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January 19, 2011

Today Congressional Republicans have scheduled a vote on H.R. 2, the repeal of Obamacare. There is no sign of any hope it will go any further than that, but it will put every member of Congress on record as we head to the next election.

Barney Frank might call this an “air kiss” to the Tea Party. Frank would be right, and the Tea Party certainly deserves a kiss for turning our attention to these two related issues for the new legislative season: the Constitution and well-meaning-but-you-should-know-better government overreach that ignores constitutional boundaries.

Our political system is one of “limited government,” a wonderful modern invention. Because government power is not only useful but also dangerous to those under its care, we have found it wise to circumscribe that power by three factors: the rule of law, enumerated powers, and individual rights.

Those who govern us do so only under law, ultimately a fundamental law that we call the Constitution. Those who make the law must themselves submit to the laws they make.

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