Big Government Barbie™ signed on the dotted line yesterday to seek two more years in Congress. Renee Ellmers, the one person who has better survival skills / luck than The RoadRunner, also took time to open her mouth for Miz Leslie and say, um, something:
[…] Ellmers also flatly refused to back a proposal by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“No, that’s unconstitutional,” she answered quickly. “First and foremost, as you know, our country was built on the foundation of those coming from other areas and migrating here. We simply cannot do something like that. Not only does it break many, many rules, but our First Amendment rights certainly, particularly when it comes to religious freedom. If we’re going to embrace religious freedom, then we have to stand strong on this issue.” […]
Unconstitutional? Sure, liberal ideologues and Democrats make that claim. But there are some actual smart people out there who trash that particular argument:
[…] Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, pointed out that the Supreme Court “has held consistently, for more than a century, that constitutional protections that normally benefit Americans and people on American territory do not apply when Congress decides who to admit and who to exclude as immigrants or other entrants.”
[…] “This is called the plenary power doctrine,” he continued. “The court has repeatedly turned away challenges to immigration statutes and executive actions on grounds that they discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, and political belief, and that they deprive foreign nationals of due process protections.”
He said while the court hasn’t ruled specifically on religious discrimination, “it has also never given the slightest indication that religion would be exempt from this general rule.”
Eugene Volokh, a First Amendment specialist at the UCLA School of Law, mostly agreed.
“As a policy matter, I think that banning entry by Muslims would be a very bad idea, for many reasons. But, like many very bad ideas, it might not be unconstitutional,” he wrote.
In fact, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell cites this provision of federal law:
Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”[…]
Nee-Nee also apparently had some confusion over the difference between repeal and postpone:
The three-term congresswoman also touted her work to reverse the Affordable Care Act, including her vote Friday morning for a spending bill that, she said, “repeals three of the major taxes in the Affordable Care Act, which essentially takes it apart.”
That was apparently too much for even Miz Leslie:
The budget deal actually delays the so-called “Cadillac tax” on generous health insurance plans from 2018 to 2020, suspends a tax on medical devices for two years and suspends a tax on health insurance for one year. It does not repeal any of them.
REPEAL is totally different from POSTPONE. The delay is actually a win for Democrats. It puts off one of the worst parts of the law. It will take longer for most Americans to fully feel the damage of ObamaCare. In the meantime, ObamaCare continues to sink its claws into and anchor its roots into the fabric of American society.
Ellmers is running around screeching about what an anti-ObamaCare warrior princess she is. The problem with that? Back when momentum was being built for defunding ObamaCare — prior to its implementation – she said she would “absolutely not” join Ted Cruz, Mark Meadows, Walter Jones and other conservatives in the defunding fight. She also spent a good three hours during a Pinehurst town hall meeting rebutting arguments for defunding ObamaCare. When it was time to fight, Renee Ellmers SAT on her manicured hands.
So, when the next taxpayer-funded mailers and glossy TV ads come out touting Ellmers as a conservative warrior princess, don’t be fooled. Check her record. Google is a great thing. (As is THIS site.) This woman has a six year record of lying to her voters and abetting the sabotage of this country. She needs to lose her job.