What is he doing in Congress?

A lawmaker who doesn't care about the Constitution? How does that happen?

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This Congress isn't just openly flouting the U.S. Constitution.

They're openly admitting it.

Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., was recently caught on video saying -- despite his oath to the contrary -- that he doesn't care whether the new health-care law is constitutional.

When pressed about the constitutionality of the law, Hare says, starkly, "I don't worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest."

Wow.

Hare argues that he worries more about "the people who are dying every day out there that don't have health care." Surely he knows what a specious, cynical claim that is: No one in America goes without health care, not even illegal immigrants. That's the law, and it's rigidly observed in the health-care field. Those who can't pay get it free. Period.

Then, to join ignorance of the Constitution with his contempt for it, Hare says, "I believe that it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

One big problem: That phrase emanates from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

When reminded of that, Hare shrugs, "That doesn't matter to me. Either one."

Either one? As if the country's documents are interchangeable? Wow. More about that in a moment.

Pressed again about where the Constitution authorizes this bill, Hare says dismissively, "I don't know. I don't know."

Where does one begin? How about with impeachment? This is a member of Congress who openly, willingly and voluntarily admits he doesn't care about the Constitution, as long as he gets his noble way.

If we had 535 members of Congress who felt that way -- and the number is currently over half -- then what would the Constitution even mean? If Congress can go wherever it wants, so long as its roads are paved with good intentions, why is a Constitution even necessary? We're just making it up as we go along!

Meanwhile, the gentleman from Illinois can't even differentiate between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

That's another, very profound point: Rep. Hare wants to rest the health-care law's validity on a phrase from the nonbinding Declaration of Independence -- but he says the Constitution need not apply in this case.

This is the type of person we have making laws in Washington today, folks.

So is Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga. -- who was filmed recently worrying that adding more Marines and their families to Guam might make the Pacific island tip over and capsize.

We said earlier of Johnson's inanity that it's America, instead, that may be in danger of capsizing.

Phil Hare is a much better example of that very real danger.

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Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/05/10 - 12:13 am
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And that seems to be the

And that seems to be the attitude of most proponents of the Health Care Law: "We don't care if its unconstitutional, as long as our Supreme leader, Comrade Obama says its O.K. we are going to follow him, no questions asked." That attitude brings to mind my third grade teacher who used to say "Well, if Johnny jumps in the fire, are you going to jump in the fire after him?" And, God forbid, if you disagree with the Constitutionality of President Obama's Health Care Law and question its Legal validity...then you become anything from a sore loser to an outright known and unforgivable racist. [Period]

No chance of redemption for you. Your a racist, you've proven you're a racist, you will always be a racist, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Well, you know what, I'm sick and tired of hearing that crip; thus, please allow me to say that Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney are walking around without a brain-stem. Yes, they are totally incompetent as Representatives, and I really don't care what anyone says about my motive for saying so any more, when it is perfectly obvious that they have absolutely no business Representing anyone...they can't even represent themselves as "Sane." And as for Phil Hare (D) from Illinois--He is so far removed from what "Representation of the People" within his District means, that I can't even describe it with the English language. Please suffice it to say, that without our Constitution, and without the people, especially our Representatives, who are capable of the recognition, interpretation, and operation thereof, we do not have to worry about having a Health Care Law, OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER, because we will have nothing, and I mean nothing!

wyochuck
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wyochuck 04/04/10 - 11:49 pm
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watching phil hare on tv-"i

watching phil hare on tv-"i don't care about the constitution"--just about as crazy as nancy pelosi "we need to pass this bill--so you can see what's in it"--these "elected leaders"--need to think about going to work for "saturday night live"--our country is in deep trouble with people like this

KSL
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KSL 04/05/10 - 12:15 am
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The end justifies the means

The end justifies the means and others of the rules. Right out of Alinsky.

KSL
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KSL 04/05/10 - 12:14 am
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Illinois is/was a snake pit

Illinois is/was a snake pit of his followers.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 04/05/10 - 04:28 am
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It should be interesting to

It should be interesting to hear how the Obamanites rationalize this idiocy.....and you can believe that there will be some on here that do. This man's statements warrant his impeachment since it directly violates his oath of office to support and defend the very constitution that he says he doesn't care about...........but someone on here will come to his defense.....and the defense of their fuhrer.....mark my words.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/05/10 - 05:13 am
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I'm beginning to hear subtle

I'm beginning to hear subtle attacks on the Constitution by liberals. They claim it's meant to be changed, down playing the significance of its words. That, along with openly admitting income redistribution, shows what we are dealing with these days.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/05/10 - 06:03 am
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ADD to this Alcee Hastings

ADD to this Alcee Hastings "We don't follow rules we make them up as we go along" and this really is chilling either we are a nation of laws or we are not...Chief Justice Roberts calling out Obumbler for attempted intimadation of the judiciary during the state of the Union adress may bode ill for health care reform..

