Skip to comments."A Dark Day for American Liberty".....Statement by VA AG Ken Cuccinelli
Posted on 06/28/2012 11:05:06 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty.
This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.
This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines - a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn't have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain. Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.
I am disappointed with the court's ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.
Stay tuned - I will be providing more analysis on this in the coming hours, as well as next steps.
The only path to appeal the ruling is in the Court of The Second Amendment.
While I appreciate my AG’s comments, I will be contacting him to inquire what SPECIFIC steps he will be taking to combat voter fraud in registration as well as in actual voting. I am sure The Unibrow’s hopes in this fall’s Senatorial race in VA rest on an assortment of illegals registering and voting for him.
How much trouble are we in???? How gone is the country?
Right now, a conservative whos been on this forum since 2002 is arguing with me via the private mail function that Roberts did the right and just thing. Because it is a tax its all good he says. I explained to him that what makes it unconstitutional is the fact that, yes, its a tax, but its a tax to do a thing which the fed gov is NOT entitled to do. I said to him that liberals and 5th graders dont know of limited, enumerated powers but I thought conservatives on FR did. Here is his next mail to me and my response
Dr. 2 Brains: THE FED GOV HAS ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AUTHORITY TO TAX AMERICANS TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, OR SS, OR MEDICARE, OR WELFARE, OR NEEDLES FOR CRACK HEADS, ETC, ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC
The idiot: Fair enough. Since Im so ignorant and its such common knowledge, etc., it should be easy for you to point out which amendment repealed Article I, Section 8, Clause 1, and the 16th Amendment of the Constitution. I cant find one. Or are you saying youre anti-Constitutional?
Dr. 2 Brains: It is PRECISELY Art 1, Sec 8 that makes obama care unconstitutional. That is the enumeration, genius. It limits the fed gov to certain enumerated powers, forcing health care down our throats is not one of them. You have a very very very long way to go in your education.
Tell your stalker that I agree with you, and that he should get lost.
Here’s the genius’ latest response...
“They dont force anything. You may choose not to purchase health care coverage.
And Article I, Sec 8, allows them to tax.”
It seems he is not capable of understanding the flaws in his reasoning. I gave up arguing with libs long ago, it does nothing but waste time.
what has just happened is that the idiot Roberts just gave each state legislature a great big, fully reasonable justifiable REASON to need to protect their citizens from the Federal GOv’mt.
someone here has already compared this loser with Robert Taney....who tried to devalued the black...
Doc...give ‘im this...
“Im sure a few states attorneys generals will now find the stones to make Justice Roberts get out his pen and provide the Courts Constitutional definition of just exactly what a tax is....and perhaps he can also find enough gray matter to explain to us why this special tax is NOT a head tax or a poll tax”
A poll tax (head tax or capitation tax, per U.S. English usage) is a tax of a portioned, fixed amount applied to an individual in accordance with the census (as opposed to a percentage of income). When a corvée is commuted for cash payment, in effect it becomes a poll tax (and vice versa, if a poll tax obligation can be worked off). Head taxes were important sources of revenue for many governments from ancient times until the 19th century. There have been several famous (and infamous) cases of head taxes in history, notably a tax formerly required for voting in parts of the United States that was often designed to disenfranchise poor people, including African Americans, Native Americans, and white people of non-English descent (e.g., the Irish). In the United Kingdom, poll taxes were levied by the governments of John of Gaunt in the 14th C., Charles II in the 17th and Margaret Thatcher in the 20th century.
The word poll is an English word that once meant head - and still does, in some specialised contexts - hence the name poll tax for a per-person tax
Won’t try to defend the “lunatic”, but as I recall, the power to tax is a separate enumerated power. In other words, there is no requirement in the Constitution that the taxing power only be used to raise money for another enumerated purpose.
Ken will be on Greta tonight at 10PM