Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kagan Selection: Unhealthy for the Constitution

Tony Blankley argues that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan must be defeated so that the U.S. Constitution can be upheld.
I introduce, as Exhibit A on behalf of this choice, the provision in Obamacare that requires every American citizen to buy a health-insurance policy. When the case challenging the constitutionality of that provision reaches the Supreme Court (as about 20 state attorneys general are currently attempting to accomplish by litigation), the government will argue that it is permitted under the power of the federal government to regulate interstate commerce.

They will be forced to argue that the mere inaction of an individual American citizen is an act of interstate commerce worthy of regulation. If that proposition is upheld by the Supreme Court, then we will no longer have a limited government. The government would then have the power to outlaw and punish (by fine or prison term) any American’s decision not to exercise, not to vote, not to eat four servings of vegetables a day — any human inaction would be sanctionable under the Interstate Commerce Clause — and then adios liberty.
Supporters of this mandate claim it is akin to requiring drivers to carry liability insurance.

Two differences:

1. States issue drivers licences not the U.S. Government. The feds are precluded from usurping this responsibility.
2. People don't have to drive. Driving is a privilege. Breathing, and being left alone to do it, is a right.

You want health insurance you have the right to buy it. You don't you have the right to live with the consequences.

No doubt, Obama expects Kagan to uphold his healthcare plan. Her views on the Commerce Clause and how elastic it is, ought to be fleshed out. And if she refuses to answer questions that she herself has said nominees should answer, she should be denied a seat on the court.

2 Comments:

Blogger jake said...

I suspect the federal income tax will be the analogy used to uphold Obamacare and expand the Interstate Commerce Clause, rather than state driver's lcenses.

It's inevitable that government-mandated health insurance will become as unwieldy and obtuse as the tax code. It practically is already. Aren't they talking about enforcement by IRS agents?

The Senate must not approve any new Supreme Court Justice who doesn't have the moral courage to limit the size and scope of the federal government. A good start would be repealing the socialist misadventure that is Obamacare.

May 19, 2010 at 10:39 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

The federal government can tax you under the constitution.

But nowhere in that document is the government given the power to require a citizen to buy something from someone else.

It is the commerce clause that liberals on the Supreme Court have hung their hats on to allow the federal government to exceed it innumerated powers.

May 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM 

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