Supporting and Defending the Constitution
At 10:30 this morning, the House will begin reading America’s Constitution. It should serve as a good reminder to Members that they swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Of course, not all Members are pleased. California Democrat Sam Farr told Congressional Quarterly, “I don’t see what benefit will come from the reading of the Constitution. It’s going to require a lot of work by clerks and recorders taking all of this down, wasting taxpayer dollars.”
Given the legislation passed during the previous Congress and over the past decade, such statements are not surprising. From the individual mandate to restrictions on free speech, many lawmakers seem to view the Constitution as an inconvenient barrier to their big-government desires. Fortunately, as we saw in November, Americans are embracing the principles on which our country was founded – the principles that made our country exceptional.
Interestingly, one fierce supporter of President Obama, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, seems to be backing away from one of the most unconstitutional elements of Obamacare – the individual mandate. Yesterday, she told MSNBC “There’s other ways we can get people into the pool — I hope — other than a mandate, and we need to look at that.”
If Senator McCaskill had come to that realization early, she could have spared Americans the crushing burden of Obamacare. It’s worth asking question, as I am sure many in Missouri will: does Senator McCaskill favor repeal? With the House expected to move on repeal next week, she could have an opportunity to rid the nation of the disastrous law very soon.