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January 26, 2011

More Republican Perfidy

Filed under: Education,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:14 pm
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Many have commented on a particular section of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) response to President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech (excerpted below).

“So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders, in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and in the words of the American Constitution.
They have to do with the importance of limited government and with the blessing of self-government.
We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense: to secure our borders, to protect innocent life, to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights, to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.”

Most who have commented focused on the “to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves” gaff that Republicans like Ryan actually wish were done away with. But there is more here. Republicans and other conservatives frequently try to wrap themselves in “the original intent” of the framers of the constitution. Interestingly, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the court’s staunchest defender of “Original Intent,” had just previously addressed a “closed doors” meeting of the House’s Tea Party Caucus (about what we don’t know) before he boycotted the State of the Union speech as being too political.

There is only one problem and our own history has documented this to excess. During the ratification of the Constitution, the main topic, the prime topic, of discussion was that the framers had drafted up a document for a powerful central government, which was not even part of their charge. Rep. Ryan’s idea of “limited government” lost out when the Constitution was ratified because the idea of limited government is not in it. All political powers not given the federal government are given to the state governments and, as such, government rules everything! One need only look at Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 of the Constitution to understand the original intent of the Constitution’s framers. Here it is:

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

This is in the section in which the Congress’s powers are enumerated and is the clause that makes the new health care law legitimate (not the commerce clause as others claim). The other phrase needed is just that the purpose of government is to “promote the general Welfare.”

Limited government was the farthest thing from the minds of the people responsible for the text of the Constitution, in fact, their primary concern was to provide appropriate powers to future generations to deal with problems which they could not foresee.

Maybe it is because Republicans would lose if they actually made a factual appeal to the Constitution (and the documents supporting the positions of the framers of said) that they blithely rewrite the document to make it into what they think it should be. Rep. Ryan should know that nowhere in the Constitution is any mention of “to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves” or “to protect innocent life.” But they have convinced themselves that the Constitution bans abortions (He really meant “to protect innocent unborn life.”) and authorizes some sort of welfare state.

How can these people’s ignorance be any worse? Ah, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)! She thinks the founders cleaned up that slavery thing and the Civil War was about . . . civility, I guess.
These attempts, juvenile as they are, are just attempts of these scoundrels to wrap themselves in authority to do what they want to do, legitimate or not.

What I find most appalling is that these geniuses think we don’t notice their base perfidy.


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