In the run up to the 2010 elections, Republican’s, prodded and embarrassed by the Tea Party, suddenly got religion regarding our U.S. Constitution, stating in their Pledge to America: “We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored.” They promised: “We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.”
Seems the GOP’s promises, as Senator Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are finding out, was just another political ploy to advantage those in power. As the article below explains, Republicans still have no clue about the greatest political document created in world history; for the GOP establishment, there is no fidelity to our Constitution, for them, it’s still and outdated nuisance, useful only when convenient for them.
Think about it, somehow, the President can defund any part of the law he doesn’t like with no Constitutional authority, like a king. Yet, our House of Representatives, the branch of government specifically tasked with this government responsibility have no such right according to progressive illiberal Democrats and Republicans alike. Expressly, and purposefully , Article I, Section 7 states: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
As James Madison Explained in Federalist 58: “The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of the government.”
As discussed in the article attached below, Andrew C. McCarthy states:
As Madison elaborated, the purpose of the Origination Clause is to put the “power of the purse” firmly in the hands of “the immediate representatives of the people.” Government has no resources of its own; it has only what it confiscates from the citizenry. In a free republic, liberty hinges on the ability of citizens to constrain the demands government can make. The Framers prudently concluded that the best means of constraint was to give the definitive word on taxing and spending to the House: The only legislators directly elected by the people at the time the Constitution was adopted (senators were chosen by their state legislatures until 1913); and, to this day, the only representatives who must face the voters every two years.
You will not find a better article explaining our federal Constitution, and it’s relation to funding or not funding Obamacare or any law. As John Adams instructed, we are “a government of laws, and not of men” because “this is the very definition of a Republic”.
Or at least we are supposed to be.