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David P. Smith: Chief Justice Roberts’ Decision
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 9:00 AM

The recent Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care, as it is better known, was certainly a surprise to many people.  Everyone who was interested in the outcome of this case was shocked to find out that Chief Justice Roberts voted with the liberal leaning members of the Supreme Court to uphold the most hotly debated legislative act in recent times.   Roberts’ decision was based upon his understanding of what is known as the individual mandate to be a tax which he rightly relegates to the Congress to decide to do or not to do.  He basically acknowledged that it was the job of the legislative branch of government to have passed this new law which cannot be deemed unconstitutional in any other manner.  It was noted that it isn’t the job of the Supreme Court to decide upon the wisdom of what was passed, but only to rule on whether it is constitutional or not.  The majority decided that it was.

We are all going to be saddled with this burden upon us when this new law kicks in place, unless the law is changed.  While I don’t fully agree with the Supreme Court’s reasoning, I do understand that it is the job of the Congress to pass laws, and to rescind or change laws.  Our elected representatives and senators have the duty to do this based upon whom we elect.  If we elect people who put these kinds of oppressive laws into place, then we get what we asked to get.  When those elected decide that they want to take it upon themselves to do what they think is best for us and it’s against the will of the people they represent, they should vote against them the next time.  One good thing about the Supreme Court’s ruling is that it helps everyone to realize that if we elect people to office who put laws into place of which we don’t agree, then those laws need to be changed through the legislative process and not through judicial line-item veto. 

This type of understanding of the law is good for America because it truly puts the power of the legislative process back where it belongs – with the people.  With the power to choose who will represent us comes the responsibility to realize that we are to blame for what is put into law.  If we don’t like what they are doing, we should vote differently, not try to get the courts to change it piecemeal, or get the courts to overturn it.  It’s just like the old saying, “You get what you pay for” except that it’s “You get what you vote for”.  Instead of playing the blame game any further or trying to get the courts to rule one way or another, let’s change this law the right way by voting into place those who will truly represent the desires of those whom they claim to represent.  It’s not Chief Justice Roberts’ fault if this law stays in place, it’s ours.

 

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