Many of us have predicted that since the Obama Administration and its lackeys in Congress are emboldened by the fact that they appear to have successfully ignored the will of the American people and passed the so-called “health care reform bill” that they would come at us with more unconstitutional legislation. I wish we had been wrong, but unfortunately, it is happening as we thought it would.
First and foremost is the “Cap and Trade Bill” that Nancy Pelosi forced through the House of Representatives. This is HR 2454, a bill to impose massive regulations on American businesses and homeowners to placate the advocates of the now thoroughly discredited “global warming theory”. When even some of the most Socialist and liberal countries in Europe are having second thoughts about the concept of global warming the Obama Administration though Harry Reid, the majority leader in the Senate, has vowed that there are enough votes to force this legislation on the American people despite their opposition to it.
This bill, which is 1422 pages long, will impose large tax increases on the production of energy in the United States that will increase the average yearly cost of electricity for American families by anywhere from $1500.00 to $3,000.00 per year. Within a year of its passage it may also impose on American homeowners the requirement that in order to sell their homes they must comply with energy efficiency and water requirement upgrades that could average about $6800.00 per home. This is being done with no regard to the fact that many homeowners are already facing foreclosures because they can’t sell their homes for enough to pay off existing mortgages.
Congress has no authority under the U.S. Constitution to enact this kind of legislation.
However, that doesn’t seem to matter anymore. I said from the beginning that the health care legislation was not about health care at all, but about control of the economy and the American people. I can safely say the same about Cap and Trade. It is not about global warming but about putting more power and control into the hands of an elite few. As far as the Obama Administration and the leaders in Congress are concerned, we are no longer citizens of a free country; we are now subjects of an all powerful Federal Government. That is exactly what our Constitution was designed to prohibit.
Unfortunately, that is just the beginning. A new Immigration Reform Bill is soon to be introduced in Congress to provide those people who have entered our country illegally with amnesty and to provide them with a fast track to citizenship and voting rights. Congress has always had the power to control immigration in the United States yet, it has never before considered making people who entered illegally into American citizens on a mass scale.
The clear purpose of this legislation is to increase the voting block for a particular political party in a number of key states such as Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and California. This is being done when many American citizens are losing their jobs to illegal immigrants and despite the opposition of the overwhelming majority of the American people. Yet, even some Republicans like Lindsay Graham of South Carolina are apparently supporting this legislation.
In addition, there is the Financial Regulatory Reform Bill, HR 4173 that will once again give enormous power to Obama and his Czars to essentially take control of banks and other financial institutions. This will ultimately lead to the Nationalization of the banking industry. This has been done in socialist countries with disastrous consequences. Most of what the President and his Czars will be allowed to do will not have to be approved by Congress so once again the final losers in this will be the American people.
Other dangerous bills pending in Congress are: H.R. 45: “To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes”. In fact, this bill is so comprehensive that it would virtually destroy the right of individuals in the United States to keep and bear arms, a right that has recently been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. I personally find it interesting that this bill was introduced by Rep. Bobby L. Rush of Illinois. He is a long time political ally of President Obama, but he is also a former Black Panther and convicted felon who spent time in jail for a firearms violation.
Then we have several bills pending in the Senate and the House to establish background checks for private individuals purchasing firearms from other private individuals at gun shows. This is clearly outside of the Constitutional powers of Congress. There is also Senate Bill 773 introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia to give President Obama and the Federal Government the power to regulate the content of the Internet and to give President Obama the power to take control of the Internet entirely by declaring a Cyber Security crisis. What constitutes such a crisis is left up to Obama.
Add to this mix the rather strange Executive Orders issued by President Obama exempting an international police agency, Interpol, from having to obey some U.S. laws; the apparent attempt to take control of the National Guard Units away from the Governors of the 50 States and place them entirely in control of the President, and the recent order to make hospitals allow gays and lesbians to have visitation rights with patients. In all of this I see a pattern of the President usurping powers reserved in the Constitution to the States and individuals.
Whether you agree with these acts are not, the fact is that under our Constitutional form of Government these are the actions of someone who considers himself a Dictator, not an elected Representative of the people and the sovereign States of the United States of America. Yet, it is clear that not only is Congress unwilling to put the reins on Obama’s misuse of the powers of his office, this same Congress is preparing to transfer even more power to him.
As Americans who value our freedom it is incumbent on us to let our representatives in the House and our Senators know that we are not the ignorant masses they seem to think we are. We are well aware of what is happening and we will hold them accountable.