Kurt Nimmo
March 26, 2010

It is a sad and frightening commentary on the state of the nation. As the video below demonstrates, our elected representatives are clueless about the Constitution, which they are sworn to uphold.

CNSNews interviewed John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and asked him where in the Constitution is it states that the federal government has the authority to force Americans to buy a product. See the video:

“Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others,” Conyers responded. “All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”

There is no such clause in the Constitution. Conyers made it up.

As noted by CNSNews, the word “good” only appears once in the Constitution, in Article 3, Section 1, which deals with the Judicial Branch, not the powers of Congress. Article 3, Section 1 says in part: “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

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In 1994, when Congress was studying Hillary Clinton’s effort to violate the Constitution and force Americans to purchase health care, the Congressional Budget Office wrote: “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”

Before he was allowed to represent the people of the state of Michigan, John Conyers repeated the following under oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Conyers swore an oath to a document that he apparently did not read and does not understand.

His ignorance is truly frightening and outrageous.

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