Everything I Dislike Is Unconstitutional

Think Progress has a story about a Virginia Republican confab at which two of the six featured speakers believe Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional (boldface mine):

This weekend, Virginia Republican activists and elected officials from around the state will gather at the Homestead Resort for the party’s first opportunity to take full stock of a disastrous election season that likely turned the GOP out of all three of Virginia’s top state offices….

The keynote speaker at the gathering’s 30th Anniversary Gala is Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). In a 2010 speech to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, Perry described Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as unconstitutional attacks on “our founding fathers’ boundaries that they had put upon the federal government.” Perry also believes that the Seventeenth Amendment, which ensures that voters will choose their own senators, was a mistake. And he once suggested that Texas may have to secede from the union.

The event’s Saturday morning awards luncheon featured Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Like Perry, Goodlatte believes that Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional. At a town hall meeting in 2011, a constituent told Goodlatte that he’s “searched my Constitution for 20 years and I can’t find Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in there.” Goodlatte agreed, replying that “it’s not in the Constitution. The courts have stretched the Constitution to say its in the general welfare clause.”

Admittedly, “Non-apostate Republicans say daffy shit” is hardly news. But it seems everything Republicans dislike is unconstitutional.

Not bad policy. Not unethical. Not immoral. Not even Un-American. Unconstitutional.

Social Security is unconstitutional.

Medicare is unconstitutional.


I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live when one is constantly outraged by everything, where psychologically one is in a state of perpetual crisis. Worse, they inflict this upon themselves.

It’s a voluntary form of poverty without the material deprivation.


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5 Responses to Everything I Dislike Is Unconstitutional

  1. jonolan says:

    Frankly, as the programs were enacted, both Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional. The federal government has neither the right nor privilege under the constitution to levy such a tax or provide such a service.

    As neither are heinous programs, one is left to wonder just how much one loves the constitution and whether or not one will hold the government to its limits when doing so is a detriment to one’s self.

  2. dr2chase says:

    Our founding fathers were very concerned about King George’s heavy-handed socialist oppression.

  3. colnago80 says:

    The separate US Airforce is also unconstitutional under Lee’s interpretation. The Army and Navy are explicitly mentioned but the word airforce is conspicuous by its absence. If the founding fathers had wanted the US Armed Forces to have an airforce, they would have said so!

  4. Mad Computer Scientist says:

    Long time reader, first time poster.
    “I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live when one is constantly outraged by everything, where psychologically one is in a state of perpetual crisis. Worse, they inflict this upon themselves.”
    That is totally how I live and I get a hefty chunk of the things I’m outraged by from (agreeing with) your blog. How do you manage to not live this way?

  5. Gingerbaker says:

    Let’s hope more Republicans are brave enough to get on open record as wanting to take away their constituent’s SS and Medicare! Demand all Repub’s have a press conference from their country clubs on the topic. ;D

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