Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) “doesn’t worry about the Constitution”
Recently, Illinois Congressman Phil Hare (representing the 17th District of Illinois) was specifically asked where in the Constitution he finds the authority to implement President Obama’s health-care bill. Congressman Hare’s response would be shocking if it didn’t simply confirm what many of us have long expected:
“I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest.”
He then proceeds to regale all of us with his infinite wisdom and states that “I believe that it [the Constitution] says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” No, Congressman Hare. That’s actually in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. When a helpful bystander informed Congressman Hare about this fact, the esteemed Congressman responded that “it doesn’t matter to me.”
Congressman Hare finally got around to answering the question of where in the Constitution Congress is given the authority to regulate health care: ”I don’t know.” Thank you, Congressman. That’s what I thought.
I suppose Congressman Hare has simply forgotten the oath that he took when he entered into his office:
“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.”
So help him God, indeed.
Anyone who lives in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District would do well to throw Congressman Hare out on his ear in November.
For anyone who wants to watch the conversation, see the link below:
Andy Quesnelle spent most of his early childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1992. He has lived in Pittsburgh ever since, except for the 7-year period during which he was in college and law school. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. His primary areas of concentration were Colonial American History, 20th Century U.S. History, and American politics and government. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2006.
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