The new law concerning ObamaCare was decided last week by one man – Chief Justice John Roberts. Therefore, say those on his side of the argument, We must respect the decision of the highest court in our land and follow the laws given whether we like them or not.
Is that so?
To be found not complying with the new Affordable Act law, there will be penalties, fines, and as is the case with unpaid traffic tickets, jail time I’m sure. After all, if there weren’t such strong punishments like imprisonment for ignoring law people would simply not follow it.
Let’s take a look at some of the other laws covered by the rubric of statute our legislatures and courts have instituted.
This Act says that a person could be held criminally liable, fined $1000 and imprisoned for six months if they failed to ______ _ ________ _________ __ _______ ______.
This Act requires citizens who are against _______ to violate their consciences and take part in it.
This Supreme Court ruling records the words of the Chief Justice that their decision was for the good of the people targeted, namely, “. . . that the _____ might justly and lawfully be _______ __ _______ for their own benefit”.
I think this shows that we are better off letting ourselves be merely ‘guided’ by our court’s decisions, rather than ‘ruled’ by them.
According to the wise men who founded this nation, we were meant to be ruled by the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.
All other ‘decisions’ subordinate.
To demonstrate, let us do a little filling in the blanks, shall we?
This Act says that a person could be held criminally liable, fined $1000 and imprisoned for six months if they failed to report a neighbor suspected of helping slaves.
This Act requires citizens who are against slavery to violate their consciences and take part in it.
This Supreme Court ruling records the words of the Chief Justice that their decision was for the good of the people targeted, namely, “. . . that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit”.
That last one was the Honorable Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney of the Dred Scott case, and all of the above were Laws or Acts legally instituted into America’s system of juris prudence.
Men are flawed, to be sure. All men, no matter how virtuous or noble. Even Supreme Court Justices. And yes, even the brave men who gave us the Documents of Freedom that birthed this great nation, The United States of America.
However, I would hold that it is far better we follow forty founding fathers, than nine nano-nobles.
It has been, it is, and was always meant to be the privilege of the American people to decide what is right, good, and moral for the wellbeing of The Republic. This November, they will get a chance to exercise that privilege once again.
May God help them.