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  • Liberals Scramble to Avoid Talking About the Constitution

    President Obama has been accused of violating the Constitution with two high-profile decisions over the last month. Polling and reactions from elected officials reveal an important truth: the Constitution is a winning political issue – Americans respect it and want their leaders to adhere to it.

    Most recently, the administration has attempted force companies and organizations that offer health insurance plans to cover the full costs of contraception. For groups that have a religious objection to doing so, the policy represents a brazen violation of their First Amendment rights.

    But proponents of the policy are quick to insist that the issue is not Americans’ fundamental rights of conscience, but rather the availability of contraception. In an attempt to backstop that position, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC) stormed out of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Thursday after a Georgetown University student was prohibited from testifying about contraception.

    “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights but instead about the administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience,” committee staff stated, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) “believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”

    It stands to reason that committee liberals would attempt to shift the debate to one of “reproductive rights.” When the issue is the constitutional right to free religious practice, the American people are wholly opposed to the contraception mandate.

    Townhall columnist Guy Benson examined a pair of polls on the issue in a Wednesday blog post. He found that when the issue is framed as one of a “right to contraception,” Americans support the policy. When it’s about freedom of conscience – and freedom from government coercion against one’s deeply held beliefs – Americans oppose it.

    The fact that the issue is a constitutional one, then (even if one agrees with the policy, the constitutional issue is unavoidable), makes the left-wing position less tenable. Hence Maloney’s and Holmes-Norton’s desire to shift the debate to any issue other than the policy’s constitutionality.

    The same efforts are underway with respect to the president’s unconstitutional non-recess appointments. In discussing the move, explained Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) at a Heritage event on Wednesday, “Democrats won’t even discuss” the recess appointments clause, “its history, its purpose, its text, or even its original meaning. They want to set that aside.”

    While polling on the issue has been scarce, the rhetoric from the president’s allies speaks for itself: they insist on discussing supposed Senate obstructionism – never mind that the Senate could not have moved on two of the non-recess appointed officials even if they had wanted to, or that Democrats themselves hold the Senate majority and therefore set the agenda.

    Since the administration’s position is indefensible from a constitutional perspective, they insist on shifting the issue in any way they can.

    These attempts to draw attention away from the constitutionality of these proposals are instructive: in order to sell them to the American people, their advocates must avoid discussion of the Constitution altogether. The fact that that is necessary should demonstrate that the Constitution is still a winning issue for the American people.

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    16 Responses to Liberals Scramble to Avoid Talking About the Constitution

    1. Tommy Funebo says:

      Someone once said a house divided against itself cannot stand. Eventually it will become all one thing or all the other.

      Now you can take your chances being a conservative, and hope to vanquish the liberals, But if they win? It is looking better and better for Obama. The safest thing is to cut your losses and warm up towards states rights.

      Maybe, just maybe, it is time to replace the constant lawyers and soldiers in WH with a medical doctor.

      • Todd says:

        Nice "Give Up" attitude Tommy. Or maybe you are just a socialist like the rest of the Democratic Party.

        Better to be Red then Dead?

    2. It stands to reason that committee liberals would attempt to shift the debate to one of “reproductive rights.” When the issue is the constitutional right to free religious practice, the American people are wholly opposed to the contraception mandate.
      Townhall columnist Guy Benson examined a pair of polls on the issue in a Wednesday blog post. He found that when the issue is framed as one of a “right to contraception,” Americans support the policy. When it’s about freedom of conscience – and freedom from government coercion against one’s deeply held beliefs – Americans oppose it.
      The fact that the issue is a constitutional one, then (even if one agrees with the policy, the constitutional issue is unavoidable), makes the left-wing position less tenable. Hence Maloney’s and Holmes-Norton’s desire to shift the debate to any issue other than the policy’s constitutionality.

    3. Chas Kinbote says:

      "…he American people are wholly opposed to the contraception mandate."

      Actually every single poll shows the opposite. But never let facts get in the way of a good story!

