chuck_norrisChuck Norris has delivered a roundhouse kick to national health care “reform” at World Net Daily; noting for the umpteenth time that there is in fact no constitutional authority whatsoever for the ongoing federal efforts.

He said

As I watched the C-SPAN health-care summit charade Thursday, what disturbed me most was not the typical partisan rancor, but why the federal government was even dealing with this issue at all.

It isn’t that I’m unsympathetic to the plight of the needy. It isn’t that I don’t think our health-care system needs some serious overhaul. I just believe our founders had it right when they laid down the constitutional laws restricting the feds from meddling into the lives of ordinary American citizens.

But, unlike many political pundits, Norris didn’t stop there. He went on to slaughter the twin sacred cows of Medicare and Medicaid as well as call for outright nullification.

The point is, based upon the 10th Amendment, when it comes to legislating and controlling our health care, the federal government doesn’t have a constitutional leg to stand on. And even its past violations of the 10th Amendment by implementing government health-care services have proven to break more national legs than mend them. The proof is in the pudding. How many times does it have to be pointed out to Washington? Medicare is going bankrupt. Medicaid is going bankrupt. Case closed. The government is inept in running America’s health-care system…

Thomas Jefferson simply and forthrightly declared, “Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force” (Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:380). “Undelegated powers” obviously refers to those powers not granted by the Constitution. Health-care laws for all Americans are “undelegated powers.” And such acts therefore would be “unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

Finally, Norris addressed the fact that our arrogant federal government no longer even respects the very document from which its authority is derived.

The abuse of federal political power to intervene in areas such as Americans’ private health care could exist only in a nation which no longer holds its leaders accountable to its Constitution, and a leadership that regards itself as above its people and its Constitution. Sadly, I was listening to an interview the other day in which President Obama described the Constitution as “an imperfect document … a document that reflects some deep flaws … an enormous blind spot … and that the framers had that same blind spot.” In so doing, the president established a rationale and justification for disregarding, disavowing and disposing the Constitution from oversight and interplay in his administration and decisions. Even worse, he placed himself above the Constitution and those “blind framers” who just couldn’t see the big picture as he does today…

He even threw in a shout out to TAC for good measure.

I would encourage you to go to the Tenth Amendment Center and learn more about your 10th Amendment rights, and then fight for those rights by holding all your representatives accountable to them.

Well said, Mr. Norris. You’ve never been much of an actor, but you still kick ass in my book.

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