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    Madison trumps Pelosi – so far

    12/18/2010

    Democracy and Power 101:  Government is power

     Government, in its last analysis, is organized force. – Woodrow Wilson

     

    Madison trumps Pelosi – so far

     

    “This is not an indefinite government
    deriving its powers from the general terms
    prefixed to the specified powers—
    but, a limited government tied down
    to the specified powers,
    which explain and define the general terms.”

     James Madison
    Speech in Congress,
    February 6, 1792

    James Madison was well-read and learned in political philosophy.  As America floundered under the Articles of Confederation, Madison specifically educated himself on alternative forms of governance.  Subsequently, he was the intellectual and political force creating the Constitution of the United States. 

    Fearing the tyranny of government, Madison advocated for a defined and limited government dedicated to the preservation of individual liberty. Nearly 40 years after creating the Constitution, Madison continued to fear the misuse of the overwhelming power of government.  In a speech to Viriginia State Convention in 1829-1830, Madison said: The essence of Government is power; power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

    Then compare the scholarly and knowledgeable Madison to the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, as CNS News reported on the constitutionality of ObamaCare: 

    CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

    Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?"

    CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am."

    Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Later, her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, said:  …“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”

     Recently, a federal judge has considered the Constitutionality of ObamaCare.  The Wall Street Journal reports

     …, Judge Henry Hudson declared that ObamaCare's core enforcement mechanism known as the individual mandate…exceeds Congress's authority to regulate the lives of Americans.

    "The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision [the individual mandate] would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers," Judge Hudson writes. "At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance—or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage—it's about an individual's right to choose to participate."

    At this moment, at least one Federal judge has ruled Pelosi, Reid, Obama and their minions have violated he restrictions of The Constitution of the United States.  This ruling is merely the intellectual and factual pronouncement of one judge, which upholds James Madison’s Constitution of limited and enumerated powers.

    Beware, all institutions incrementally abuse their power, including the judiciary.  The Supreme Court has become increasingly political.  Today, most Supreme Court observers anticipate four justices in favor of expanding the power of Congress and four opposed.  Justice Kennedy is the unknown.  The final ruling will be one of the most important in the 220 years history of the Supreme Court.   As Judge Hudson stated: “-- it's about an individual's right to choose to participate."

     Do we have freedom to choose not to participate in the government mandated insurance scheme or do Pelosi, Reid, Obama and their underling, using the coercive power of government, force us to comply?