Pelosi: Never mind the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence authorizes Obamacare

posted at 4:05 pm on March 22, 2012 by Tina Korbe

OK, so Nancy Pelosi doesn’t actually say “Never mind the Constitution” in this clip, but she practically has before and she might as well have this time, too. While I firmly believe that the Founding documents are best understood in conjunction with each other (as Rick Santorum says, “If the Constitution is the “how” of America, the Declaration of Independence is the “why”), the Constitution is far more relevant to the authorization of Obamacare than, er, the Declaration of Independence, which is not a blueprint for government but a philosophical statement on the origin and nature of the authority to form a new government in the first place.

That’s all irrelevant, though, because the Declaration of Independence doesn’t provide support for Obamacare in the way Nancy Pelosi suggests anyway. Here she is, Ms. Obamacare:

First, she conveniently ignores what the Declaration has to say about the origins of rights. “We are endowed by our Creator,” Jefferson writes, not, “We are endowed by our government.” Then, she seems to think the Declaration references the right to “a healthy life” and the “liberty to pursue happiness.” Both of those phrases signify something different than “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration doesn’t say we have a right to be healthy or even to be happy.

Pelosi actually claims that Obamacare increases our liberty. She says it removes the constraints that a lack of healthcare places on a person. But a lack of healthcare doesn’t constrain a person in the same way that a government mandate does. On the free market, a person can take steps to acquire health insurance if he doesn’t have it. Under Obamacare, we’re no longer free to not have health insurance — ever. The choice is gone.

To listen to Pelosi talk, the nation never boasted photographers, artists or small-business owners before the Affordable Care Act was passed — but that’s surely not fair to Ansel Adams, John Singer Sargent or Sam Walton. They did it without the help of the ACA and other greats could do it without Obamacare, too. Again, the Declaration doesn’t say we have a right to success in all our endeavors. Nobody has the right to make somebody else pay for their health care.

Update: I missed this quote, but, apparently, Pelosi did specifically mention the Constitution today. She said Obamacare is “ironclad constitutionally.”


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Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin are being openly mocked by Pelosi and those like her. Pelosi is not going to win at this.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Pelosi actually claims that Obamacare increases our liberty. She says it removes the constraints that a lack of healthcare places on a person.

@Tina — The classical argument for Communism. It is impossible for people to have an equal voice in the Republic when they do not have equal economic power; those with more economic power control those with less. So it is necessary to redistribute all the economic power among all the citizens, so they may be free. How can a person claim to be free when that person is under the tyranny of those with capital?

You can tell her there’s no “People’s” at the beginning, i.e., it doesn’t read “The People’s Declaration of Independence,” but I don’t think it will help.

The history of the present King of Great Britain

ITguy on March 22, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I appreciated Glenn Beck’s position and intent, but I always laughed at him when he stood in front of his Washington, etc. posters and said “Violence is never the answer.” The truism in that context was just silly. I agree that violence is not the answer to our present problems, but those men behind him thought it was for their present problems, and when we read over the DI, it seems like we have already put up with more than they ever did. No quartering of troops, I suppose, that kind of thing …

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 4:42 AM

I’ve stopped wondering how irrational AND stupid people like Pelosi gain elected office. This is a national tragedy, that she’s still in one, an utter national tragedy.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Speaking of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin, wouldn’t it just be grand to be able to stand in a corner of a room where Pelosi was seated at a table with those three, or any combination of those three? I can barely begin to imagine just what they’d say to her. I do imagine that there’d be a great deal of laughter by any or all three of them at her expense, followed by a lot of intelligent advice delivered to her that she’d inevitably sputter about and be otherwise unable to understand.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:46 AM

Pelosi: Never mind the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence authorizes Obamacare

I just know that that conclusion by Pelosi was one conjured up in her office by a staff of assistants, all of whom were scrambling to rattle off any work-around they could think of to the looming Supreme Court hearing and decision on OCare. I can just imagine the tittering assistants now and Pelosi lording over them all, urging them on: “just find something I can use, just FIND it.”

