The best thing about President Obama’s election and the recent passage of so-called “Health Care Reform” is that the elected representatives who believe there are no limits on government control, what government may tell us we must do, are opening their mouths and exposing themselves.
The Ohio attorney general, the highest law enforcement officer in my state, believes that because the Constitution does not explicitly protect us from government taking an action against us, they’re legally entitled to do so
I had to watch it twice to believe that I’d heard him say that the Bill of Rights does not give me the right NOT to purchase health insurance. Therefore, according to his logic, the government may compel me by force to purchase anything it thinks I should have. This is an incredible, nearly unbelievable assbackwards bastardization of the Constitution. The whole point of the 9th and 10th amendments is that the states and we the people retain the power, and any rights we don’t explicitly loan to the federal government.
IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
X. 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.
These last two items in the Bill of Rights are there for a very specific reason: The Constitution spells out for the federal government specific (enumerated) powers. The rest are retained by the people. Mr. Cordray seems to believe exactly the opposite: if the Constitution does not specifically prohibit an action by the federal government, then the federal government has the power to enact and enforce legislation concerning the unenumerated area of human behavior. In other words, all authority, rights, and power begin with the federal government, and are granted to the people as the government sees fit. That is precisely the opposite of what the 9th and 10th amendments are crystal clear on.