Notes From Babel

Who Cares About the Constitution? Not Phil Hare

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The Cato Institute provides the transcript of this exchange with Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.):

Off-camera: Where in the Constitution…

Rep. Hare: I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest.

Off-camera: [Laughter.] Jackpot, brother.

Rep. Hare: What I care more about — I care more about the people that are dying every day that don’t have health insurance.

Off-camera: You care more about that than the U.S. Constitution that you swore to uphold!

Rep. Hare: I believe that it says we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now you tell me…

Off-camera: That’s the Declaration of Independence.

Rep. Hare: It doesn’t matter to me. Either one…

[Lots of childish sniping.]

Off-camera: Where in the Constitution does it give you the authority to…

Rep. Hare: I don’t know. I don’t know.

Off-camera: That’s what I thought.

“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” -Albert Camus

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when government’s purposes are beneficial.  Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.  The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”  -Justice Louis Brandeis

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Written by Tim Kowal

April 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Politics, Quotes

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