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/05/10 - 06:18 am
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Well, there you go, folks. If
Unpublished

Well, there you go, folks. If you oppose this in any way and call attention to the idiot statements of those who support it, you're a crybaby, according to LOBOSOLO. Of course, its all Fox News and Rush's fault. I can see who will get the blame when more "change" comes in November.

deekster
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deekster 04/05/10 - 06:22 am
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It is called "Situation

It is called "Situation Morality", or "In The Moment". It has been taught in public schools and even Fortune Five Hundred Companies for decades. And now it has permiated the "pulpit of America's churches". Along with "Values Clarification", these "theories of lifestyle" are making there way into all areas of life. Do what you want and feel like doing. Create your own morality that fits the moment. No rules, no boundaries only chaos and anarchy. Seems the Marxist have won. The "frog has been boiled". Stick a knife in America, because it is well done.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 04/05/10 - 06:29 am
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I agree that his remarks show

I agree that his remarks show that he has no regard for the US Constitution. A Congressman should never dismiss or even be confused about the Constitution but I'll bet he was confused. Although what he said was in the Constitution about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not, deprevation of "life, liberty or property" without due process of law is in there twice in amendments. So he may have been mistaken about his quote. That though, does not make him in the right in dismissing the most sacred document outlining governmental powers. Powers which this liberal government have overstepped.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 04/05/10 - 06:39 am
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Thank you lobo, for proving

Thank you lobo, for proving me correct so early this morning.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/05/10 - 06:55 am
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LOBO-There are no standards

LOBO-There are no standards of journalism on ABC, NBC,MSNBC AP, Did you know arctic sea ice is back to the same level it was 30 years ago? If you follow the alphabet soup journalists you would have no idea,and Obumbler is getting ready to work on cap and trade...

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/05/10 - 07:04 am
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I wonder why ordinary

I wonder why ordinary citizens are arrested and punished for bending or breaking laws and elected representatives are praised and rewarded.I guess that's the democrat way.

Whyisit
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Whyisit 04/05/10 - 07:06 am
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LOBO look it's the Chronicle

LOBO look it's the Chronicle no wonder.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/05/10 - 07:46 am
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Ever since FDR started

Ever since FDR started calling the constitution a "living, breathing document" the hard left has been attempting to change it with judicial fiat. The most famous effort to succeed at this point is the Roe v Wade effort, that has never been challenged in an unbiased court. This bill (obamacare) takes several steps toward "reinterpreting" the constitution in a manner not included by law. If part of it is illegal, all of it is illegal. The continuing comments of the uneducated representatives in congress will only make this bill easier to overturn when it is finally challenged. (after November)

GiveMeTheScoop
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GiveMeTheScoop 04/05/10 - 07:23 am
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Does it really matter

Does it really matter anymore? We have already gone second rate (world), now on to third.....As predicted and as history dictates, all good things must come to an end; its human nature. Its just not fair that all men are not of equal ability.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/05/10 - 07:33 am
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whyisit-how do you blame rep

whyisit-how do you blame rep hare's lack of regard for the constitution on the chronicle?must be a democrat thing.

disssman
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disssman 04/05/10 - 07:35 am
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I would dispute the ACES

I would dispute the ACES claim that "no one goes without healthcare and that it is a rigidly held law". I personally know that the largest Oncology clinic in Augusta will not accept patients without insurance and many of clinics refuse to accept Tri-Care, which is used by many veterans. Where is this law that they are citing? As to the Congressmans indifference to the Constitution, it was probably brought on by the previous administrations trashing of said document in the Patriots Act. P.S. why are so many people worried about a congressman that they never voted for and dosen't represent them anyway. Maybe we would be better off judging our own elected officials, or maybe it is to some folks benefit (our beloved stakeholders)no to do so.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/05/10 - 07:42 am
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dis-your apathy towards law

dis-your apathy towards law makers ignoring the constitution is part of the reason we are in this condition.I don't think you would have brain surgery done by a dr. that did not know anatomy,would you?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/05/10 - 07:42 am
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disssman, as long as you

disssman, as long as you insist on being tricked by CNN, your posts will be based on false information, making your conclusions suspect to the informed. Does this matter to you?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/05/10 - 07:43 am
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wizzardx1, you may have

wizzardx1, you may have answered some questions with your 7:42.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/05/10 - 07:56 am
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Don't these reps have to

Don't these reps have to swear to uphold the constitution when they take office?

Augustus
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Augustus 04/05/10 - 07:57 am
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Maybe he should be concerned

Maybe he should be concerned with the Oath of Office that he took when sworn in as a Representative:

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/a/oaths_of_office_4.htm

The current oath was enacted in 1884:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/05/10 - 08:40 am
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Scoop, I agree that all men

Scoop, I agree that all men are created equal at first but some choose to work hard and smart and some do not. Taking care of all those that do not by taking from those that do is not a top priority of mine. I do not believe in income redistribution at the expense of my family.

confederate american
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confederate american 04/05/10 - 08:51 am
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We were right in 1861 and

We were right in 1861 and even more right today,about our so called government take over.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 04/05/10 - 08:52 am
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Dissman. Tell us what part of

Dissman. Tell us what part of the patriot act is unconstitutional. Do you know what it says, or are you, as I suspect, just repeating what the media told you to believe?

mary dits
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mary dits 04/05/10 - 09:25 am
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tigger. do you argue that

tigger. do you argue that there isn't anything unconstitutional in the patriot act or are you quizzing dissman?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/05/10 - 09:29 am
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"please allow me to say that

"please allow me to say that Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney are walking around without a brain-stem"- many of us share that opinion.

mary dits
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mary dits 04/05/10 - 09:30 am
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corgimom, what's your beef

corgimom, what's your beef with cynthia mckinney?

chascush
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chascush 04/05/10 - 09:41 am
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SC has a congressman that is

SC has a congressman that is about as smart as Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill. & Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga. When ask if the health care bill was constitutional, Rep. Clyburn said, “The constitution has nothing to do with what we are doing in congress”. I’m ashamed to say he is from SC.

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