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Illinois Democrat on ObamaCare: "I don't worry about the Constitution"

He says he doesn't care about the Declaration of Independence either, but it's the Constitution that really matters. Take a look at what he said in response to a question about the constitutionality of ObamaCare (hat tip: Flopping Aces):

Here's the transcript of the conversation from Flopping Aces:

Questioner: [regarding obamacare] Where in the Constitution?

Congressman Phil Hare: I don't worry about the Constitution to be honest with you

Questioner: Jackpot brother!

Congressman Phil Hare: Oh, you know what I care more about, I care more about the people who are dying everyday who don't have healthcare.

Questioner: You care more about that than the US Constitution?

Congressman Phil Hare: I believe it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Audience Member: That's the Declaration of Independence

Congressman Phil Hare: That doesn't matter to me! Either one....


If you watch the video you'll see the context in which Congressman Hare makes these comments. He is distressed about what parents with sick children and no health insurance go through. I appreciate and share his concern. When he talked about parents whose hearts pound in their chests as they wait to hear their sick child's diagnosis, he could have been talking about my husband and me. My daughter has three neurological disorders, one of which is hypotonia, otherwise known as low muscle tone. Hypotonia is symptomatic of hundreds of disorders and syndromes, some of them deadly, so my daughter had to go through all kinds of tests, scans, and biopsies to try and find the source of her hypotonia. My husband and I were on pins and needles after every test as we waited for the results. The most difficult time was when she was nine months old and her neurologist said there was a chance she might have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which, depending on what type of SMA, could have killed her. For weeks we lived with the possibility that we could lose her. It took a while, but eventually SMA was ruled out as was every other medical condition associated with hypotonia.

Having been through all that, I understand the point Congressman Hare is making.

However, his concern for sick kids without insurance, no matter how sincerely held, does not give him or anyone else permission to disregard the Constitution. He punctuates his argument by saying "we're talking about people's lives" when we talk about health care. What he doesn't understand is that when we conservatives talk about the United States Constitution, we're talking about people's lives, too, because without the Constitution the American people are left unprotected from the laws and diktats over-zealous, far left ideologues want to force onto them. The manner in which ObamaCare was passed demonstrates what's at stake.

But there's another issue here and that is Hare's (and all elected officials') honesty and dependability. The day he became a United States congressman, he raised his right hand and swore an 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."

Was he lying when he said those words? Did he even understand the gravity of those words? Who knows. What matters is that he was captured on video saying he does not care what the Constitution says, which is enough to have him drummed out of office.

He believes his intentions and motives are pure, so they are reason enough to warrant violating our Constitution. His intentions and motives are meaningless. Violating the Constitution no matter how well intentioned the reason is still violating the Constitution. If it's acceptable to nullify or suspend the Constitution in order to help sick kids who don't have health insurance, then it is acceptable to nullify or suspend the Constitution for anything.

ObamaCare is dividing and creating animosity between different groups of Americans. Some say this was intentional because a divided electorate is easier to subvert. They may be absolutely right. But what I know as a fact is that the entire episode was completely unnecessary because there was an alternative plan far superior to ObamaCare that keeps our health care system the best in the world while it expands insurance to people who want it but can't get it for whatever reason, all without undermining the very foundations of our republic.

The majority of the American people do not like and do not want ObamaCare and resent the hell out of the Democrats for forcing it upon them against their will. Sadly, they never had the chance to examine the merits of this alternatives because Nancy Pelosi, in a move only a tyrant could appreciate, made sure that what she wanted was what the American people got.

Update: Congressman Hare is furiously backpedaling now that video of him insisting that he doesn't worry about how ObamaCare fits into the Constitution is all over the blogosphere and the news media. It's an obvious attempt to save face that is, as far as I'm concerned, a waste of time. The damage has already been done.


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Comments (27)

I really like the part wher... (Below threshold)
HughS:

I really like the part where the Congressman's aide in waiting takes his coat before the Congressman gets in the car to escape. The air of royalty is astonishing after such an amazing display of ignorance and arrogance.

Speaking of congressional staff, what staff member or handler would let their boss sit at such a camera angle looking down on them in such a way? These guys are not ready for 2010.

Congressman Phil Hare cares... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Congressman Phil Hare cares about Congressman Phil Hare.

"we're talking about people... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"we're talking about people's lives"

Using that reasoning, why doesn't the good Congressman espouse the incarceration of all gang members? How about the incarceration of all dopers? Won't this affect "people's lives" for the better?

Once you get on that emotional reasoning slope, you can justify anything. After all, "It's for the children".

"I do solemnly swear (or af... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;..."

This is kind of a tough one for congressman Hare when his own political party comes pretty close to being one of those domestic enemies.

Since when does the Constit... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Since when does the Constitution apply to Democrats??

Had to laugh at a comment B... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Had to laugh at a comment Barry made in a speech today in Boston:

"If you govern by pundits and polls, you lose sight of why you got into public service in the first place"

This from the same guy who voted "Present!" over 100 times in the Illinois state senate in order to avoid taking one side of an issue or the other.

Sucks to have so many video... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Sucks to have so many video cameras around any more, isn't it? Never can tell when your words might actually get put out in context...

How long do you think it'll be before 'unauthorized' cell phones and cameras are banned in the vicinity of political gatherings with our congressmen? After all, it's for their protection...

