At Tuesday night’s GOP CNN Town Hall, bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump showed his constitutional illiteracy, ignorance and inability to uphold any oath of office which requires adherence to the U.S. Constitution.
At the CNN event, an event where Anderson Cooper interviewed all three candidates, Trump, constitutional conservative Ted Cruz , and delusional RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich, who remains in the race despite being mathematically eliminated from contention, an audience member asked Trump, “What are the top three functions of the United States government?”
“The greatest function of all by far is security for our nation. I would also say health care. I would also say education,” Trump answered.
Worse yet, Trump went on to say that providing “housing and great neighborhoods” were also roles of the federal government — two additional powers that are not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution.
While national defense is an enumerated power in the U.S. Constitution, a power the various states delegated to the federal government, neither health care or education are authorized.
Trump lists 3 biggest functions the government should have, according to him:
1. National security
3. Education #GOPTownHall
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) March 30, 2016
Our Founding Fathers never intended those powers to be a federal government responsibility, and with good reason. They weren’t mentioned in the U.S. Constitution and, per the Tenth Amendment, were therefore left up to the states and the people — not the federal government.
Prior to the federal government’s involvement in health care decades ago, the United States easily had the greatest health care (and it was affordable out of pocket!) and its educational system was the envy of the world.
Only when the federal government began its takeover of both institutions, in the 1960’s by unelected, out of touch bureaucrats, did these former American success stories begin their decline.
To his credit, Donald Trump has said that he would lead a repeal of Obamacare, but has also said that he supports a government mandate and government-controlled health care, then when challenged backtracks, so no one really knows exactly what he would do.
Trump also claims to be against Common Core, however, his statement tonight that the federal government should play a major role in education is also a major contradiction.
It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump is a constitutional illiterate — he barely mentions it — except when saying he would support the Second Amendment (Thank God, hopefully he can be trusted on this) and the First Amendment, which he promised to obliterate by persecuting reporters who he deems to have written stories about him which are untrue, which to Trump means stories he doesn’t like.
When a president raises his right hand and swears on the Holy Bible, he takes an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution. Donald Trump would not do so. He’s already more than hinted that he would perform unconstitutional executive orders like Obama has clearly done.
Why this matters to you is that the Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights, is the only document — if and only if respected by elected officials, bureaucrats and citizens — that protects our freedom from government tyranny.
“No one controls Donald Trump,” or so the saying goes. This includes the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the concept of separation of powers. “The Donald” isn’t going to let an old, tired document get in the way of his greatness.