Stark, Raving Lunatic

At a July 24 California town hall meeting, referring to the mandate in the federal health care bill requiring Americans to purchase medical insurance, Kymberleigh Korpus asked U.S. Rep Pete Stark (D/CA):

"If this legislation is constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government's ability to tell us how to run our private lives?"

Stark's reply: "I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life."

Ms Korpus asked: "... if the government can do this, what can't they? Is your answer that they can do anything?"

Pete Stark, elected (19 times) to represent the people of California, responded: "The federal government, yes, can do most anything in this country."

As the boos died down, a comment was made that he, and people that think like him, "are destroying this nation."

Pete Stark responded: "And I guess you're here to save it. And that makes me very uncomfortable."

Well, Mr Stark. Your idea of an all-powerful federal government does not in any way resemble the Constitution you have sworn (19 times) to uphold.

The Constitution is quite specific about what powers each branch of the federal government has.

The 10th Amendment: "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."

The government exists to serve the people, not the other way around.

Those who believe as Mr. Stark does are indeed destroying this country.

Note:
This is the same guy who last week said denying jobs to illegal aliens could be unconstitutional.

This is the same guy who in 2007, said on the House floor
that the Bush administration was going to spend money "to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

Comments

Anonymous said…
Most developed countries have public health insurance. I understand this fear of big government is a unique American trait, but I have to question whether a society is truly civilised if it is unwilling to save the lives of the sick and the infirm, when it has the resources to do so. This is behaviour that you would expect in a post-apocalyptic world.

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