Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Uses Rogue Retort While Violating Your Rights

Kathleen Sebelius looked the fool in a committee hearing. Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) asked the Secretary of Human and Health Services where in the Constitution she derives her power to mandate religious organizations to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion inducing drugs. Sebelius responded that she isn’t a Constitutional scholar and that she acted upon the advice of “lawyers.”

How many times have we heard rogues like Kathleen Sebelius resort to this line of defense? The Constitution is not that long; it’s about six pages, not including amendments. It’s not that difficult. But there are people who resent having their power limited, and they need lawyers to circumvent the law of the land and impose their will upon all of us.

When Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the United State in the early 1800’s, he wrote about Americans and their familiarity with the U.S. Constitution and the defining roles of federal, state and local governments.

Here is an excerpt from his Democracy in America:

Once the general theory is well understood, the difficulties of applying it remain; these are countless because the sovereignty of the Union is so entwined in that of the states that it is impossible at first glance to see its limits. Everything in such a government is arbitrary and contrived and it can only suit a nation long accustomed to self-government and where political science reaches right down to the lowest rungs of society. Nothing has made me admire the good sense and practical intelligence of the Americans more than the way they evade the countless difficulties which derive from their federal constitution. I have scarcely ever encountered a single man of the common people in America who did not perceive with surprising ease the obligations entailed in the laws of Congress and those which owe their beginnings to the laws of his own state, nor who could not separate the matters belonging to the general prerogatives of the Union from those regulated by his local legislature and who could not point to where the competence of the federal courts begins and the limitation of the state tribunals ends.

Isn’t it funny that the common citizen in the 1800’s didn’t have to consult a constitutional lawyer to verify the role of government with Tocqueville? Ask that question today, and you’ll get a perplexed look and a bill from the firm Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.Source:

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