Since they lack the votes to pass their health care bill, the Democrats are thinking of “deeming” Senate bill passed in the House without a vote. When Bret Baier asked President Obama if he supported “deem and pass,” the President avoided answering directly and implied that the process isn’t nearly as important as the result.
“I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate,” he said. . . . “What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I'm going to do something about it.” So the ends justify the means?
If the President is not going to insist that the Constitution must be followed—including that pesky little clause that bills must be approved by a vote in both houses of Congress—then he is not fulfilling his oath to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
Don’t tell the Founders that a ruler can breezily dismiss the law of the land. This country was birthed with blood on the principle that the law is King, not the King is law. In fact, it’s the underlying reason we declared our independence from King George and the British Crown. George was establishing an “absolute Tyranny over these States” by, in effect, acting as some Kings do—acting as if only his opinion mattered; that the will of his subjects was irrelevant and could be ignored to further his own ends.
This morning I re-read the Declaration of Independence. (If you’ve attended public school, you probably have never read it. Too much in there about the Creator and Creation to pass constitutional muster.) As I read over the birth certificate of our amazing nation, it struck me how many of the “injuries and usurpations” of King George parallel those of our current “King” who seems open to passing his unconstitutional health care bill by any unconstitutional means necessary. Here are a few excerpts from our actual founding document with parallels to today’s situation:
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
Frank Turek is coauthor of I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, and the author of Stealing from God: Why atheists need God to make their case. See more of his work at CrossExamined.org.