Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Destruction of Freedom
Yet I feel the sting of my naivety because I did truly believe that the Supreme Court was going to uphold the Constitution this week. Perhaps I had too much faith that they would uphold the rule of law? I'd waited, more or less patiently, for the ruling to be handed down, clinging to the belief that the justices would at least be able to see that compelling every person in our country to buy anything was quite simply unconstitutional.
I'm sure there are people out there who will tell us that we can't really know what we're talking about (I've already heard that sentiment once this morning). After all, this is Constitutional Law. It's much too big and scary for us lowly commoners, with our mundane thoughts and the day to day concern of feeding our families, to understand on our own. We haven't heard our own feet echoing up and down the hallowed halls of academia for nearly long enough to begin to wrap our little brains around such lofty ideas, right?
Was it a challenge to memorize what each bill said? Absolutely. But if my thirteen year old mind could handle it, and process what I was memorizing, I'm quite certain it's not beyond the reach of the average American to understand the freedoms that the framers of the Constitution recognized needed to be protected.
Those men, penning the laws that they fervently hoped would stand to protect our freedom, didn't have much patience for an overbearing federal government that levied taxes simply because it could. They thought that they were throwing that heavy, nation crushing weight off their own shoulders, and creating a nation where men wouldn't be weighed down under that same burden.
They didn't impose a system where the federal government could decide that it "knew better" than the majority of it's citizens and didn't frame a system to allow that government to take steps to protect us from our own irresponsibility, as a parent protects a young child.
Not only is it not legal, but it's never even been supported by a majority of the citizens of our independence loving nation.
This law is being forced upon us, first by an administration and legislature and now by a court that believes that it knows better than it's citizens (that's dangerous with elections creeping ever nearer) and who have now committed themselves to playing the part of nanny to those citizens.
One hope remains through all of this: Perhaps I was naive to trust in the courts and the rule of the law while this administration holds the reins of power. I still cling to the hope that the voters across this nation will remember this treachery to freedom in November, and vote out those who participated in enacting this blight upon our country.
Let's remind the "leaders" of this nation that we are adults who have a say in our own destinies, by making our voices heard from the ballot box this November.