House Leaders Pervert Founding Principles

As infuriating and disgusting as the House’s approval of the Senate-passed health care bill was, it is perhaps more disturbing how the House leadership perverted the words and intent of our nation’s Founders in justifying their vote.

First of all, they thumbed their noses at the concept expressed in the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Opinion polls have consistently shown that the American people do NOT want and have NOT consented to the health system schemes included in this bill.

Then, in her closing speech before the vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned on their heads the beliefs our Founders had about the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. She contorted the meaning of that principle to justify support of the bill, when the truth is that this bill violated every one of those rights. This bill takes life, restricts liberty, and subjects our pursuit of happiness to the whims of bureaucrats. This is a dark day in American history.