South Florida Congressman Allen West gave the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday. West predicted “a new dawn in America” if we stick with the the “three pillars of conservatism:” 1) effective and efficient constitutional government, 2) keeping peace through strength and 3) defending American values.
Support for these conservative principles elected eighty-seven new Republican Congressmen last November. West’s speech gave a different and more complete vision of conservatism than Rep. Ron Paul, the winner of the CPAC presidential straw poll. His message was received with standing ovations by the CPAC audience. Watch Rep. West’s inspiring speech:
After federal Judge Roger Vinson declared Obamacare unconstitutional on Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that Florida will not waste any more time and money on further implementing any parts of Obamacare. Good for Florida.
Meanwhile the Obama administration is planning to continue implementing the law in direct violation of the judge’s order. Imagine the media outrage if George Bush had ignored a federal court ruling.
Judge Vinson chose to use the original tea party to illustrate the absurdity of claiming that our constitution grants the government the right to force people to buy health insurance:
It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain for it would be “difficult to perceive any limitation on federal power” [Lopez, supra, 514 U.S. at 564], and we would have a Constitution in name only. Surely this is not what the Founding Fathers could have intended.
The judge also referred to a Reason TV debate between conservative law professor John Eastman and liberal professor Erwin Chemerinsky on the individual mandate and the Commerce Clause. Watch “Wheat, Weed and Obamacare” to understand why a federal ruling finally putting a limit on what Congress can do under the Commerce Clause is so important if we want to preserve any limits on the power of the federal government. It is well worth investing ten minutes to watch this debate:
Judge Vinson’s ruling will eventually go to the Supreme Court possibly in 2012 just before the election. It is likely that a 5-4 majority will either uphold or overturn this ruling. Let’s hope that Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote on the Court, sides with Judge Vinson and the Constitution.
We did not see much coverage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech last week in the mainstream media. The lack of coverage is a good indication that the Left in the media is afraid of the effectiveness of Ryan’s comments.
As Republicans in Congress move forward with cutting government spending, it is good to listen to Ryan’s speech again. Paul Ryan is the House Budget Chairman and will be driving how aggressively Republicans will reduce spending. He is also one of the most effective speakers explaining the current situation and what to do about it.
Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.
The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.
Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.
And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten — along with record deficits and debt — to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.
We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.
The left-wing media keeps saying that this vote is just symbolic because Harry Reid will not allow a vote on repealing Obamacare in the Senate and, even if he would, President Obama would veto the bill. They miss the significance of this vote: House Republicans elected in November promised to vote to repeal Obamacare. They represent the American people and have kept one of their most important election promises.
By demonstrating that the Senate and the President are obstacles to implementing the will of the people, House Republicans are offering Americans a clear choice in the next election. If you want to repeal Obamacare, you will need to throw out enough Democrat Senators to take control of the Senate and you will need to defeat Obama.
Over the next two years, Republicans can take other steps to dismantle Obamacare. These include not funding the massive bureaucracy that is supposed to be put in place including 16,000 IRS agents to enforce the individual mandate. Court challenges by the states of the constitutionality of Obamacare will proceed and will eventually end up in the Supreme Court. If Justice Anthony Kennedy votes with Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, the individual mandate will be declared unconstitutional.
Democrats try to argue that Obamacare does not kill jobs and increase the deficit. Watch Rep. Paul Ryan demolish their argument:
The repeal of Obamacare will require sustained a effort over the next two years. This fight is at the center of the struggle for the soul of America and will determine whether we continue to slide toward irreversible European socialism or begin the return to American principles of liberty.