Every line of thought moves toward a logical conclusion.
But few ever carry their thinking far enough to grasp the ultimate ramifications of their ideas. In a recent radio interview, Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) inadvertently walked right up to the edge of the cliff waiting for those who hold to the progressive notion of a “living breathing” Constitution.
Yarmuth appeared on Mandy Connell’s show on WHAS in Louisville the morning of Aug. 27. During a discussion on the federal health care bill, Connell asked Yarmuth where he believes Congress gets the authority to require every American to purchase health insurance.
Predictably, Yarmuth appealed to the commerce clause.
So Connell asked the logical follow-up question: what can’t the federal government do if it can mandate citizens to buy a product?
In a candid moment, Yarmuth provided a revealing answer.
“It really doesn’t prohibit the government from doing virtually anything – the federal government. So I don’t know the answer to your question, because I am not sure there is anything under current interpretation of the commerce clause that the government couldn’t do.”
Then the Democrat from Louisville tried to backtrack.