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Constitutional Amendment To Require Congress Not Exempt Themselves From Laws They Pass (Vanity)

Posted on 08/30/2009 10:03:31 AM PDT by graceandfire

I have been lurking since 2000, and have not posted before. I haven't seen this posted as an idea, and think that it's a great time to propose this what with the healthcare debate, Rangel, et al.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: amendment; congress; constitutional
I haven't seen this posted as an idea, and think that it's a great time to propose this what with the healthcare debate, Rangel, et al. The American people are furious that congress would exempt itself from the healthcare laws that they pass for us. Rangel has dodged the tax laws without penalty, which we would never be able to do. A grass roots effort to enlist the help of a senator or rep would get the ball rolling. The idea just hit me and I am wondering what the (wise) others think.
1 posted on 08/30/2009 10:03:31 AM PDT by graceandfire
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To: graceandfire

This is a great idea. Don’t expect Congress to pay any attention to it.


2 posted on 08/30/2009 10:04:43 AM PDT by CWCoop
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To: graceandfire

term limits as well


3 posted on 08/30/2009 10:06:45 AM PDT by Charlespg (The Mainstream media is the enemy of democracy destroy the mainstream media)
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To: CWCoop

It’s long past time that members of Congress must also abide by the laws they require the rest of us to live by and that they pass. Maybe if that were the case, they would actually start reading all those bills before they pass them and make them written in more plain language that even a layman can understand. I think that such a piece of legislation would be applauded by our founding fathers. So shall it be written, so let it be done.


4 posted on 08/30/2009 10:08:38 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: graceandfire

I suspect that a constitutional amendment would be necessary. Good idea, in cany case.


5 posted on 08/30/2009 10:09:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: graceandfire

I understand the concept, but it doesn’t make any sense. For example, with the KennedyKare bill, they will simply add language that says “Any health plan offered to members of Congress shall be deemed to be in compliance with this section.” They are already ‘subject’ to the laws they pass, they just create there own loopholes.


6 posted on 08/30/2009 10:18:58 AM PDT by thefrankbaum (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam)
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To: graceandfire

I believe that there is also a Constitutional requirement that the President be “natural born”, but that doesn’t seem to have made any difference. We have a kenyan dictator sitting in the Oval Office surrounded by his “Czars” and wiping his butt with the Constitution.


7 posted on 08/30/2009 10:21:30 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - No socialist Bureaucrat on a Death Panel is going to decide whether I live or die!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you all for your input & encouragement. I will look into how this is done, but would appreciate any info, advice provided.


8 posted on 08/30/2009 10:23:15 AM PDT by graceandfire
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To: graceandfire

A strict reading of the constitution would reveal
that these actions are already unconstitutional.
So an additional amendment would only restate
what is already there.


9 posted on 08/30/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: graceandfire

Find an influential politician and propose the idea to him/her.

I might nominate Sarah Palin.


10 posted on 08/30/2009 10:31:21 AM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: Slings and Arrows

What about the 14th amendment? Will legal and /or illegal aliens be forced to comply with these mandates? Suppose, one could renounce their citizenship to avoid these mandates. Why should anyone be forced to accept government insurance anyway when one could never opt out? A person can avoid paying taxes by not making income, a person can avoid car insurance by not owning or driving a car. But, the only way to avoid government or mandated health care is to stop living? This is an impossible affront to the natural law and our God given rights.


11 posted on 08/30/2009 11:28:14 AM PDT by grumpygresh
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To: graceandfire
How naive .
12 posted on 08/30/2009 11:35:26 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK is our Patrick Henry }:-)
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To: graceandfire

Constitutional amendment would be a tough one — but if the RNC gets smart, it will cement this into the party platform for the next two elections.


13 posted on 08/30/2009 12:16:36 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: graceandfire

This should be law now, and I support it, and I bet a large portion of America would, democrats, independents and republicans...


14 posted on 08/30/2009 3:06:50 PM PDT by The Wizard (Democrat Party: a criminal enterprise)
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To: graceandfire

Rush Limbaugh used to regularly feature laws that Congress is exempt from in his show, so it would be surprising not to have seen this idea floated. That is, other than the fact that it has very little chance of actually taking place. “Lurking since 2000” — That’s a long time. Welcome to FR.


15 posted on 08/30/2009 5:27:29 PM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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To: lionheart 247365

“How naive .”

Sounds like a good idea to me.


16 posted on 08/30/2009 6:33:39 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Are we still the land of the free and the home of the brave?)
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To: Principle Over Politics

Yes ,,,, great idea ,,,,,, you’d have to be VERY NAIVE to think it would ever happen in our congress .

OK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 08/31/2009 5:10:20 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK is our Patrick Henry }:-)
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To: graceandfire

By the way welcome to FreeRepublic ,,, I mean nothing personal in my ping ,,, I still dream of a better America too . We should always strive to get there .


18 posted on 08/31/2009 5:17:03 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK a modern day Patrick Henry }:-)
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