This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
In an open letter to Speaker of the House Pelosi on October 29, Ken Klukowski of FOXNews sited the following.
“On Oct. 20, Politico published my column in which I explained how the individual mandate in the health care bill is unconstitutional, since there is no constitutional provision authorizing such legislation and it falls outside the scope of the Constitution's Commerce Clause.
Then on Oct. 23, a CNS reporter asked you, Speaker Pelosi, which provision of the Constitution authorized the individual mandate. Your response was, "Are you serious?" You refused to answer the question, and your press secretary later confirmed that you will not answer because you truly think it's "not a serious question."”
(The full letter is available on line FoxNews; further publicized by Americans for Prosperity)
The power which Congress is taking to mandate that we citizens purchase a product conflicts with the limited authority granted to the federal government by the constitution.
The Constitution, Tenth Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
We the People:
The federal government does not have this authority. Our country’s founders gave the people the power to protect the Constitution if Congress will not due so. We must convince those who violate their oath of office that we will take action and vote them out.