Ruling Class author urges Bill of Attainder against Speaker over health care: the Constitution.
Should House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be prosecuted on a Bill of Attainder? Should the House of Representatives consider legislation that begins by saying it is:
“A Bill of Attainder to deprive Nancy Pelosi and other persons of liberty and property without further process of law for having violated the following ex-post facto law barring the setting of mandates on American citizens requiring them to buy health insurance. This case shall be exempt from all judicial review as previously provided by Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States.”
You mean such a thing is flatly forbidden by the Constitution? That Bills of Attainder and prosecution of citizens for ex post facto laws (statutes criminalizing an action retroactively) are prohibited by the Constitution? Really?
Well, as Speaker Pelosi said in response to a question that challenged the constitutional authority of Congress to mandate Americans to buy health insurance:
“Are you kidding? Are you kidding?”
As they say in astronaut lingo: Houston, we have a problem.
And that problem, plainly put, is the willingness of our friends on the left to simply ignore the founding document of this country: the Constitution of the United States.
So, what to do with this noodge of a difficulty? A problem that has actually been gaining speed and force for decades, only most recently illustrated by Speaker Pelosi’s “are you kidding” disdain in response to a question about constitutional authority to mandate health care.
In 21097&sr=1-1”> The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, Angelo Codevilla provides an excellent idea. Turn the tables on those who have shown a repeated determination to ignore the Constitution. (He includes President Obama in his formulation, but for the sake of constitutional simplicity, we’ll stick with Speaker Pelosi here.) If in fact the Pelosi and Reid Democrats are relieved of their control of the House or Senate or both this fall, come January it is time to begin re-focusing Americans on just why it is America has a Constitution in the first place. Why we have it, what it says — and the fateful consequences of ignoring it.
One of the best methods to teach on this issue, although surely not the only method, is to take Pelosi’s disdain for the Constitution and use Pelosi herself to illustrate just how important the Constitution is and why we need to return to a serious understanding of it. And — horrors! — abide by it.
What would happen if such a piece of legislation calling for the prosecution of Pelosi were introduced in, say, a newly Republican-run House of Representatives come January? Why, according to time honored tradition, the bill would be assigned to committee, of course — in this case doubtless the House Judiciary Committee. Upon arriving, the new Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman — presumably today’s Ranking Member, Lamar Smith of Texas — would assign it to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and its new chairman, presumably James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. Why there? Because this is the proper subcommittee that, the House informs us: “shall have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, federal civil rights, ethics in government, other appropriate matters as referred by the chairman, and relevant oversight.”
OK, then. We’re in the right place. Now the fun begins.