"A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
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Welcome to an absolutely illegal Amerika ! ! !
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Anonymous, Baltimore      
    Our government cares little about the Constitution. Obama considers it to be a minor road bump on his highway to ruining this country.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or      
    Yes, well, we haven't quite figured out how to stop a government that exceeds its Constitutional authority. The escape clause is the Executive's power to declare national emergency -- and somehow it has become assumed that the President may suspend the laws to which the government is bound.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Oh brother ... Have we ever got a U.S. Supreme Court acting full-out "ILLEGAL" now. It has now treated States Rights under the protection of the 10th Amendment as an ink-blot under its ruling on what constitutes marriage.
    The U.S. Supreme Court along with and no thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts .. a so-called "Conservative" .. has now taken it upon itself to define the language in the ACA "Obamacare" and its State Health Care State Exchanges as poorly and mistakenly written.
    Thus, the U.S. Supreme Court judges under the auspices of the arrogant Chief Justice John Roberts have decided to take it upon themselves to correct and define what it blatantly assumes the Affordable Care Act actually meant to state.
     -- Mary - MI     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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