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Rand Paul is pushing for a new Constitutional amendment stating “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” The amendment “also contains two provisions that apply that same principle to the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch of the federal government,” according to a press release put out by the office of the Kentucky senator on Monday.

Paul is of course responding to the unconscionable opting-out from the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, by the members of the U.S. Congress. Our elected officials — in an orgy of let-them-eat-cake selfishness that would do Marie Antoinette proud — voted themselves exempt from the bureaucratic mess of a health insurance plan currently driving the rest of the country crazy.

This is the kind of behavior common to officials of totalitarian states and we should all get behind Paul for his attempt, even though such an amendment should already be implied by the Constitution itself. Indeed, one assumes that the Founders would have been horrified, or at least hugely dismayed, to find our modern Congress exempting themselves in such a disgustingly greedy manner. It goes against the very essence of what the Founders regarded as the equal rights of citizenship in our republic.

Paul is correct too in covering the executive and judicial branches in any such new amendment. Why should Chief Justice Roberts be able to escape the strictures of a law he bent over backwards in a remarkable display of legal gymnastics not to declare unconstitutional? The same is obviously true for Barack Obama himself, who should, of all people, by subject to his eponymous law. He is, after all, the great devotee of “fairness,” is he not? Or is congressional elitism and noblesse oblige what he really meant by “hope” and “change”?

In fact, one would think everyone — left, right or center — would support this amendment. Wouldn’t an avowed socialist like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont find contemptible this exploitation of the lower classes by the political bourgeoisie? And what about that staunch defender of unions Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois? And the so-called centrists over at “no labels” — shouldn’t they, defenders of good governance, be up in arms about this?

Shouldn’t everybody be?

But the real question is how the voters themselves will respond. I’m willing to bet that after another six or eight months of the Obamacare nightmare they’re going to be so hopping mad that any legislator who voted him or herself an exemption is going to be shown the door so fast they won’t know whether they went through the front or the back. Who would want to vote for the immoral creeps?

Paul’s amendment should be the new litmus test for who should or should not be reelected to Congress, irrespective of political party.

For the record, this is not entirely Paul’s amendment. Though he deserves credit for bringing it up now in the Senate, PJM’s Bridget Johnson reported a similar idea proposed in the House of Representatives last August by Congressmen Salmon and DeSantis. They are to be commended as well.

Most importantly, we should all be getting behind Paul on this — now.

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I agree that all Americans should get behind this.

I predict, however, that the Dems and the media will trash this, or at least marginalize it to the point of irrelevance in the next few weeks.

It isn't cynicism (well, maybe a little). It's this: if someone had told me 7 years ago that America would elect to the Presidency TWICE a man with no experience, who's never held a real job, who would work to deliberately weaken our economy and make our foreign policy the world's laughingstock, who associated freely with racists and terrorists and would actively incite one half of the population to vilify and demean the other half, I would have told that person he or she was crazy.

But that's what's happened.
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I expect tremendous opposition from both houses of Congress. Nonetheless, it's a fight that needs to be fought -- and if, as I expect, it is lost, it then needs to be fought again.

As has been pointed out many times, it is not absolute power that corrupts; it is immunity from the consequences of that power that corrupts.

If Congress gets used to passing laws that don't apply to them, then there is NOTHING they cannot do. They must feel the pain they inflict, unwittingly or not, on the rest of us.

Bravo, Sen. Paul.
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There's a simple problem with this. Obamacare itself outlaws the Congressional subsidies, but the Prez decided (after a lot of whining by Dems in Congress) to interpret the law to exclude Congress, even though everyone on both sides of the aisle thought it applied to them. He simply decided to ignore how the law was written and read it the way he wanted to.

This goes on a lot. The landmark Civil Rights legislation of the '60s famously included language specifically outlawing the use of quotas in hiring, promotion, and firing, but eventually it was seen to require them--exactly the opposite of what the law says.

I'm not opposed to the Constitutional Amendment. I am however dubious as to its changing anything. If the Republicans do *anything* the Dems don't like, there are howls of racism and homophobia and sexism and anything else they can throw at the Evil Party, or alternatively there's what we're getting now on the subject--nothing at all in the news, so that the issue is just ignored.

No one can support it if they never hear about it in the first place.
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The US Federal Government has literally become a mirror image of George Orwell's "Animal Farm". Orwell was a sympathetic Socialist who found the truth and failures of the ideology.
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Shocking Facts About US Veterans: 1 Suicide Every 65 Minutes By Global Research News Global Research, September 27, 2013

http://www.globalresearch.ca/shocking-facts-about-us-veterans-1-suicide-every-65-minutes/5351745
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Last I heard the oath of office states that a Congressman vows to "protect and defend the Constitution"? So, the Constitution as interpreted by the by the Supreme Court is not good enough for this guy?
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What matters if all these laws are just ignored anyway? I am reminded of the old question, "How many divisions has the Pope?". Even if Congress were motivated to act, what could they do, short of Impeachment? Don't see that as likely...
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One set of rules for them, another for "us." And yet, they still get reelected 93% of the time.

Now who's fault is that?
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I don't think that it is true to say that the founders did not anticipate greedy elected politicians. They thought power corrupted and wanted to separate powers. They put as many checks and balances as they thought they could at the time, one power jealously guarding their own v. encroachment. The weak link was that the public needed to jealously guard their own power, and not allow the branches of the federal government to "exercise rights on their behalf". We must demand that they actually follow the Constitution and Amendments for this to mean anything.
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As many have already said it would seem to be an easy bill to pass. It is sad that we even need this one.

However, my prediction is that this will never see the light of day because very few in congress will stand up for it. Even if they do it will be reversed IN THE DARK OF NIGHT by the same people.

Remember the Grassley amendment that requires all of congress take Obamacare? It passed and became law. Look at it now.

None of these people are the least bit honest and trustworthy.
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How about a personal responsibility amendment. An amendment such as this is especially important since most Americans lack any modicum of common sense.
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Obama nominates drone program proponent to lead DHS October 18, 2013

http://rt.com/usa/obama-jeh-johnson-dhs-378/
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