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Congressman asked about healthcare and says he doesn’t care about the Constitution, then goes on to prove that he doesn’t even know the difference between the Constitution an Declaration of Independence.

I want to preface by saying this is not another argument about healthcare. While I care very much about the healthcare situation in America and the recent laws that our government has passed concerning it, I care more about the mentality our elected officials have. 

Elected officials have abandoned their responsibilities and duties. Self-interest has replaced a politicians desire for the will of the people that he represents being heard. Legal aptness and adherence to the U.S. Constitution has been replaced by popularity and expediency. Partisanship has replaced principles.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to William Johnson on June 12 1823, “On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

Sadly, many politicians not only fail to care about interpretation of the Constitution, they do not care what the Constitution says at all. I would wager that over half of our elected officals have never even read the Constitution. Rep. Phil Hare of Illinois is perfect example.

Adam Sharp, a member of the St. Louis Tea Party, asked Rep. Phil Hare at a town hall meeting where the constitution gives the government the authority related to the new healthcare laws. Rep. Phil Hare started to reply, “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this to be honest.” The Congressman then turned to see that Adam Sharp was holding a camera. Rep. Hare looked like a deer in the headlights. Rep. Hare goes on to say that he cares about the people dying everyday. Adam Sharp asked the Congressman if he cares more about that than the U.S. Constitution he swore to uphold. Rep. Hare replied, “ I believe that it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” Onlookers pointed out to  Rep.  Hare that he was quoting the Declaration of Independence….not the Constitution.  Rep. Hare replied, “It doesn’t matter to me…either one.”  Adam Sharp again asked, “Where in the constitution does it give you the authority?” Rep. Hare, “ I don’t know, but at the end of the day I want to bring insurance to every person that lives in this country.” 

Watch the entire incident on video-