Star Parker
Surveys of voters in Anthony Weiner's district in Queens, NY show they forgive him and want him to remain as their congressman. End of story. This is a democracy, right? And the House of Representatives is the people’s house.

No, it's not the end of the story. It's all the more reason to recall why America’s founders designed a constitutional republic with a federal government of limited, enumerated powers. And it's why we should be deeply concerned that these constitutional limitations have been systematically undermined by court decisions over the years, resulting in the runaway government and debts we have today.

The nation's founders were realists, cynics if you prefer, regarding what to expect from human behavior.

They understood that unbridled popular democracy can lead to the very tyranny they escaped from and from which they wanted to protect their new nation. A republic, with a constitution limiting the powers of the federal government, could be our only protection from lascivious power seekers like Weiner and the liberals that have re-elected him seven times.

There's perhaps irony in that, the very week that Weinergate hit the press, a federal appeals court in Atlanta heard arguments on the constitutionality of the biggest federal government power grab in our nation’s history – Obamacare.

Twenty six states are challenging the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" provision of the new health care law that holds it all together. This provision forces every American to buy health insurance, defined and designed by the federal government, from private firms.

Once the federal government can mandate what you purchase, what's next?

It would be nice to think that power in our nation is held by omniscient, God-fearing men and women, whose priority was the pursuit of truth and the good.

But, even the most idealistic among us understand this is not realistic and that our only possible protection from the many Anthony Weiners is limiting the power of government.

The individual mandate issue aside, Obamacare still accumulates massive new power in the hands of the federal government and bureaucrats. To believe it can be successful is to have faith that massive social engineering, which has never worked anywhere, will defy the odds this time.

To get back to the human factor, consider the case of Peter Orszag.

As head of President Obama's Office of Management and Budget, Orszag was the chief economist and numbers cruncher for Obamacare. He oversaw the models which churned the multi-trillion dollar projections predicting the outcome of this legislation and which were key in selling Obamacare.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.