The selection of the president was complicated but involved both the voice of the people and voice of the states and an ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

The Founders would shudder if they knew the election of the president was by popular vote which is often swayed by money, popular opinion and marketability. They would likewise shudder to know Senators are elected by popular vote, thus stripping the states of all voice in the running of our Republic.

A good start to restoring some semblance of power in the governing of America will be the repeal of the 17th Amendment thus giving the states back their voice.

Congress also needs to REPEAL Obamacare and if that fails due to Senate neglect or Obama veto, DEFUND the beast. Kill it by starving it to death, but get rid of it.

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