Pete Stark claims the federal government can do almost anything it wants to
At a recent town hall meeting, a woman was questioning California Democrat congressman Pete Stark on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation. During her question she asked–and I am paraphrasing– if the federal government can force a person to buy healthcare coverage, what limitations does the federal government have when it comes to intruding on all other aspects of a person’s personal life?
Pete Stark’s answer reveals quite a bit about the type of people we now have serving us in Washington. He claimed the federal government “can do most anything” that it wants to.
The woman then tried to explain to Pete Stark that the constitution is a limiting document; that the constitution enumerates exactly what the federal government is allowed to do, and that anything not mentioned in the constitution is left up for the states and the people to decide. Pete Stark was having none of that.
I do think that her argument using the 13th amendment is a little flimsy; she would have been better served to use the 10th amendment alone to make her point. Nevertheless, when you couple Pete Stark’s comments with comments like the one Phil Hare made about not caring about the constitution, it makes you realize that we have many people representing us in Washington who either do not care about or do not understand the constitution.
These are just two examples of a mindset that seems to be prevalent in Washington these days, from the president right on down. If we are to save our republic, people like Pete Stark and Phil Hare–who do not care about or understand the constitution–need to be voted out of office. Only after we “drain the swamp” in the congress of all those people who show utter disdain and incomprehension of the constitution and what it stands for will we be able to build this country back up again.
In a way Pete Stark is right; the federal government can do just about anything that it wants to, but only because we have let them get away with it for so long.
Their time is coming to an end, its time to unify and watch our flag ascend. Matt Bellamy- Muse