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This video, via The NY Sun, is brutal, as Kathleen Sebelius is taken to school by Trey Gowdy (R-SC):

An account of the hearing was issued by the Catholic News Agency. It’s almost painful to read. The secretary admits she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers’ rights and the contraception mandate. “I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t pretend to understand the nuances of the constitutional balancing tests,” Mrs. Sebelius told Mr. Gowdy. She also admits she is unaware of Supreme Court cases stretching back decades in which, as the Catholic News Agency put it, “religious believers’ rights against government intrusion were upheld by the court.”

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Ol’ Kathy should’ve signed up for the free Constitution classes offered by Hillsdale College.

    The Constitution? That useless document? What does the Constitution have to do with anything? It is just a lot of strung together words put on paper by a bunch of malcontents. We don’t need no Freedom!

persecutor | May 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Kathleen Sebelius-another shovel ready Obama appointee.

    Anchovy in reply to persecutor. | May 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    In an administration where anatomy trumps ability.

      OcTEApi in reply to Anchovy. | May 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Former Governor Sebelius of Kansas who’s state was ranked #51 was selected over Former Michigan Governor Granholm (ranked #50) who actually is a lawyer…

      Sebelius was selected because she’s an unapologetic abortion advocate .. that’s the sole Obama Admin requirement.

        n.n in reply to OcTEApi. | May 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        The Democrats are the party of instant gratification. That is the enticement they offer to individuals in exchange for controlling wealth and power. Some people claim the same of a subset of Republicans and specifically of Romney. As to the latter, he has been ostensibly pro-consensus; but, operating in a friendly environment, may very well be something more conservative and life-affirming. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, since he seems to be the only viable alternative; and, if that fails, hold him, and his supporters, accountable for their actions. Tea Party Part Deux? Perhaps.

        Speaking of a virtual “consensus,” the government is running amuck.

        United States Global Change Research Program
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Ragspierre | May 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The Obami are not just thugs.

They’re stupid, ignorant, arrogant thugs.

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the fact that she is clueless with respect to the Constitution (or pretending to be) or the fact that she was able to convince a majority of Kansas to elect her Governor. What were those people thinking (smoking?)?

My apologies. Sometimes the IPad gets the best of me.

At some point Mr. Wizard is going to pop Tooter the Turtle back to the real world.

She doesn’t care that Obamacare doesn’t conform to the Constitution. None of those around Obama cares. It doesn’t matter to them; if anything, they’re proud of violating the Constitution in the name of the Cause.

I don’t think this realization has penetrated the Congressman here, or most of the GOP.

Let me take a different view-

BULL!!

Long established protocols and procedures are in place that mandate every—EVERY–new directive, mandate, regulation et.al, is first vetted through administration lawyers.

She ignored them. She, and her ilk in the White House don’t give a rat’s—what is legal and what isn’t.

She knew damn well, and is playing “ignorant”.

Don’t be fooled that these people are that incompetent.

They know exactly what they’re doing-

    texan59 in reply to Browndog. | May 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I concur Browndog. Too many on our side call them misguided and ill-informed. BS. They all know exactly what they’re doing and they don’t care. If no one stops them, we’re going to see a lot more of the this and worse.

    persecutor in reply to Browndog. | May 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Dear Leader’s lawyers and appointees are believers in the “elastic” Constitution, which bends and stretches to fit everything they do.

    Unfortunately, that’s how Con Law is taught in law schools today (other than the one I went to way back when [it’s not taught that way there now, I’m afraid] and a handful of others).

Amazing video. He’d make a great guest law professor.

Frank Scarn | May 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This woman is the secretary of HHS, a cabinet-level position. She’s an officer of the United States (“officer” has a specific legal meaning). Because the position is so important, appointment is constitutionally required to go through the advice and consent process by the Senate. Once confirmed she’s required to take the Article VI oath (orally followed by a subscription which document then goes into the National Archives).

This woman has taken the required Article VI oath when she was the Governor of Kansas, and when she held other elected positions in Kansas, pledging obedience to both the US and KS constitutions.

By virtue of all these oaths, this person should be quite familiar with the Constitution. In her case even more so since she is also an attorney. Her claims of “not being a constitutional lawyer” are just pathetic. The congressman might have asked, “Are you accustomed to taking oaths and signing documents not knowing what’s entailed?”

This is the quality of “public servants” (cough) that we get today.

