At Least Three People Who Need Remedial Elementary Social Studies Classes

CNS News has been asking a simple question to anyone in Congress they can get a minute with to ask. It’s simple. “Federally, if you look at it from a federal standpoint, what area, specifically of the Constitution, would give Congress the power to mandate an individual to have health insurance?”

When they asked Nancy Pelosi, she was aghast. All she could muster was a stunned, “Are you kidding?”

Then comes Roland Burris, the stupendous Senator from Illinois. He just rewrites the Constitution:



It’s a stunning display of Constitutional ignorance.

As CNS notes, the word “health” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution:

James O’Connor, Burris’s communications director, later told CNSNews.com that although the word “health” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution, the senator was referring to the Preamble of the Constitution which says the following: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Burris’s comment “indicates his belief that the term ‘general welfare’ can be interpreted to include the health and well-being of American citizens, and health care in general,” said O’Connor.

That’s a typical response from a leftist. We’ve squashed that position here, here and here.

Then I get to hear Rep. John Boehner quote the Preamble of the Constitution. The only thing is, he’s quoting the Declaration of Independence.



The only thing worse than Boehner’s gaffe is Sanchez’s smug face reporting it. The liberal bias from him here is palpable.

Rachel Maddow also covered the Boehner gaffe, only she did something even more bizzare. She actually made the claim that there was no Preamble to the Constitution:


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Of course there is a Preamble to the Constitution. How many of you remember memorizing the thing in grade school? Weasel Zippers has the School House Rock video you probably used to remember it:



Remember that next time someone tries to tell you how intelligent Maddow is.

Look at all these videos and then look at the mess the country is in. I know correlation isn’t causation, but I think there is a lot of evidence here to justify the thought.

Cross posted at All American Blogger.

Duane Lester

Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.

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