Mr. President was once a constitutional law professor and a great public speaker. So why did he fumble to say that for the Supreme Court to strike down the constitutionality of the health care law, it would be unprecedented?
USAToday wrote a rather good piece regarding the facts of the incident. Consider reading it here:
Or watch MSNBC’s video on the matter.
Many people might view it from the president’s point of view and ask: Why would the supreme court — who are not elected as representatives of the public — knock down a congressionally passed law?
For those of you who don’t know the American government structure, our congress (house and senate) is representative of the people as legislators. They create laws designed to protect our freedom and hem activities that would otherwise hurt us. The president is to be executor of the constitution, the singular representative face of our varied peoples to the world, and civilian commander in chief of our military forces. And the supreme court is supposed to make sure that both the congress (legislative) and president (executive) operate ONLY within the boundaries of the US Constitution.
Now, the Constitution was written during a time when the government’s reach into the daily lives of individuals was so egregious that our founding fathers wrote up an entire document and subsequent bill of rights to curb the power of the government. They believed that no matter how nominally benevolent, the government was too dangerous a beast to let loose in your home.
Our SC Justices are supposed to measure every act of the Congress and of the President and measure it against the ultimate protection of individual rights — our Constitution. They ask themselves simple questions like: Does this new law still allow citizens to be free? Does it force them into something they don’t believe in? Does it strip the potency of their rights under the guise of government power to “help?”
You see, our government can, indeed, be used for great things. However, the problem is that our government so easily changes hands, that one man could be elected to do great things and then be killed silently and suddenly all the power we hoped he would use for good is now in the hands of a tyrant. And as much as we like to deceive ourselves into believing we’ll vote out a tyrant if he pops up, it’s never so easy.
Our culture has changed bit by bit to make the powerful interferers appear as shining angels. But government attracts those who would abuse its power, and nearly every lovely angel coming to “rescue” us is, in fact, in it for themselves. And even for those who honestly would want to use government to help us, for every good thing they do for us using governmental power, someone else must suffer.
The government produces nothing of value. It does not farm, does not produce cars or refined goods or anything of such nature. In fact, the only way it gains any capital to spend on its activities is by taking from us. Unlike the rest of capitalism, the government produces nothing for your money that’s actually worth the money you put into it. Why? Because it can only create it after taking your money and you are offered no guarantee for that stolen sum.
Our supreme court is to measure everything the government does with our money against the highest of protections of our liberty. Should any law or executive order fail to pass muster, the court strikes it down to preserve our liberty.
Liberty is the only thing that men need most. Even if some men tell you otherwise. You see, liberty is like having no walls on a house. While you can hem your own life in for your own protection with rules and safeguards, to hem everyone else in is paramount to imprisoning them. Everyone must remain free to live his or her own life to their own personal satisfaction and with their own individual troubles. They must voluntarily join a community and sacrifice their own needs for that of others, but not at the point of a spear or tip of a sword.
Our president has attempted to pass a law that forcibly “protects” people from the harsh reality of life without health care. The concept is noble, but at what cost? We force people to take care of themselves is like building walls around other people. You might see it as keeping bad from getting in, but they might see it as you attempting to keep them from getting out!
Every branch has the legal right and duty to strike down any action by another branch if unconstitutional, because our government, more than any other task, is obligated to protect our freedoms. If you didn’t want freedom, there are many countries you can move to to satisfy that need.
North Korea, China, Syria …