This whole video is demonstrable of how little regard Democrats in particular have for the people’s document, that document whose sole purpose is to limit the created government.

    janitor in reply to Frank Scarn. | May 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    She is obviously not qualified. I fail to understand how someone in charge of promulgating regulations — that’s LAW — could be someone who knows nothing about the law, or does not seek written opinions from legal staff.

    Incredible.

    (By the way, that wasn’t painful to watch. It was delicious.)

Intentional or negligent, either scenario is sobering.

WarEagle82 | May 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

And she may be the “top student” at the Obama-led Constitutional Law Seminars held at the White House in between rounds of golf…

As a resident of Kansas having moved here during Sebelius’ last year as Governor, I was stunned that such a right wing state could have voted her into office.

Imagine the people’s shock when Obama appointed her to an even higher and more powerful position. Of course, Obama knew of her connection to abortionist George Tiller who was murdered in May, 2009. A famous case.

She was a very lousy Governor and I cringe at the thought of her having so much power.

She’s not exactly a soldier. Actually, not even a soldier is forgiven for simply following orders. Also, she has sworn to uphold the Constitution. While she, or her boss, may claim an “innocent mistake”, American citizens should hold these people accountable for actively subverting the law.

There is no “separation of church and state” per se. The Constitution specifically binds the hands of Congress, of the legislature, to establish a national religion or otherwise restrict religious observance.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

As for contraception, it is not strictly a “religious” matter. It deals directly with human life from conception, which barring natural or artificial intervention, will physically develop into a being we all recognize as human. The issue is when we as a society will assign dignity to a human life. The issue is not whether women or men have the right to murder an innocent human being that is conceived of a voluntary behavior. They do not.

NC Mountain Girl | May 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

This is an evil woman who knows exactly what she is doing. Abortion is Sebelius’s sacrament and she’s been on a mission to spread its practice for a long time. As Governor of Kansas she helped Planned Parenthood escape prosecution for covering up child rape by ordering evidence be destroyed.

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/15/video-shows-sebelius-role-in-planned-parenthood-rape-coverup/

While she was Governor her local Archbishop denied her Holy Communion because of her promotion of abortion. When she became Head of HHS the matter went to the Vatican. There Archbishop Raymond F. Burke—formerly the archbishop of St. Louis but now prefect for the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court—declared that Mrs. Sebelius should not approach the altar for Communion in the United States.

“After pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin,” he told CatholicAction.org, a conservative Web site.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/god-and-country/2009/03/24/report-no-communion-order-to-follow-sebelius-to-washington

It’s almost like none of these people have ever even lived in the US.

9thDistrictNeighbor | May 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I need to send that man a contribution to fund his re-election effort.

The most striking thing about this testimony was at the end…simple and absolute confirmation that all of these regulators (read HHS, EPA, Dept. of Education, et. al.) operate, I believe, knowingly and deliberately outside the Constitution. Heaven help us.

    As I understand it, Heaven will not help us. God helps those who help themselves. Specifically, God helps those people who follow his order, which bears a striking resemblance to the natural and enlightened (i.e. conscious, individual dignity) orders — the two objective orders which comprise our world.

Constitution? ‘Why yes, I take one every morning’.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Obama thought Sebelius was the most qualified person in the entire country to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Just hold your nose and open your mouth Kathleen. The doctor has some strong medicine for you. You will need to take this prescription five times daily after saying the Pledge of Allegiance with your hand on your heart.

It is also recommended that you wear mind contraception when you are around your liberal pals.

And, come back next week for another check up.

L.N. Smithee | May 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

Put this video on the ever-growing pile of things that Sarah Palin would never have gotten away with. What a comfort to know Kathleen “You Cannot Be” Sebelius and her department is relying on the legal opinions of such an outstanding public servant as Eric “Blank Page” Holder in executing the most pervasive piece of legislation in our generation.

Trey Gowdy’s questioning of “The Honorable” Sebelius is one of the most satisfying legal filletings of a government hack I’ve seen since 1998. Back then, Representative Bob Inglis – also from South Carolina — single-handedly decimated a panel defending Bill Clinton in the House Judiciary Committee hearing prior to the vote on his impeachment. If you don’t remember, Inglis gave three “experts” objecting to prosecution of Clinton’s perjury a severe case of the hamina-hamina-haminas.

I am reluctant to say that a star is born in Gowdy, since Inglis turned out to be one of those unreliable guys who had sudden attacks of centrism for its own sake. South Carolina, contrary to its image as a home of unreconstructed banjo-playing right-wing evangelists, produced both Inglis and Lindsey Graham.

Dr. J., Thanks for posting this. I’ve been neglecting you of late. You’ve reminded me why you’re essential daily reading.

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