Welcome to the new 'royalty... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Welcome to the new 'royalty'.
Now, bow down before your masters and may your chains rest lightly.

I think they actually believe they are above the laws that apply to the rest of us. In reality they are because they write exemptions for themselves and their preferred 'friends'. With statements like that they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have absolute power and are going to wield it 'for the benefit of society' and the individual and freedom be damned.

I think they may see the gathering storm of an enraged conservative electorate but still have no idea that they cannot master its control because they are the ones that have inadvertently awakened it.

"I think they actually beli... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I think they actually believe they are above the laws"

They are above the law. Seems every time they write one, Congress exempts itself.

Doesn't matter what he thin... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Doesn't matter what he thinks. He's toast this November anyway.

I think the phrase he's loo... (Below threshold)

I think the phrase he's looking for is: 'The ends justifies the means.'

Off topic but I was thinkin... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Off topic but I was thinking about gun safety. I have a job at a place where guns are banned. Most conservatives have jobs and I bet guns are banned at most workplaces. So when the liberals decide to round up all us conservatives and put us into their "reeducation" camps, they will know exactly where to find us and they will know we are not armed. All our guns will be at home so all they have to do is go there first and they will have all the guns they need.

BTW, I remember really enjoying camp when I was a kid. If the camps the liberals put us in have canoeing and horse back riding and a great swimming hole with a waterfall then maybe it won't be so bad.

Anyway, as far as gun safety, if I quit my job and let the government pay me to stay home and at home I'll have a gun to stop the liberals from putting me in one of their camps, would I still be considered a conservative since I would no longer have a job?

"why doesn't the good Congr... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"why doesn't the good Congressman espouse the incarceration of all gang members?"

1) they vote dem (just look at the New Black Panthers for validation of that)

2) As a dem he is in favor of enslaving the entire population and making them dependent upon the government for the essentials of life. Is there any difference between prison and that?

And yes, the dems believe that they are special and above both the law and the unwashed masses. They don't care what we think. They don't care what the law says because the truth is that the laws don't apply to them. They exempt themselves (Congress) from most laws. They won't participate in Obamacare. They will always get cut to the front of the line. They routinely fail to pay their taxes and they are used to the military jetting them around he globe to fulfill their whims.

How are they not like a royal class?

I immediately sent this mor... (Below threshold)
soozer:

I immediately sent this moron's challenger, Schilling, $20. TEEhee.

Hare (D - Rock Island, IL, ... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Hare (D - Rock Island, IL, 17th Dist.) says on his web site that this is "gotcha" politics and that he cares for the Constitution. He makes no attempt, however, to explain where in Article I (or elsewhere) the Constitution gives Congress the power to run heath care or impose a mandatory insurance requirement on citizens and their employers. He is from a heavily Democratic district where many union members vote a straight Dem ticket- even though their party's policies have dramatically cut the number of non-governmental union jobs in their area.

He's not likely to lose his seat just because he doesn't know the Declaration of Independence from the Constitution and never read the 2900-page Obamacare monstrosity that he proudly voted for.

He thinks it's "gotcha" pol... (Below threshold)

He thinks it's "gotcha" politics to ask him about the Constitution he belatedly claims to care about?

He thinks it's "gotcha" politics to accurately report his answer that he doesn't care about the Constitution he belatedly claims to care about?

The only "gotcha" here is the one he's played on his constituents every election night since he first went to Congress. Here's hoping his constituents return the gesture this November.

What do you know -an honest... (Below threshold)
Don L:

What do you know -an honest democrat!

I suppose Obama was too when he bemoaned the fact that the constitution seemed to limit government power too much.Hmmm?

"we're talking about people... (Below threshold)
Don L:

"we're talking about people's lives"

"Using that reasoning, why doesn't the good Congressman espouse the incarceration of all gang members?"


Yeah, I had the same thoughts about his hypocrisy until I realized he was one of those white-necked "abortion clingers" and "Rules for Radicals" thumpers!

There was one?... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

There was one?

The ends justifies the mean... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

The ends justifies the means to all these Corruptocrats posing as "Representatives".

In some cases the "ends" are getting their fat asses re-elected for DECADES.

In some cases the "ends" are "Fundamentally transforming the United States of America"

In both cases they see the Constitution as a mere nuisance...if they see it at all.

You can't fix stupid.... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

You can't fix stupid.

What a arrogant liberal dem... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

What a arrogant liberal demacratic snob I hope he gets voted out of office in november

The Supreme Court is suppos... (Below threshold)
Lanse:

The Supreme Court is supposed to give deference to congress as to constitutionality of a law. So what happens when Congress openly passes laws they know to be unconstitutional? Will the Supreme Court still give deference? If Congress can ignore the Constitution can it not also ignore the Supreme Court?

I assume he'll have a repub... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

I assume he'll have a republican opponent in November. IF he/she doesn't make FULL USE of this imbeciles own words.....

Ya' know, I think could giv... (Below threshold)
epador:

Ya' know, I think could give the term "TeaPee'd" a new meaning.

What a harebrain... (Below threshold)
914:

What a harebrain

"I don't worry about the Co... (Below threshold)
SteveCan:

"I don't worry about the Constitution to be honest with you"

TO be inscribed on his political tombstone in November.




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