Illinois Democrat: Hey, you’re totally misreading what I said about the Constitution

posted at 6:46 pm on April 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not the first time this week that a Democrat’s tried to convince you that you didn’t hear what you just heard. Remember Hank Johnson’s instant classic about Guam tipping over, replete with illustrative hand gestures and the use of the word “capsize”? Turns out it was a subtly humorous metaphor that only appeared to be serious to, er … everyone who watched it. Same here with Phil Hare: As predicted, his spin is that he said he doesn’t worry about the Constitution on this, i.e. ObamaCare — not that he doesn’t worry about the Constitution generally. Basically, he wants you to believe that he looked into the constitutional issues surrounding the mandate, etc., and is satisfied that O-Care passes legal muster. The only problem? It’s a transparent lie. Follow the last link and watch the original video again. He flatly says (with clear irritation) that he doesn’t know which parts of the Constitution empowered Congress to pass this thing, and the whole thrust of his shpiel during the clip is that he doesn’t care. People need coverage and that’s enough of a moral imperative to him to trump any constitutional concern. Nor is there anything “out of context” about the clip. It picks up with the cameraman injecting a question about the Constitution and rolls until Hare leaves. QED.

Good job in glancing down at his notes repeatedly here, though, just to add that persuasive “I’ll say whatever my cronies tell me to say to make this go away” vibe.


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whatever d-bagger.

elifino on April 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I am also convinced that all IL politicians are corrupt.

Anyone prove me wrong?

Cleveland Steamer on April 3, 2010

You are probably wrong, but proving it would be equivalent to diving into a one acre cesspool to recover a 1/16 carat diamond. Is it really worth the effort?

SKYFOX on April 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

OK Phil Hare, let’s assume you are serious. Let me tell you why you are wrong.

Let’s start with the idea that this Obamacare is Constitutional. The law prohibits people from purchasing health insurance in any state but the one in which they reside. That means that the law prohibits interstate commerce in Health Care. So please explain to me how the interstate commerce clause applies to a market where interstate commerce is explicitly prohibited?

So even if you might be able to wiggle out of that one. let’s talk about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for a moment. You claim Phil that these are Constitutionally guaranteed. But that is incorrect. They are inalienable rights specified in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. So while the American philosophy pays homage to those precepts, they are not explicitly codified in law. They are not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Even if they were, I would like you to explain how the government ability to decide what kind of health insurance I can have and forcing me to purchase respects an inalienable right to liberty. I would like you to explain how the ability for government bureaucrats to deny me a surgical procedure that is required for my survival, based on fiscal concerns, is respecting my inalienable right to life? I would like you to explain how having crass and incompetent politicians in Washington is supposed to make me happy?

Phil Hare, you are a disgrace. Please retire and save the American people the trouble of removing you from office for your incompetence.

Hawthorne on April 3, 2010 at 2:05 PM

whatever d-bagger.

elifino on April 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I am hearing this term used more and more. I hope it sticks!

Pole-Cat on April 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

One cannot change what was said.

One cannot fix stupid.

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to see this d-bagger get his political ass whupped in November. Please tell me he’s up for reelection in Nov.!!!!

Bubba Redneck on April 3, 2010 at 2:29 PM

To his political opponents in November:

Buy ALL the airtime you can and play that portion of tape over and over and over and over and over!!!

Bubba Redneck on April 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Stephens Smith (13 November 1787), quoted in Padover’s Jefferson On Democracy

Shy Guy on April 3, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I am hearing this term used more and more. I hope it sticks!Pole-Cat on April 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I think it will. I wonder if Anderson Cooper will popularize it??

iconoclast on April 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Ok, this guy is a complete tool! He doesn’t know the Constitution that he insists he is so ready to defend.

Vote him out! And hey, GOP, in case you’re still woozy from the stripper bar, the slogan in this campaign is:

“Hare today, gone tomorrow”

MochaLite on April 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM

There does seem to be quite a few complete idiots in the Democratic Party these days.

WisCon on April 3, 2010 at 4:29 PM

We don’t have to pay this tools pension and healthcare for life do we. That has to be at the top of the adgenda for any new congress critter or Senate scumbag. Two terms only and minimal retirement pay, very minimal and oh yea they go on Obamacare. Good enough for the masses good enough for their employees.
No more votin themselves raises either!
Scum All!

dhunter on April 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I actually used to live in one of the towns in this man’s congressional district. I lived there for a year. As an outsider, I wasn’t too thrilled to be there. But never would I think that the people there would stoop so low to elect this pathetic thing.

The only thing I can figure out is that they’re all on the government dole and have no self-respect. A little like Murtha’s district. Majority white districts whose citizens simply don’t care how their representative embarrasses them. It’s all “gimme, gimme, gimme”. Just bring the subsidies and the pork home, baby.

chris999 on April 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM

“I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to see this d-bagger get his political ass whupped in November. Please tell me he’s up for reelection in Nov.!!!!”

