Rand Paul Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Rein In Government Officials Austin Petersen October 21, 2013 Headline News 1584 Share17K +1108 Tweet128 Pin43 Share1 Share Reddit78 Stumble2 EmailShares 17K “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill today that would make sure that congress is unable to write bills that would provide themselves from exemptions on legislation they write to cover the American people. The bill is a full constitutional amendment, and would preclude lawmakers from passing laws that don’t apply equally to all citizens, public or private. It’s a direct response to Obamacare, which allowed senior government officials to opt out of registering for the program. Paul’s bill reads in part: “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress,” the executive branch including the president and vice president as well as the Supreme Court. The full text of the bill is below. S.J.RES.25 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government. (Introduced in Senate – IS) SJ 25 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. J. RES. 25 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES October 11, 2013 Mr. PAUL introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States: ‘Article– ‘Section 1. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress. ‘Section 2. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to the executive branch of Government, including the President, Vice President, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the United States, including those provided for under this Constitution and by law, and inferior officers to the President established by law. ‘Section 3. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, including the Chief Justice, and judges of such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. ‘Section 4. Nothing in this article shall preempt any specific provision of this Constitution.’ Share17K +1108 Tweet128 Pin43 Share1 Share Reddit78 Stumble2 EmailShares 17K Schools running “Code Red” drills sending fake gunmen to terrify childrenWATCH: Special Needs Children Choked, Tackled, Electrocuted & Killed In Schools (GRAPHIC, VIDEO)About The AuthorAustin PetersenFounder Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. 29 Responses Edwinsagain October 22, 2013 Go get’em, Rand. Let’s see what the Stuffed Shirt’s have to say about this one. I think it’s time has come. Austin Petersen October 22, 2013 I like your attitude. Richard Bujaki October 22, 2013 It’s about time. If this does not get through congress, then there is absolutely no hope for our country. Now or anytime in the near future. Personally, I think our government is so corrupt and so self serving; it will not pass. Justin Green October 23, 2013 There is hope, but it’s spark will not be able to grow quick enough before they destroy it. Michael Blake October 24, 2013 yes there is we vote them out!!!! ٩๏̯͡๏۶ November 2, 2013 And replace them with more of the same. =/ Margaret Pritchett October 22, 2013 This is wonderful, however I doubt that he will get it passed. I would also like to see a bill where they, (The owners), cannot pass all the pork spending in a bill. Just the bill gets passed. nothing extra! Josh Myers October 22, 2013 Its a great Amendment and Im pretty sure the founders considered an article like this, except most of them owned slaves and that would have completely shaken up the system over night, so they didn’t add it in. Mario Lawrence October 22, 2013 It won’t pass… Rand is just trying to do public damage control for the Republicans after McConnell and them went and caved. It’ll insight the public, but not enough. Congress will make this bill disappear. We won’t even hear about it in mainstream media. A few moments on C-SPAN, then its gone, tops. Congress doesn’t have enough morality to hold itself under the law. I love Rand, but it won’t fly. Lorin Chane Partain October 22, 2013 unfortunately your right. This bunch won’t pass something that would make them actually responsible for their own decisions. Tim Johnson October 28, 2013 I see this as Sen. Paul building a strong case for his veracious presidential bid. These bills he proposes and the filibusters he asserts give him the air of a man who will hold his government accountable, keeping the people’s interest as top priority. The buffoons he will face in the next election will not have the kind of qualifications that this man has when it comes to having honest attempts at reining in government overreaching (thetrue conservative stance). He is playing this very smart and it is easy to see that his eye is on the prize. Dominicus October 30, 2013 Tim, I think you are right, except that Paul is not just giving himself an air of government accountability for a presidential run – he is truly working in the role to keep government accountable now from the Legislative Branch. He may have future ambition, and I hope he does, but that does not negate his current efforts as genuine. backell October 22, 2013 The total misrepresentation of this “exemption” business is utterly ridiculous. And