In this video, a reporter actually decides to do his job and ask Nancy Pelosi what in the Constitution gives the federal government the right to force citizens to buy health insurance. Her response?
"Are you serious?! Are you serious?!" That's what she said.
Well, it isn't surprising, as most of our politicians — just like the people, whom they reflect — are either ignorant of what the Constitution dictates or of why it's important to abide by it. And when it's the latter, it's usually accompanied by a contempt for this "200-year-old document."
This is tragic because it places all our rights and freedoms in jeopardy — even those we hold most dear. After all, the Constitution is the contract we Americans have with one another, and it is the guarantor of those rights and freedoms. Thus, what can happen if it's rendered impotent?
This is why you don't have to "love" the Constitution to be a constitutionalist. I myself would change certain things about our founding document if I could, but I understand that until and unless we do so through the amendment process, we must abide by the current rules of the game. Because if we don't, the game breaks down. Simply put, for a constitutional republic to last, we must accept the proposition that we should abide by its constitution.
For a deeper understanding of the importance of constitutional adherence (something I've written much about), I strongly recommend you read "Why the Law is Foreign to Ginsburg" and "The Body Politic is Not Constitutionally Solid."
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