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM

She says it removes the constraints that a lack of healthcare places on a person.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY?!

risingson4 on March 22, 2012 at 4:18 PM

“WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE.”

Remember that one? Sounds all too similar to Pelosi’s ~logic~.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:56 AM

I can just imagine the tittering assistants now and Pelosi lording over them all, urging them on: “just find something I can use, just FIND it.”

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM

If that really was the case, in a sane world, they would just lose without much comment. But the weird stuff from the court — pardon my technical legaleze — seems to come from left field. You can’t grow tomatoes and give them away because … the commerce clause precludes it. Abortion must be unfettered because … just a sec, we’re thinking … a woman has a constitutional right to privacy.

It looks from the outside like they just do what they want to do and make up reasons for it afterward. I’m just wondering what it is they are wanting to do this time. Maybe just cynical. :/

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 5:02 AM

I can just imagine the tittering assistants now and Pelosi lording over them all, urging them on: “just find something I can use, just FIND it.”

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM

If that really was the case, in a sane world, they would just lose without much comment. But the weird stuff from the court — pardon my technical legaleze — seems to come from left field. You can’t grow tomatoes and give them away because … the commerce clause precludes it. Abortion must be unfettered because … just a sec, we’re thinking … a woman has a constitutional right to privacy.

It looks from the outside like they just do what they want to do and make up reasons for it afterward. I’m just wondering what it is they are wanting to do this time. Maybe just cynical. :/

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 5:02 AM

I agree with you and actually meant my original comments (quoted above) to represent a scenario among Pelosi and “underlings” AFTER the fact: she seems to scramble as do most Democrats/Progressives to substantiate whatever they’ve already set in motion to find some ~plausible~ reason or basis upon which to support what they’ve already declared or done.

These crazed remarks by Pelosi — as also so many more like them by her over time — suggest she “just found anything” that “would work” to say when held accountable. She’s feeling the heat what with the Supreme Court hearing on the horizon, so she’s trying to claim some public sympathy with her, uhh, depraved followers.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 6:17 AM

But the weird stuff from the court — pardon my technical legaleze — seems to come from left field.

Yes. And it’s because of too many people like Pelosi who manage to “arrange” just who is employed in the Judiciary.

I’m beyond tolerant of the Leftwing’s infection of our nation. The earlier suggestion here in comments that we’ve already put up with far more than the Founding Fathers ever did (that brought about them founding our nation) is right on the money, because we already have.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Don’t disagree with any particular point.

And if that’s their best shot, at least we know that Zombie Pelosi will be able to escape from. “Your shoelace is untied!” might actually work.

… I have to joke Lourdes, or I’ll cry. :)

Almost over.

New chapter coming.

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Pelosi is an intellectual lightweight and proof that Democrat politicians should not have children that follow in their footsteps…

Khun Joe on March 23, 2012 at 7:23 AM

*”Zombie Pelosi will be easy to escape from,” or, “we will be able to escape from Zombie Pelosi” :)

Edit was incomplete, apparently.

Doh. Late.

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Pelosi is proof positive that there is stupidity before and after death…

insidiator on March 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I can’t stand this c**t. (Hey, if it’s OK for Maher to use it for Palin……)

libertarianlunatic on March 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

What kind of drugs is she on? Pelosi’s stupidity is amazing.

CTpatriot on March 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Us vs. Them

ITguy on March 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Bad link tag above… let me try that again…

Us vs. Them

ITguy on March 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

First, she conveniently ignores what the Declaration has to say about the origins of rights. “We are endowed by our Creator,” Jefferson writes, not, “We are endowed by our government.”

The first thing I thought when i read the title was, I thought liberals hated the Declaration of Independence even more than the constitution because it says endowed by our creator. It goes against, “Separation of Church and State”, which as everyone knows is a term liberals made up in the context of the govt.

jeffn21 on March 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Worthy of re-post:

Declaration 2.0

ITguy on March 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM

When we read/hear headlines such as this uttered by ex Speaker (the term shall remain for every Ex Speaker) Pelosi; always remember she uses here find and replace tool to take the words from any document she finds to support her idea.

