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Laws Are Derived From the Consent of the People

February 25, 2010 by  

Today is the day set for the televised bipartisan healthcare summit in which President Barack Obama and Republican legislators are supposed to discuss a healthcare overhaul.

In the days and weeks leading up to the summit, Republicans called on the president and Senate and House Democrats to scrap the unpopular Obamacare reform bills being discussed in conference. The House version passed by a slim majority with only one Republican vote and the Senate version passed with no Republican support and only after ridiculous multi-million dollar payoffs to a few of Democrats ensured a filibuster-proof majority.

The reform bills are widely unpopular among the citizenry—only 38 percent support them, according to—and are nothing more than a sop to big pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, trial lawyers and unions. And their passage led to a revolt in Massachusetts that saw Republican Scott Brown elected to a Senate seat that seemed a Democrat lock until a few days before the special election.

But while saying he was holding a summit with Republicans because he wanted to hear their ideas one minute, the president was saying a compromise bill currently being debated behind closed doors will be passed with a simple majority the next. Clearly, Democrats are hell-bent on paying off special interests and don’t care what the voters think.

In Anti-Federalist letter No. 1, Brutus (New York Judge and delegate to the Constitutional Convention Robert Yates) wrote:

“In a free republic, although all laws are derived from the consent of the people, yet the people do not declare their consent by themselves in person, but by representatives, chosen by them, who are supposed to know the minds of their constituents, and to be possessed of integrity to declare this mind.

“In every free government, the people must give their assent to the laws by which they are governed. This is the true criterion between a free government and an arbitrary one. The former are ruled by the will of the whole, expressed in any manner they may agree upon; the latter by the will of one, or a few. If the people are to give their assent to the laws, by persons chosen and appointed by them, the manner of the choice and the number chosen, must be such, as to possess, be disposed, and consequently qualified to declare the sentiments of the people; for if they do not know, or are not disposed to speak the sentiments of the people, the people do not govern, but the sovereignty is in a few.”

Democrats know the consent of the people is not behind them, yet they continue to march in lockstep, obviously bereft of integrity. If Democrats ram through the Obamacare healthcare monstrosity it should be clearer than ever that America is no longer a free republic but is now a nation ruled by a few elites. 

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • drfill

    Even “consent” of the public does not give any government, monarch, or dictator the right to tell people what they can and cannot do. As long as people do not violate the natural rights of others, no restrictive laws by any government are valid.

  • HHH

    Picking parts of history to match your agenda, is hypocritical. The representatives elected to GOVERN are not always doing that, but worry more about their re-election…. and this is especially true now with the Republicans trying to be obstructionists. Hopefully they will open their minds and offer ideas, rather than more negative rhetoric. It is time for government to govern, and work for the American people, and not the special interests of the oligopolistic health insurance industry. The incentives need to be changed from profit motive to a healthy population motive.

    • Robin from Indiana

      HHH… With most of the health care issue being worked on behind closed doors, what would you suggest the Republicans do? I know they have offered some different ideas, none of which were put into the bills. This little get together today is all for show. The results could go either way for the Democrats. If the Republicans do not ‘compromise’ (with compromise meaning agree with the Democrats) the media will be screaming that the Republicans don’t care about the people. However, if the Republicans do not compromise, they are speaking for the people. It will be a toss up as to who will gain from this ‘meeting’….

  • thefedupamerican

    Guess there are some who believe Obama’s spin that the Republicans are what stopped healthcare and have no ideas. Reality is, Republicans have offered ideas again and again. Only to have the spin resurface from the WHite House that they have no ideas. If you say it enough, Barack says, it becomes true in the small minds of the people. Another reality is, Republicans could not, until Scott Brown, be ‘obstructionist’ because they didn’t have the votes. If healthcare failed, it was because it was a bad enough bill that even Dems didn’t want it.

    To expect integrity from any politician is wishful thinking. We need to watch these idiots carefully. We need to clean out the swamp that Washington has become and then carefully watch the replacements. Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely!

  • K. Murray

    All the polls I have seen over the last six months show that 58% to 60% of Americans want a public option. The polls showing that the American people do not want the current version or a modified version of the Senate bill does not mean the majority of Americans don’t want health care reform. The current bill is a gift to the healthcare insurance industry – not public option, they get 46 million new customers (those without healthcare now) who are required by law to have purchase this product or pay a penalty.

    Why is our healthcare a “for profit” business? If healthcare companies did not have to support shareholders, healthcare costs would be lower. Healthcare companies could make enough money to pay their overhead -including huge salaries to upper level mangagement – but at least take the “for profit” out of the equation. Then I would be comfortable with out a “public” option.

    • Carolina Mom

      Then, K. Murray, you are being lied to… 83% of america wants health insurance reform. That does not mean they want the public option. Most folks just want some common sense ideas to curb the worst abuses of the insurance companies… pre-existing condition exclusions, delaying payment of justified expenses, kicking you out of the plan if you get sick, exhorbitant deductibles, that sort of thing. 83% of America just wants to be left alone, with the insurance they have (perhaps not quite so expensive), but NOT a government takeover of the whole thing.

      BTW… Insurance companies profits are only 3.4% of revenue, that is very, very small compared to other industries… that means for every dollar of revenue they take in from premiums, their profit is less than 3-and-a half cents!

    • Carolina Mom

      One other thought… Health Insurance is a ‘for profit’ business because Health Insurance is a Commodity… something we can choose to buy or not. As in buying insurance of any kind, if we pay the premiums then we have a reasonable expectation that the bills will be paid according to the contract-for-services that we signed. I can choose the option to carry health insurance so that I can have help to pay for that emergency room visit if and when I may need it.

      The right to be “cared for” if you end up in the emergency room is not the same thing. That simply means that if I have a health crisis, the Hospital can’t turn me away for ANY reason, including the fact that I may or may not have health insurance.

      THIS is what is bankrupting our country today. We have too many “undocumented permanent visitors” and too many “I can’t give up my Iphone or Cable TV or brand-new Prius in order to buy health insurance” folks parking their behinds at the emergency room becasue they know they won’t be turned away.


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