Where’s The Constitutional Authority?

From the Patriot Post:

‘Nobody Questions That’?

Never before has there been more evidence of outright contempt for our Constitution than under the current liberal hegemony presiding over the executive and legislative branches of our federal government.

The protagonist of this Leftist regime is, of course, Barack Hussein Obama, who promised his constituents, “This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, to offer a new direction. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America. And generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was our time” [emphasis added].

Obama proclaimed, “Everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — to lay a new foundation for growth.”

In his inaugural speech, Obama declared, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works,” signaling his rejection of the old paradigm, which pitted the conservative position, “government is the problem,” against the liberal position, “government is the solution.”

Thus, by virtue of his election to the presidency nearly one year ago, he believes he has the authority to establish a new paradigm to “fundamentally transform” our nation by creating “a new foundation.”

However, if we are a nation of laws with a national government limited by our Constitution, and, indeed, we are, then Obama has no legal authority to “transform” our government.

Go read the whole thing.  This part almost made me laugh, then when I really thought about it, it almost made me cry:

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” replied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when asked specifically about the constitutional authority for Obama’s health care proposal. Pelosi’s spokesman later clarified, “You can put this on the record: That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.” (Apparently, there was an echo in the chamber.)

Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer attempted to answer the question by demonstrating his illimitable ignorance on the subject: “Well, in promoting the general welfare the Constitution obviously gives broad authority to Congress to effect [a mandate that individuals must buy health insurance]. The end that we’re trying to effect is to make health care affordable, so I think clearly this is within our constitutional responsibility.”

Perhaps Hoyer should take a basic civics course on the “General Welfare” clause in Article 1, Section 8, as written by James Madison. On the limitations of the Constitution, Madison wrote: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents…”

Finally, Democrat Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (where Rule of Law once prevailed), responded to the question of constitutional authority by insisting, “We have plenty of authority. … I mean, there’s no question there’s authority. Nobody questions that. Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway? The federal government does that on federal highways.” (No, actually, the states set speed limits, and only misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause by judicial activists could be construed to give the federal government such authority.)

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
–Thomas Jefferson

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