Just wanted you to see and hear a man. Trey Gowdy. We need more like him.
"How does going from a Senator to a President, rewrite The Constitution?"
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Defining and redefining words are important to move along new social, cultural, and political trends for the purpose of......empowerment, a word I never came across until I heard some liberal p0olitico use it many years ago.
Lewis Carroll has some insights:
’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass.......
In a floor speech yesterday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said that the U.S. Constitution to be 400 years. Here’s what she said:
“Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.”
The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ratified by conventions in eleven States. It went into effect on March 4, 1789. The first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, were proposed by Congress on September 25, 1789 and were ratified by the necessary three-fourths of the States on December 15, 1791.
Listening to Sheila Jackson Lee’s historology...ography, the Constitution would have been drafted and ratified between the Founding of Jamestown in 1607 and the landing of the Mayflower in 1620.
Words.... But what does it matter? Most of our elected officials don’t pay any attention to The Constitution, Obama certainly doesn’t. It’s become a political prop...............
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) says that support for nationalized healthcare is constitutional under the ‘Good and Welfare Clause.’ Huh? CNSNews.com asked Rep. Conyers, “What part of the Constitution do you think gives Congress the authority to mandate individuals to purchase health insurance?”
Here was Conyers’ response:
“Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know -- I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know -- they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”
Conyers is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Chairman!
It seems t o me that someone who took an oath to uphold the Constitution would know what the Constitution says and means. Or at least be better versed.
James Madison explained the meaning of “general welfare” in Federalist 41:
“. . . Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars . . . .
In the entire list that follows the semicolon, there is nothing that even remotely resembles the social welfare programs that have been passed by Congress and signed by presidents.
So, here we have our original intent that debunks using the general welfare statement in the context of “whatever the hell Congress feels.”
I’m familiar with the “General Welfare” clause, but I don’t recall a “Good” clause. And if there were a “Good” clause, who would get to define it?
The Supreme Court found the right to kill unborn babies, not in the Constitution itself, but in the “penumbra,” the shadowy parts of the very specific document. So why is anybody surprised at a dating mistake?
Just a historical side note here from World War I.
In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause.
This message helped draw the United States into the war and thus changed the course of history. The telegram had such an impact on American opinion that, according to David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, "No other single cryptanalysis has had such enormous consequences."
It is his opinion that "never before or since has so much turned upon the solution of a secret message." In an effort to protect their intelligence from detection and to capitalize on growing anti-German sentiment in the United States, the British waited until February 24 to present the telegram to Woodrow Wilson. The American press published news of the telegram on March 1. On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress formally declared war on Germany and its allies.