Hare Today

There is an epidemic of liberals telling the truth about what they believe.

This is an odd trend, as it coincides with a growing awareness that liberals seek a country that ignores the Constitution. In this exchange with constituents, Illinois Congressman Phil Hare admits that, in voting for things like Castro Care, empathy trumps the Constitution.
When pressed, the truth comes out.  When questioned where in the Constitution he is granted authority to mandate health care, Hare responded: “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this to be honest.”
He clearly is being honest. Watch the tape. He really doesn't consider the Constitution.
What I care more about, I care more about the people dying every day who don't have health care.""You care more about that than the U.S. Constitution that you swore to uphold?" Sharp shouted back. "I believe it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Hare countered. When an observer pointed out that those words come from the Declaration of Independence, Hare said, "Doesn't matter to me. Either one."
Hare's comments were so outrageous that he felt the need to go back to the office and record a clarification. He does care about the U.S. Constitution, after all, it turns out. And ain't it a shame, he was just a victim of gotcha politics.
Granted, the mood was hostile and the questioners were aggressive, so some of Hare's foolish comments can be passed off as hotheadedness - but not the critical parts. What came next was even more meaningful:
When Sharp pressed Hare to answer where in the Constitution government is granted the authority to mandate the purchase of health insurance, Hare said he didn't know. "I don't know, I don't know."
When you see him say this, it is clear that it isn't even a consideration. Empathy first.
"But at the end of the day, I want to bring insurance to every person that lives in this country," Hare said.
Someone who wants to ignore the Constitution usually has a response to this line of questioning - perhaps a political one. "I understand your concerns, and we disagree. But it will be challenged in court, and I expect that my side will win on that one." Which is likely true given that so many judges feel the same way that Phil Hare does about the Constitution.