Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Bill Maher: 'Once A Bill Becomes A Law, You Don't Argue About It'
Oh yes you do Bill, especially when that law is unconstitutional and violates human freedom
by Larry Simons
October 30, 2013
Tuesday night on Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan invited on Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss a number of issues, one in which was the massive failure of the Obamacare website and Obama's clear lie that the 250 million insured Americans would be able to keep their doctors and health care plans under Obamacare.
After Morgan tells Maher that he understands both sides of the fence on Obamacare [the Republican criticism and the Democratic/Obama-supporting camp that is admitting it's been a failure but assures us all it will get better], Maher says this:
"It's not a bill, it's a law. I think the T people [tea party] think they know the Constitution. I don't think they've even read it. A bill becomes a law. Once it does, you don't argue about it."
Maher is definitely correct in saying that the bill became a law, but could not be more wrong when he suggests "you don't argue about it". Well, Bill, yes you do, especially if that law is unconstitutional. Many will argue that Obamacare is constitutional because the Supreme Court ruled it was. Wrong. The Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate to enroll into Obamacare was constitutional under their taxing powers. The Supreme Court never ruled Obamacare itself was constitutional.
Obviously, there would be no use for the Affordable Care Act law if there didn't exist an individual mandate to follow that law [or else, why would anyone purchase it? This is one of the main reasons why even Congress knows the law is bad. They need it to be mandated]. Likewise, there would be no use for an individual mandate unless Congress found a constitutional way to enforce it. Hence, their taxing powers.
The Supreme Court simply used a constitutional measure in order to mandate the American people to submit to an unconstitutional law. This is a very dangerous precedent in American history. Now, with this ruling, they can use taxing powers to regulate any behavior they wish under the guise that it's "protecting" you or "good" for you: Buying a certain car, buying certain foods or certain clothes. The Supreme Court gave Congress unlimited power with this ruling.
The law itself is unconstitutional because the federal government does not, nor did they ever have the authority, per the Constitution [the document Maher claims the tea party has never read] to regulate the behavior of any individual [i.e. to do a particular act, to buy something, etc.]. The federal government is very limited in its powers per the Constitution. The federal government is given only 18 enumerated powers. Anything outside of these 18 are reserved for the states. And the powers that have been delegated to the federal government by states can be taken back.
Quite frequently, federal laws have been nullified by states in the past. One of the most notable examples of state nullification was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. This was a part of the Compromise of 1850 which President Millard Fillmore signed into law. The Fugitive Slave Law basically stated that all runaway slaves, upon their capture, were to be returned to their masters. Many Northern states nullified the Fugitive Slave Law.
Other examples include the Embargo Act of 1807. The New England states nullified these acts in 1808-09 and also nullified the War of 1812 and the draft and refused to participate. A more modern example of nullification is President Bush's REAL ID Act. A federal law signed into law in 2005, but only 19 states participate in.
The likes of Maher believe that the federal government rules the states. The truth is, the states created the federal government and to suggest that the federal government rules the states is to suggest that employees rule their bosses. The entire purpose of the Constitution was to limit the power of the federal government. It was not to limit state power. James Madison said in his Virginia Resolutions of 1798 that the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 was the first to introduce the word "nullification" into the political vernacular. His follow up resolutions of 1799 included the idea that “nullification…is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers. Maher believes that the federal government has a monopoly on the extent of their own powers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, the very scary thing about this ruling [not just about the unconstitutional Affordable Care Act being made into law, but the Supreme Court giving Congress unlimited power to now regulate the behavior of the American people by taxing us on non-action] is that through the annuls of history, any time the federal government has usurped the power from the American people, we, the people have never got that power back.