Ron Paul: Founders Would Be Horrified by Pro-Obamacare Legislators

by Ron Paul

Last week President Obama made some rather shocking comments at a press conference regarding the Supreme Court’s deliberation on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. His comments belie a grasp of constitutional concepts so lacking that perhaps the University of Chicago Law School should offer a refund to any students “taught” constitutional law by then-Professor Obama!

He said, “Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” It almost sounds as if he believes the test of constitutionally is whether a majority approves of the bill, as opposed to whether the legislation lies within one of the express powers of the federal government. In fact, the very design of the Constitution, with power split amongst two branches of the legislature which write the laws, an executive who administers the laws, and an independent judiciary which resolves disputes regarding meaning of the laws, was designed to thwart popular will and preserve liberty.

President Obama continued in his comments, “For years, what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, there’s a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

President Obama seems to misunderstand that the criticism of an activist judiciary is not that it is overturning unconstitutional federal laws, but instead that it is usurping the authority to intervene in areas, such as abortion, where the Constitution reserves authority to the states. In fact, upholding clearly unconstitutional laws such as Obamacare because the justices bowed to the “will of the people” or believed the individual mandate was good social policy could be considered an example of judicial activism.

The founders never intended the judiciary to have the last word on whether or not a law is constitutional. The judiciary is equal to the Congress and the President, not superior. Representatives, senators, presidents, and judges all have an independent duty to determine a law’s constitutionality. The founders would be horrified by the attitude of many lawmakers that they can pass whatever laws they want and federal judges will then determine whether or not the law is constitutional.

Additionally, state governments have the authority to protect their citizens from federal laws that threaten liberty. If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, I hope state legislators will exercise their powers to pass legislation allowing their citizens to opt-out of the national health care plan.

Unfortunately, even many of my colleagues who correctly argue Obamacare’s unconstitutionality support the President when he asserts the power to send troops into battle without a declaration of war, or have citizens indefinitely detained and even assassinated on little more than his own authority. Other of my colleagues not only cheer the unconstitutional monstrosity of Obamacare, but support the President’s actions to defy the Senate’s appointment powers, and legislate by executive order.

Even worse, some members will only challenge a President’s unconstitutional actions if the President is from a different political party. The defeat of Obamacare in the courts would provide a stark reminder that the limits of government are set by the Constitution, not the will of the President, Congress, or even the Supreme Court. However, the victory would be short lived as long as the legislative branch refuses to do its duty to abide by the Constitutional limits and exercises its powers to ensure the other two branches do likewise.

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  • The money supply has been increasing greater than inflation for many decades; well before this newest “recession”…interest rates were also suppressed – even if the rate was 10%, this can still be considered “suppressed” if the actual market would reflect this…

  • I know…it really is sad that people cannot see what is right in front of their face.

  • This is where you make yourself sound foolish by making over general assumptions. I do not pay into it because I no longer live in the U.S. nor do I use any such service. I have my own insurance and do not use tax payer money for my heath care. Also not everyone is in healthcare, you can’t just walk into a clinic and have a doctor treat you so again your statement is false. Yes and social security is returned to you when you retire, I don’t agree with it either. You need to learn “Republic” bud

  • LOL dude YOU ARE ALREADY BUYING IT, everyone is in health care, everyones in that market. the government is only mandating at the point of payment. those who do not have insurance are driving up the cost of those who DO have it….. thats not fair.

    the government mandates social security, medicare so its not the end of the world.

    and whats the difference if its state or federal….. ron paul supporters are against it regardless.

  • Yeah I know how you feel I use to be like you thinking gosh these people are crazy. But not until I actually saw it with my OWN EYES. Big slap on my face. I was truly blind to it all. It truly is rigged and no conspiracy crap this is 100% REAL. The evidence is there but some people just don’t want to hear the truth or they don’t want to believe it. The truth hurts. I don’t lie, I always seek the truth and research. But I can understand you cause I was like you….

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  • The founding fathers owned slaves. They would not be outraged by a health care mandate.

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  • Not this again. I would take you people seriously if you stopped with the lame ass conspiracy theories. It sure as Hell hasn’t done Ron Paul any good and only makes you look stupid.

  • Yeah it’s all rigged. But that won’t stop us RP supporters we know whats going on and anyone who is against RP is either brainwashed by the news or haven’t done their homework and research each candidate…We will try no matter what we will prevail! What important to spread the message!

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    I now think he has been paid off. (Who?, Who has won, with very little attackes by Ron)
    I can’t believe, I fell for it AGAIN!!!

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  • health care is always good….. healing is needed 🙂
    why should you die if you can’t pay money to live?
    I think you lot have been brainwashed into believing odd things about it…. healthcare doesn’t take away freedoms. it gives MANY freedoms 🙂
    peace

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  • robin

    It’s so very discouraging when he has been completely blacked out of the MSM. We have to do that job now anyway we can. Find places that get the most exposure. I’ve found major newspaper forums to be a great place to reach a large group of people-especially on the weekends when many are home and off of work. I keep reading about what’s going on with Obama and his birth certificate which apparently is now in the courts. Anyone have any info. on that? Funny how no one brings up about Romney who also is not considered a naturalized citizen either-father born in Mexico….