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Government Admits No Limits on Congress

They finally admitted it! Yesterday’s ruling from the Federal Appeals Court in DC states: “The Government concedes the novelty of the [individual] mandate and the lack of any doctrinal limiting principles; indeed, at oral argument, the Government could not identify any mandate to purchase a product or service in interstate commerce that would be unconstitutional, at least under the Commerce Clause.” The Court concluded that the Federal government has the authority to force any American to purchase any product or service that Congress requires them to purchase.

It explains, “It is certainly an encroachment on individual liberty, but it is no more so than a command that a farmer cannot grow enough wheat to support his own family.” This concluding statement is referring to and cites Wickard v. Filburn, of course.

This is the argument that Liberty Legal Foundation has been making all along. Wickard IS THE PROBLEM!! Finally we have a Court that doesn’t talk around the issue. The court simply points to Wickard and explains that the individual mandate is just like Wickard. They also explain that they don’t like this outcome:

“We acknowledge some discomfort with the Government’s failure to advance any clear doctrinal principles limiting congressional mandates that any American purchase any product or service in interstate commerce. But to tell the truth, those limits are not apparent to us either, because the power to require the entry into commerce is symmetrical with the power to prohibit or condition commercial behavior, or because we have not yet perceived a qualitative limitation. That difficulty is troubling...”

The court then cites Wickard and upholds the individual mandate.

At risk of being a broken record, we will keep repeating the problem until Americans understand how we got here. Wickard destroyed the Constitution and the concept of Federalism because it eliminated the limitations on Congressional authority. Those limitations were the centerpiece of the Constitution. They were absolutely essential to the proper functioning of our Constitutional Republic. Without those limitations we end up with a despotic Federal tyrant: AS HAS JUST BEEN PROVEN BY THE OPINION IN THIS CASE!

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just a few years after the Constitution was ratified, everyone knew what the Commerce Clause meant and what it didn’t mean: President James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution”, vetoed a bill passed by Congress that would have authorized Federal spending on highways. President Madison explained:

“But seeing that such a power is not expressly given by the Constitution, and believing that it can not be deduced from any part of it without an inadmissible latitude of construction and reliance on insufficient precedents; believing also that the permanent success of the Constitution depends on a definite partition of powers between the General and the State Governments, and that no adequate landmarks would be left by the constructive extension of the powers of Congress as proposed in the bill, I have no option but to withhold my signature from it”

President Madison understood that the powers granted to the Federal government were intentionally very limited. This was understood for 150 years. The Wickard Court destroyed our system of government and left us defenseless against a despotic Federal tyrant. We must Revive our Constitutional Republic.

Liberty Legal Foundation is preparing an amicus brief that will be filed with the Supreme Court. We will point out the facts set forth here. We will be citing the opinion from the DC Circuit Court, among the other opinions which all illustrate that the source of the problem is Wickard. More importantly, we will be citing and quoting the Founding Fathers themselves. We must overturn Wickard.

Jarhead's Comment; What's the point in arguing Wickard v. Filburn and the court states that they "don’t like this outcome".......but then goes ahead and cites Wickard and upholds the individual mandate!  This is the problem in in the legislative government today, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.  And it certainly does not have the reasoning powers as our founders had.  (COMMON SENSE!) has left the buildings in our government in Washington.

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Comment by Michael Colwell on November 11, 2011 at 8:03am

Maybee we should take the stick away and whack then with it.



Safe LZ's Michael

Comment by Bud Parker on November 11, 2011 at 2:46am

Folks, it is sort of like sitting on the porch whittling on a stick.  Our Federal Government has, over a period of many decades, whittled on the stick of States Rights and individual freedom, stroke by stroke.  Just a little at a time, law by law, regulation by regulation, unconstitutional act by unconstitutional act.  The intent of Limited Federal Authority has been an inconvenient thorn in the side of bureaucrats since the beginning.

Now we see an escalation in the usurpation of authority by an illegal Administration supported by a greedy and corrupt Congress.  Where are the true patriots in Congress?  Where are the conservatives?  Where are the Right leaning Republicans?  No Member stands to be recognized against a corrupt, illegal, unconstitutional structure of government.  The rare few that have done so have been marginalized and push into a back corner; especially by the Media.

If you wondered if a coup was forthcoming, you have been asleep.  The Coup is over.  Our nation has been taken without a shot being fired.  Welcome to the New America.  Now what are we going to do? Stand around and discuss our plight for another 70 years?  I hope not.

Comment by Michael R Oberndorf, RPA on November 10, 2011 at 2:57pm

We have corruption rampant in all 3 branches of government, and NO ONE in government willing to stand up and say "NO, WE WON'T!" As citizens, our choices for the future become fewer and fewer...

Comment by Rick Perry on November 10, 2011 at 9:36am

Jarhead it's just like George Washington said, Parties would destroy out Republic. That is the root cause of all of this. That and the fact that the "elites" think they are smarter than everyone else. 

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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