3rd Congressional District incumbent, and Democratic candidate John Yarmuth, appeared on Mandy Connell’s show on WHAS Aug. 27. From the article:
During a discussion on the federal health care bill, Connell asked Yarmuth where he believes Congress gets the authority to require every American to purchase health insurance.
Predictably, Yarmuth appealed to the commerce clause.
So Connell asked the logical follow-up question: what can’t the federal government do if it can mandate citizens to buy a product?
In a candid moment, Yarmuth provided a revealing answer.
“It really doesn’t prohibit the government from doing virtually anything – the federal government. So I don’t know the answer to your question, because I am not sure there is anything under current interpretation of the commerce clause that the government couldn't do."
Interesting enough right? Yet the article went on to state the obvious:
But as a supporter of the recently passed health care legislation, Yarmuth clearly embraces a broad enough interpretation of the Constitution to assert that the government possesses the power to require Americans to buy something.
Consider that John Yarmuth has a multi million dollar investment in his family's Almost Home business, run by his brother, and they derive over 80% of their income from medicare and medicaid payments, this is an alarming statement.
The healthcare legislation passed essentially requires that we must purchase health insurance. Guess who benefits. 3rd District Democratic congressman John Yarmuth.The fact that a sitting US Congressman led a major role in the passage of this healthcare reform, while stating that the government can do anything it wants to, surely should alarm all of us. In fact, there should be serious repercussions for any sitting congressman/woman who is allowed to vote on any legislation that they will directly benefit from in the first place.
And whether he realizes it or not, his elastic view of constitutional authority just ran him smack-dab into a very frightening truth. If the Constitution doesn’t mean what it means, it means nothing at all.
I can't say it any better. If we do not believe in the intent of the Constitution then we have serious fundamental issues in this Country that go beyond the divisive issues so many get hung up on. Indeed this goes to the heart and soul of America itself, and we must stand together regardless of party affiliation to get back to what the hell we are supposed to be about..
Yarmuth essentially asserts that the federal government has power over everything. This is a blatant disregard by Yarmuth, and in my opinion shared by many others on both sides of the aisle, of just what we are to be. It also explains why we are falling so much further behind and cannot seem to get on track as a people in our great Nation.
What once was the greatest Nation on earth is slowly losing its ability to remain so. Thanks in large part to the attitude now vocalized by Congressman Yarmuth.
If this statement is true as the author writes, "And the federal government has sweeping power – over everything. Also known as tyranny."
Then one question remains.
What will you do about it?