The Truth Act
There are many things that threaten America today. Debt. Terrorism. Entitlement mentality. Constitutional ignorance. Civic laziness. Corruption. There is no greater threat to America, however, than the dubious work of many Representatives and Senators in the Legislative Branch of the United States government.
Last week’s Supreme Court oral arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius demonstrated that the legislative branch is not doing its job, which is to craft bills that are coherent, confined and understood.
The 2,700-page Obamacare law is not only a violation of common sense, it risks the implosion of America because few in Congress read or understood the bill before voting for it. The audacity to govern in such a way is beyond reproach. It puts the future of American’s health, livelihood and republican form of government at risk.
The Supreme Court buckled under the Affordable Care Act’s size and ambiguity. Justices insinuated that the bill was too cumbersome – even for them.
Justice Breyer said, “And when I look through the rest of it, I have all kinds of stuff in there… And I haven’t read every word of that, I promise.”
How can there be a check on a law of the land if no one comprehends it? James Madison puts it best in The Federalist No. 62: “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood … Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?”
Stunningly, two years after the bill was signed into law, Obamacare still cannot be properly interpreted by any branch of government.
Justice Scalia joked that the enormity of the bill was cruel and unusual punishment. “[W]hat happened to the Eighth Amendment?” he asked the government’s counsel. “You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic?”
“Unrealistic,” is the understatement of the century. The obscurity of the bill is deplorable. The most brilliant minds in the land consider the bill to be too voluminous and incoherent.
The perplexed state of the Supreme Court justices is America’s rallying cry. If no branch of government can figure it out, then it is a call to action for the people.
It is time for the TRUTH – thus, I propose, the TRUTH Act. I will be seeking collaboration with Senators, Representatives and fellow Americans to perfect the Act. It would demand specific requirements of comprehension by all members of the legislative branch and a clear, concise way for new bills to be read and heard by the people before becoming law.
My initial thoughts are that the TRUTH Act should stipulate that all bills must be:
Three hundred pages, maximum, in length
Read by all members of the legislative branch
Understood by all members of the legislative branch
Tested – legislators must be publically tested, verified by oath, regarding comprehension
Heard - read by each Senator and Representative for his/her constituents on YouTube or USTREAM
Accountability. Imagine if all legislators had been obliged to read the 2,700 page Obamacare bill on YouTube. Clarity and reason would have prevailed on many levels.
Perhaps innocuousness is the goal of the government. It is deceitful. It is duplicitous. It is the downfall of America. We must take action. We must seek the TRUTH. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, when asked what kind of government they had created, he said, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”
We the people are America’s keepers. We must seek the TRUTH.