Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hsieh PJM OpEd: "Will the GOP Walk the Walk On The Constitution?"

PajamasMedia has just published my latest OpEd, "Will the GOP Walk the Walk on the Constitution?"

My theme is that not only should the GOP pay lip service to the Constitution, they must defend in action the principles of individual rights and limited government. Defunding "ObamaCare" would be a good start.

Here is the opening:
Now that the Republicans have won control of the House of Representatives, they've chosen to demonstrate their respect for the U.S. Constitution in two important ways.

First, they plan on reading the full text of the Constitution on Thursday, January 6, 2011, one day after swearing in John Boehner (R-OH) as the new speaker of the House. Second, they've promised that every new bill will contain a statement citing the constitutional authority for the proposed law.

But while these are important symbolic steps, the real test will be whether the GOP-controlled House will defend the Constitution with deeds and not just words -- especially on high-stakes issues like health care. In other words, will the GOP "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk" on the Constitution?
(Read the full text of "Will the GOP Walk the Walk on the Constitution?")

Hat tip to Brendan Casey for the quotes from Nancy Pelosi and George Washington.