The left are threatening to pass health care legislation in pieces (Wall Street Journal 8/20/09 New RX Health Plan: Split Bill). The strategy seems to use various parliamentary procedures to pass the health care agenda. One is reconciliation (simple majority needed) for other sections of the bill and filibuster proof majority (60 votes needed). As to what procedure congress would use for passage on the public option or exchanges is still unclear. It seems to me that congress is deliberately going to try and force a public plan without regard to the desires of the majority of free men and women in this country. There is only a mere 300 years of history including our own sacred documents that warn us against large intrusive government.
We are a Republic; we elect members of congress who in turn represent us in Washington . We are not a democracy open to majority rule. When government chooses to directly ignore the intent of the American people, discussion needs to take place with an option to check their power. The U.S. Constitution does not provide or authorize the recall of United States officers (senators and representatives of congress). Although it was considered, no provisions were made for such action. Recall in the Articles of Confederation was replaced with rotation in office during the convention in 1787. I see where the Supreme Court has nullified the argument under the 10th amendment clause although not commenting directly. The court interpretation asserts individual states never had the original sovereignty to unilaterally change the terms and conditions of service of federal officials agreed to and established in the Constitution. My understanding of the intent on the dispersion of power is that the constitution derives its authority from the states and the states from the people. This is the basis of our republican form of government and to be respected through fair elections and the RULE OF LAW.
It seems as though the agenda in Washington has not been in the best interest of the American people for the last 20 years. Washington has either become a shill for special interests, drunk on power or completely out of touch with their constituency. If any of these scenarios are true the government has become ineffective and hazardous to individual rights as described in our founding documents.
So it appears from various news services congress is going to ram this legislation down the American peoples throat. The same people congress works for. If this is truly the case we should look at constitutionally based alternatives. Options that hold public officials closer to the responsibility their office demands while promoting freedom not enslavement. Good legislation does not require force in most cases because it is not narrow in focus. I would suggest the states look into recall measures and begin the lawful process to incorporate these measures in their respective constitutions. A super majority of the states population would be needed due to importance of such procedures.
If commonsense were present this would not be necessary. Only when the Federal government becomes so detached does it becomes our responsibility and right to restrict their power.
Frederic Bastiat ”The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else. The doctrine that places the moving force of Society in the legislators and Government results in imposing crushing responsibilities on them in matters where they ought to have none. If there is suffering, the fault is the Government’s; if there is poverty, the fault is the Government’s – Is it not the general and sole motor of society? If the motor is not good, it must be discarded and replaced by another.
Thomas Jefferson warned George Washington in 1791 if the federal government was allowed to overstep its bounds with regards to the States “to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to any definition.” Keep government limited and close to home. That will maintain freedom.”
What domineering personalities do not understand is for the most part the American people want to be left alone. Therefore your side shows don’t resonate. That is why you have to be restricted. Three hundred years ago people much more learned than you crafted this form of government to protect individual freedom.