Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:09 pm

Where has Louie Gohmert been?

Say what you will about the constitutionality, or lack thereof, of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people buy health insurance, most people on both sides have been arguing strictly on the basis of whether or not they think Congress has the constitutional power to impose such a requirement under the authority granted by the Constitution for Congress to regulate interstate commerce (the so-called “commerce clause” you hear about). As I understand commerce-clause law — and, say it with me, kids, I Am Not a Lawyer — the Congress probably does, but that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this post. What’s important is that up until now, the arguments I’ve heard all around the subject have tended to bear directly on that question.

Up until now. Because now, here’s Rep. Louie Gohmert, who is giving Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe a run for the title of Dumbest Sitting Congresscritter, conjuring up a really, well, interesting slippery-slope argument:

It ought to scare liberals to come run and join conservatives, because what it means is when this president’s out of the White House and you get a conservative in there, if this president has the authority under ObamaCare … to trample on religious rights, then some redneck president’s got the right to say, “You know what, there’s some practices that go on in your house that cost people too much money and healthcare, so we’re going to have the right to rule over those as well. “

Yeah, he’s right. It would be awful if that happened. And it’s interesting that he explicitly concedes that it’s “redneck” right-wing government makes unconstitutional, un-American personal intrusion more likely and not Big Gummint Liberals.

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