Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nancy Are You Kidding?

This story has evidently been around a while, but it only came to my full attention a few days ago. Funny, I would have expected our objective media to make the big deal about it that it deserves. But noooo ...

In a nutshell: when asked where the Constitution authorizes congress to order Americans to buy health insurance, the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi said: "Are You Serious?"

I'll pause for a moment to let you reflect on just how dangerous this is. I can only think of two scenarios to explain this -- neither of them good:

  1. Best case, the speaker of the house is simply a constitutional illiterate, and she doesn't understand the principle of enumerated powers.
  2. Or worse, she might think the enumerated powers have become anachronistic, and somehow just don't apply to congress anymore.
In either case, I would say
[kachack!] Ms. Speaker! Move! Away! From the controls! You're tyrannizing people! ... I know you think you're helping ... somehow ... but this is tyranny! Now stand down, before I have to send in the S.W.A.T. team! [kachack!]
No Nancy, we are not kidding. We the People are deadly serious. The US Constitution is still our only defense against tyranny, it is still in force, and we demand that you obey it. If our republic survives this regime, I hope that "Are you serious?" will go down in history as Nancy Pelosi's "Let them eat cake" moment.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C. S. Lewis


  1. "Are you Serious?" That remark from Pelosi is one that arouses in me a cold rage.
    And another, equally repulsive remark, this one from Michelle Obama, speaking about our food choices, "We must re-program" the America people. Cold rage again. How dare she?

  2. Well said,

    I just ordered a book that comes highly recommended by someone I greatly respect. It is called "The tyranny of good intentions" by Paul Craig Roberts

    I understand it speaks directly to your C.S. Lewis quote.

    -Just wanted to pass along the recommendation.

  3. Joan, here on "Rage Against the Kakistocracy", rage is acceptable -- as long as it is against the kakistocracy!

  4. The appropriate response to this outrage would have been to place slug from a Colt M1911A right between her eyes. If she's gonna look surprised then give her something to look surprised about.

  5. Michelle O can re-program her voluminous posterior and "butt out" of the food choices I make.

  6. Ralph, I know you don't mean that. But millions of 'progressives' will think you do. They'll say "See? That's just the kind of rhetoric that will lead to actual violence."

    You know what the real kicker is? I was reading a 'progressive' blog about this, and they were saying "Right on Nancy!" for telling that conservative wing-nut reporter where to get off. The real tragedy here isn't that Pelosi believes it isn't a serious question, but that there are enough constitutional illiterates out there who would elect, and then keep re-electing such an illiberal*, arrogant tyrant.

    *Yes, illiberal. What she is doing diminishes our liberty!


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