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Sebelius Brushes Off Religious Liberty

At a congressional hearing, HHS Secretary Sebelius has to admit she did not consider constitutionally protected religious liberty when she issued her now infamous HHS mandate on insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception. Congressman Gowdy pins her down. Her worst excuse was that she is not a lawyer.

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Sebelius is not a lawyer, but she is a liberal.

Liberals are dicators and little Nazi wannabe's. They disguise this desire to control and tell everyone what do to and how to live their lives under the guise that they are doing what is best for mankind, the planet, children, the poor, illegal immigrants, the elderly, race relations, the elderly, yada yada yada. The truth of the matter is that they want unlimted power to control what people eat, drink, drive, where they live, what type of toliet paper, sheets or baby butt wipes to use.

They are basically abused, angry, temper tantrum-throwing children who have never grown up and somehow or another want to get back at the parents or something like that.

It is called mental illness. Sebelius is a poster child for the disease.

Amen, sister. Preach it!

In my opinion, you guys deploy a sort of political rhetoric that doesn't understand Adam Smith's division of labor, much less chain of command or administrative decision making.

So this rant is ammusing: "They disguise this desire to control and tell everyone what do to and how to live their lives under the guise that they are doing what is best for mankind, the planet, children, the poor, illegal immigrants, the elderly, race relations, the elderly, yada yada yada."

No, actually people like Sebelius simply talk to those who have been delegated authority to complete various missions that tangentialy involve such concerns or matters of public policy. So what you are saying is more or less true of a first sergeant (E-8). They control everything according to AR's (not that the paper does as much good at policing as the NCO corps) If you want to evade this sort of control do not join the Army. I assume that some of those concerns are also located more or less in Consulate's at the State Department.

In which case these sorts of objections are really also objections to American Power, or arrogance. Lets say you are in Iraq and you aren't really sure what the hell is being accomplished on a grand scale. All you really know is that you have a few specific duties, that via "wise lawyers" somehow magicaly create a better Iraq.

In truth politicians have to ballance the idea that they are in control (at the top of the pyramid) with the massive fact of complete reliance upon the process that governs decision making and logistics going down the pyramid.

Sebelius saying she is not a lawyer is actually a pretty honest answer. What she is saying is that, it is not in her jurisdiction, job description or pay grade. I already told you I didn't think the decision went that high.

I am pretty sure I could take a good guess at how high the decision went.

If you want to figure out who takes credit, look to the photogenic, friendly politicians, more or less a media rep/cheerleader.

Politicians like to use multiple pens, wear cool ties, crack jokes, and think about policy in general terms which allow them to at least know which agency they should blame. So the most relevant constitutional law might not even be constitutional law, but something like Madison's Federalist 51.

My personal feel is that Kathleen Sebelius is better than most. When my unit was taking over for a Kansas National guard unit, she served me a thankgiving meal in Kuwait, and while I was mingling with the Kansas unit I was trying to get all sort of functional details, so we were having a rather functional conversation.

Meanwhile at the table with the officers(almost all of whom stay back in Kuwait), Gov Sebelius must have gotten bored or wanted a more nuts and bolts conversation, because she came over sat down and joined in. I am pretty sure it made all of the enlisted folks somewhat uncomfortable (especially me, since I was one of two non-Kansas enlisted at the table). I think it also changed the tenor of the conversation. Gov Sebelius seemed a pretty impressive person with a great deal of class. But I realized that there is really no way in hell a governor can really understand all the situations they are thrown into. While I don't think I am Sebelius's equal, because she has to understand things from the top down, she is somewhat blind from the bottom up.

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