My Congressional representative, Candice Miller (R--MI 10th) recently made a statement regarding the vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
I enjoyed reading her statement--especially this quote: "House Republicans have pledged to live within the boundaries of the Constitution and uphold the rights of the American people."
Does this mean that House Republicans will oppose unconstitutional, unreasonable and unwarranted searches of airline passengers without probable cause?
Does this mean that the portions of the USA PATRIOT Act that violate the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution will be repealed by House Republicans?
Does this mean that House Republicans will insist on ending the undeclared "wars" in Afghanistan and Iraq, or force a Congressional Declaration of War, as required by the U.S. Constitution?
Also, I was pleased to read this statement: "Our Constitution gives certain enumerated powers to the federal government and I can find no power allowing the federal government to force any citizen to enter into a private contract against their will . . ."
Does this mean that House Republicans will require all future legislation to point to the specific, constitutionally enumerated power that authorizes said legislation?
If these statements that Ms. Miller made are true, and she is committed to standing by those principles, then perhaps these United States have a chance of once again becoming the republic our founders established. On the other hand, if her commitment to the U.S. Constitution ends when it inconveniences her ability to advance her own (or the neo-con) agenda, the voters should hold her, and other Republicans, accountable.
I will remember those statements, and will hold her accountable at the ballot box.