Doesn’t matter. The area (Illinois Quad Cities, Quincy, ect) has been in long term decline, for decades, and have elected socialists for that long, also.

Basically a district of welfare recipients.

MNHawk on April 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Hare Brain

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Hare Brain

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Dude! that’s awesome! The Hogan’s Heroes group picture on the shelf is a nice touch.

Guardian on April 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Thank you kindly.

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Thank you kindly.

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:18 PM

That’s fantastic. have you done any other Photoshops of other politicians? Link?

Red State State of Mind on April 3, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Hare Brain

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Thats funnnnnnnny ;-)
specially his family members !

macncheez on April 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Red State State of Mind on April 3, 2010 at 6:27 PM
macncheez on April 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Again, thank you all kindly.
Yes, I have scads of them. It’s my therapy to attempt to remain sane in a world gone mad.

Here are some of them. I have others lying about somewhere.

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM

You should never tell anyone you served. Why? Because you re-enforce the stereo-type that military men are stupid and uninformed. Worse, you seemingly are proof that it was the best job you could get at the time, and then got elected for the sole reason that you can follow orders from on-high.

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Here are some of them. I have others lying about somewhere.

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM

# 33 is a keeper

Did you see Hare-brain’s baby pic ?

He has one tingly finger

macncheez on April 3, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Listen you fat old white man who ignores your Oath of Office.

YOU’RE FIRED.

Get it? Got it? Good!

Key West Reader on April 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Hare Brain

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Still laughing … :D

Shiny_Tiara on April 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM

This mindless POS lying to try to save his ass is just incredible. His constituents must be as mindless as he is.

belad on April 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Hare Brain

justltl on April 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

As a certain hare ,might say….Ehhhh…What’s up dunce?

Fighton03 on April 3, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Just a little heads up: This fat slob is flipping the people he’s apologizing to — The Bird, just like his buddy B. Hussein Obama likes to flip off his critics..

flameofjudah on April 4, 2010 at 1:19 AM

The picture on the wall behind this POS says it all.

Col.John Wm. Reed on April 4, 2010 at 8:52 AM

.

Who is the guy in the picture behind him?

.

papa_giorgio on April 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Is it just me or was his left hand giving us the finger during much of his video?

ErpichtAuf on April 4, 2010 at 10:42 AM

.

HA! ErpichAuf… He Is!

.

papa_giorgio on April 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM

papa_giorgio on April 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Hubert Humphrey

Marcus on April 4, 2010 at 11:42 AM

As a certain hare ,might say….Ehhhh…What’s up dunce?

Fighton03 on April 3, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Ha!
Good one, miss!

justltl on April 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The good news is less obvious, but just as important: While we rightly fear a too-powerful government, this regulatory knowledge problem will ensure plenty of public stumbles and embarrassments, helping to remind people that those who seek to rule us really don’t know what they’re doing.

If that doesn’t encourage skepticism toward big government, it’s hard to imagine what will

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I’m sure Anderson won’t understand the d. He be more comfortable with e-bagger,as in enema.

elifino on April 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Personally, I’m a big fan of the “good and plenty” clause.

Skipper50 on April 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The true you is what usually pops out when you\’re not thinking very carefully about what you\’re spouting.

flataffect on April 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Another idiot politician from Illinois is Rod Blagojevich.
I’m watching the Apprentice and Rod does not know how to use a computer. Unbelievable.

redridinghood on April 4, 2010 at 9:59 PM

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.“

Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Stephens Smith (13 November 1787), quoted in Padover’s Jefferson On Democracy

Shy Guy on April 3, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Ooh, you’re gonna get TJ banned, man. That kinda talk is disloyal, or so I’ve heard.

Midas on April 4, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Chain letter to start—

How Long Do We Have? How Will You Prepare?
About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through
the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
1. Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million;
2. Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000;
3. States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29
4. Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2 Bush:2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was
mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country.
Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in
government-owned tenements! living off government welfare. “Olson believes
the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency & apathy” phase
of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency”
phase. Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

Pass this along

Ed Laskie on April 5, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Is he a superfan? How many heart attacks did he have over the weekend?

daesleeper on April 5, 2010 at 1:17 AM

The only thing stupider than a democrap are the ones who elect them! d-bagger indeed.

DanaSmiles on April 5, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Wasn’t this guy a consultant in Office Space?

hawksruleva on April 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM

It looks like anything put in front of him, he eats…he obviously ate the constitution.

right2bright on April 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I know the Constitution…. you don’t……………..stand by….. Armageddon is on it’s way…. Constitution wise.

MNDavenotPC on April 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM

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