    4. Jeff, Illnois says:

      Nothing brazen about it . . As a society we all pay for things that do not necessarily serve our own needs. Yet the needs of the greater populace is what's being supported. This is just another tired talking point twisted to find fault with the present administration. Ask women in general if they think this is a valid offering. The GOP can not stand on real issues, so it has to arouse it's extremist base with divisive rhetoric, over and over again.

      • Rick says:

        Where does all of this stop. Where in the constitution are we guaranteed anything other the right to pursue our own happiness. I am a fundamental Christian conservative. When I want something such as birth control devices I went to the store and bought never crossed my mind.
        And where does this stop? The answer is it will never be enough for the liberals who believe they have a right to access my money.

        • Jeff, Illinois says:

          As a so-called fundamentalist Christian . . you might want to further reflect on the notion of "my money". You are only a steward of God's resources are you not?

      • Stirling says:

        "As a society we all pay for things that do not necessarily serve our own needs" – Yes, but that is NOT how it has always been… and if you knew about individual rights you would realize that you and everyone else has been duped over the past 100+ years into beliveing that this is acceptable.. That is a progressive ideology which bore the entitlements (and Debt) that everyone is now saddled with. If someone told you that you could keep more of your money, would you say "no" ? Well everytime the government gives away more "free stuff" it's trampling on your rights as an individual to keep more of what you earn. Constitutionally you have the right to keep government out of your buisness.

        • Jeff, Illinois says:

          If someone told me that I could keep more of MY money . . as a rational thinking person . . I would hope that that possibility was not going to play a role in the further degradation of our infrastructure, our public education, our health initiatives, and our general economic growth as a nation. As usual, Repub's. oversimplify complex societal issues . . THAT"S THE PROBLEM!

    5. Perry OK says:

      It is above the LAW thinking that is leading the United STATES down the road to Socialism. Have a good ride, while it last. Enjoy the freedom of choice and all the other things like freedom that come from living here. It is going AWAY, slavery awaits just beyond the next election. So it is good knowing I can write this now but next year!!!

    6. lasttry says:

      Since when have ANY laws or violations of the Constitution stopped this adminstration? We as a free society just don't understand that these folks WILL do as they please and WILL defy anyone to stand against them. The Adminstration is doing what they KNOW is in our best interest and we should be grateful they have far greater intelligence to rule our lives. They don't feel they are bound by these rules as the rules are for the common people, not someone of their stature. There will be riots as the tax payers will have to fight off the people Obama bought and paid for, with his redistribition of wealth.

    7. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Of course the Dems don't want to discuss the Constitution. Obama and some Dems actually condemn the document they swore to uphold and defend. So why do Republicans, such as Lee, do nothing but talk? Obama has openly and deliberated violated laws set forth in the Constitution, yet no one, least of all the established Repbs, do nothing to correct the process, let along make any effort to stop him.

    8. RennyG says:

      I constantly see and hear about the abuse of the Constitution. I also see and hear about "discussions and meetings" about the wrong doing. WHY PLAY GAMES???? Just file for impeachment, just do it, what are you waiting for. If impeachment procedings were in process, how would that effect his re-election??
      He is a train comming down the tracks!!!! His Alinsky Model is working to a "T!!!"

    9. Mike says:

      I think the establishment Republicans are in on it. They also see a reversal of liberty, which I believe they want. Why hasn't Boehner been in the news? Even if the Republicans need to pay for the television and radio airwaves. They're doing NOTHING! NOTHING to stop or say 'ENOUGH" to Obama. The left has almost the entire media in their pocket. Thank God for talk radio. However this may not be enough because after the next election and if Obama is re-elected (as the media is telling us he will be), he will undoubtedly silence talk radio. Come on people. We're sheep. It's not about getting more tax $$ dollars. It's about control of the populace by the government. Money? Taxes? Give me a break, they can get that anytime or print more when the gov't wants it. No, this is about control of the populace and the eradication of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. When I see the Republicans in Washington sitting on their hands doing nothing to stop Obama, they are in for the fix as far as I can determine.

    10. Bobbie says:

      they've been working by the distortion of the constitution intentionally for so long, they pretend to be clueless to it's true meaning. Time for removal before it's too late!

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