MSGTAS on March 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Surely, she can’t be this ignorant. But apparently she thinks a majority of Americans are this ignorant.

JayDick on March 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Considering the source, Pelosi’s claim that ObamaCare is “ironclad constitutionally” might be the best news I hear all day.

Jeff A on March 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Liberals think Palin is dumb?
Pelosi seems to have cornered the market on stupid.

OpportunityCost on March 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Dante on March 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

You might consider backing down of the caffeine.

Wade on March 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Can we hope that she finds some way to make that argument before the USSC ? It would be worth any cost of admission.
After the Court rejects Obamacare, her comments should be interesting. No?

Jabberwock on March 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin are being openly mocked by Pelosi and those like her. Pelosi is not going to win at this.

Lourdes on March 23, 2012 at 4:42 AM

The sad thing is, looking at an electorate which gave Obama the presidency and the opportunity to implement socialism in America, I’m not sure she won’t win at this…

psrch on March 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Can there be a more morally corrupt politician in America today than Pelosi? Okay, maybe there are a few that play in her league (Obama, Durbin, Schumer, etc.) but none are MORE morally bankrupt than she is.

So Cal Jim on March 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Surely, she can’t be this ignorant. But apparently she thinks a majority of Americans are this ignorant.

Apparently she’s right about the majority of voters in her district…they keep re-electing her. And she’s right about most Dem voters as a whole. And her party works in collaboration with its operatives in education, media and entertainment to keep a majority of Americans ignorant.

hawkeye54 on March 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

but none are MORE morally bankrupt than she is.

Morally and ethically bankrupt…but far from financially bankrupt. Curious that. Must be some correlation.

hawkeye54 on March 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I figure with ObamaCare I can live to be at least 200. (Or, at least I’ll be able to vote for Democrats that long.)

JohnD13 on March 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

When confronted by this kind of lunacy, respond with http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/21/video-let-them-eat-painkillers/“>

Remember the socialist theme verbalized by various spokespeople for Obamacare during this Presidency: I do think that at some point you’ve gotten enough/lived long enough, and you don’t need anymore. [Unless you are one of the select few.]

rwenger43 on March 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It amazes me that San Fran could elect someone so stupid not to know the difference between the Declaration and the Constitution

p51d007 on March 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Pelosi:
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, paid for by some other guy . . . “.

BigAlSouth on March 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of Speaker of the House of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, a living breathing document that I can mold to mean anything I damn well please.

J_Crater on March 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM

When your ideology is bankrupt, your logic by necessity follows.

nico on March 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Pelosi’s brain died of old age years ago!?! Time of the old folks home, you old BAT!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Her first argument: protection against pre-existing conditions.

The pre-existing condition clause did not cost a trillion dollars, Madame Congressman. And I’m not aware of any effort to eradicate that particular provision. Every source I can find that is NOT a Democratic congressional website or liberal talking-point blog clearly states Republican support for the pre-existing condition provisions.

Her second argument: free preventive health care, which by free, she only means, 100% coverage by health insurance after paying your skyrocketing premiums.

Some health plans already offer this level of coverage. I recently had such a plan, and to keep cost down, the plan also had a sizable deductible before paying on most other services. But in the larger picture, if this really was the cost-saver they claimed it was, EVERY policy would have this. Why? Because if you lower costs, you increase profits (or lower premiums and keep profit margins static, in the hopes of attracting more subs). IMO the fact that so many plans do not, tells us pretty much the whole story on that.

Her third argument: seniors saving from the donut hole, which of course Republicans will take away, thus denying these senior their, what was it she said, $3.2b? Guess she forgot that, in order to make the bill appear deficit-neutral, they wrote the law to cut Medicare spending by $500b, and additionally to eliminate the perennial Doc Fix (a sham, since they just put the Doc Fix in outside legislation to hide its cost in this bill). So I guess they’re willing to reduce Medicare spending by $800b but God help your grandma if Republicans swoop in and steal back that three billion the BFD bill shelled out.

The Schaef on March 25, 2012 at 1:45 AM

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