might I add that the the whole “exemptions” that they wine about were written in BY A REPUBLICAN?!?!?!? Karolyn Herrera October 22, 2013 Doesnt matter. The ammendment would apply to everyone regardless of party backell October 24, 2013 You miss the point. THERE IS NO NEED FOR AN AMENDMENT. The whole “basis” for this amendment is a bogus controversy that doesn’t exist. If the Republicans spent HALF as much time trying to solve real problems as they do trying to invent fake ones, or solve the fake ones they already created, we’d get twice as much done. Anonymous October 22, 2013 What does it matter if this is written by Democrat or Republican, Independent, Green, Tea, or ANY party for that matter? All parties are , are pro filings used to separate ideas and make coming to conclusions harder! George Washington was AGAINST political parties because he knew nothing good would ever come from them but further social separation. If one party does not like some certain idea, it just gets swept under the rug like anything else. The government did not all of the sudden become corrupted like some people believe. It has become corrupted through the ideas of our fathers and forefathers. What ever happened to leaning from your mistakes and building upon them? Politics just makes me angry. That’s all it’s good for. Making people angry. There will NEVER be resolution. This will just go back and forth and back and forth. We [as a society] have become so socially separated to where we are at the point at which there is no return. What a world we live in. backell October 24, 2013 SMH. The reason it “matters” is that this is SOP for the Republican Party and Obamacare. 1. Ask that something being included. 2. Complain about the thing once it’s included. 3. Misrepresent the thing you asked for to the American Public, trying to confuse the issue as much as possible. 3. Complain that the Democrats aren’t “compromising” because they included the thing that you asked for and are now complaining about and misrepresenting. 4. Go about peacocking about how your’e going to pass an amendment that will stop the thing you are complaining about that isn’t happening, that you asked to happen, from ever happening again. 5. Get adored and glorified as a hero for solving the problem you created but never really existed. Every detail of this entire “debate” is bogus, and every part of it was manufactured by the Republican party. THAT is why it matters. Kevin P Smith October 24, 2013 No one should be above the law backell October 24, 2013 No one is arguing that someone should be. This entire debate is bogus. ufcarazy October 22, 2013 In case an opposition tells you Congress is not exempt from any laws… http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/do_as_we_say_congress_says_before_doing_what_it_wants_20130131 Eldon Wear October 22, 2013 Section 4 brings forth probable litigation on multiple existing amendments.The lawyers would be thrilled. Lorin Chane Partain October 22, 2013 Why this isn’t already in the Constitution is beyond me. Mike Santoro October 22, 2013 too bad the only time this is even considered is when it goes to counter act a piece of legislation they don’t support. Joe October 23, 2013 I find it disturbing that Rand Paul doesn’t understand the nature of the ‘exemption’ well enough to realize that this ‘exemption’ covers everyone — if you already have insurance (as the executive branch does), you don’t have to buy new healthcare through the exchanges. Ironically, this actually works in reverse. Members of congress are LOSING their existing coverage and being forced to purchase healthcare through the exchanges, and they’re the only group in the country for which this is the case. Richard Alan Solar October 23, 2013 We need this to be covered by main stream media to get more support by the America people. Maybe FOX News Darrin Woodard October 23, 2013 My Amendement: Section A: All laws will expire four years from the date of their enactment. All laws will be voted on individually every four years to redetermine their eligibility. All regulations enforceable as law will be considered law for this purpose. Any law not voted on after four years will be void. Section B: Congress shall pass no bill or law containing more words than the Constitution of the United States. Section C: Congress shall pass no law unless a yearly budget is passed. Tory Pettigrew October 24, 2013 If it doesnt pass, keep a list of reps that voted it down. Make sure they are removed from office at the next election, or begin recall election procedures against them. We have the power in this government, just have to invoke it! tree worm October 24, 2013 how about one to do away with lobbyist, for good make a law where its against the law to lobby congress,because this will continue and the ppl will still not be heard Michael Blake October 24, 2013 to me lobbying is just another term for bribe!! Ruth E October 25, 2013 way to go Rand Paul, here’s hoping it passes with flying colors, no one should be above any laws set forth by the congress, senate, supreme court, local jurisdictions, etc.