Blogger AllahPundit from the conservative Web site HotAir.com asked Rep. Phil Hare which part of the Constitution authorizes the government to mandate that all Americans buy a private product such as health insurance. The Illinois Democrat replied, "I don't worry about the Constitution on this."
Hare cringed in disgust and said, "Oh please. What I care more about, I care more about the people dying every day who don't have health care."
"You care more about that than the U.S. Constitution that you swore to uphold?" AllahPundit shouted back.
"I believe it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Hare countered.
When an observer pointed out that those words come from the Declaration of Independence, Hare said, "Doesn't matter to me. Either one."
I have never visited the website HotAir.com, and I don't endorse anything on that site. But this pundit has uncovered a major issue. Maybe this is the problem with all of this health care nonsense all along. Perhaps our lawmakers don't even know what the constitution says. Obviously Representative Hare (D-Illinois) has never read it, let alone the Declaration of Independence. I'm guessing he was in the lunchroom or perhaps absent the day his teacher covered those two documents in Civics class. Maybe we should have a crash course for all the lawmakers so they know what they have sworn to defend.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.If you don't know what's in it...HOW CAN YOU DEFEND IT?