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Digesting the Supreme Court's decisions

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Ron Scarbro

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Today I am ingesting and digesting the Court’s decisions. I am frankly both surprised and disappointed with John Roberts. He, in my opinion, basically re-wrote a law he was only supposed to judge. I am hearing all the spin from both sides of the argument and it is deafening. But I am not a seer. I cannot determine what the future holds any more than anyone else. I can only offer my thoughts and opinions.

America is fundamentally changing. From my early years to now one would have a difficult time recognizing this country. It just is not the same place. Whether the changes are for the better or the worse is for you to decide. I have made my decision.

I do not believe in the America of my youth the Federal Government would have refused to enforce laws against illegal immigration. Now not only are they refusing, they are also forbidding states from enforcing the law. I do not believe the America of my youth would force any citizen to buy any product for any reason and then penalize them if they refused. The America of my youth would never attack an entire religion representing millions of people here and throughout the entire world by requiring them to endorse and fund activities against their beliefs.

What we now have in this country is a dysfunctional executive, legislative and judicial government and while these three branches of government are independent from each other, they are not independent from us the American people.

Romney has said that his first official act as President will be to grant waivers to all fifty states which would essentially gut and eliminate Obamacare. Several Governors have said in the past few days that they would not put this new law into effect. That would have the same result. One thing is clear. Any law is only as good and effective as its enforcement and if a majority oppose it, it has little chance of success. Back in the sixties some hippies wore a t-shirt that said, “What if they started a war and nobody came?” What now if they passed a law and nobody obeyed it?

The Court has basically said to the American people, if you don’t like the laws your President and Congress passed, and over 60% of those polled don’t, get rid of those who passed the law and start over. That appears now to be the order of the day. Since the SCOTUS decision, Romney’s campaign fund has been exploding with donations. We also need to change out Congress.

I am indeed saddened by the changes our country has been experiencing. I regret the loss of individual responsibility. I detest the loss of our basic freedoms. I absolutely hate the direction this country is headed. Our values are being eroded.

There is good news though. We have an election coming up, you know. So I wonder, have you had enough yet? Are you better off today than you were three years ago? Are you pleased with our headlong rush into socialism? Is this rush the change you thought you were voting for in the last election? Just wondering.

In America we all are guaranteed equal opportunity. That is one of our basic rights. However, we are not now nor have we ever been guaranteed equal outcome. No amount of wealth redistribution is going to improve the lives of some of our citizens. We succeed or fail based on our own individual initiative, not on any government handout. How I long for the America of my youth.

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  • vet66 posted at 8:42 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2012.

    vet66 Posts: 18

    RS: I agree with your perception regarding the decline in the culture we grew up in. It was inevitable that we reach this level of irresponsibility given the drift from The Melting Pot Theory to the glorification of the discrete populations that curdled in that "pot" of entitlement. The move to a secular society and culture of political correctness sealed our fate as an electorate and we now must deal with the situation as CJ Roberts has noted in his majority opinion.

    From your writing you appear to have some military training given your reference to "Order of the Day." This election will be close with approximately 40% voting for Obama and 40% voting for Romney. The election, and our future, will ride on the Independents, the wisdom of the center-right, the center left and the sub-group of those who will not show up. That is assuming close races are not decided by criminal activity at the polling places, ballot stuffing, and non-citizen voters skewing the results.

    I am of the opinion that CJ Roberts saved us from government perverting the Commerce Clause to create activity then taxing/regulating that activity. There would be no limit if Federal Government took over the economy under those circumstances. That was the immediate and existential threat to our Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. CJ Roberts correctly identified the dangers of an overreaching Executive Branch, aided and abetted by a feckless Legislative Branch and a Judicial department ignored/insulted by an imperial President.

    The voters created this Frankenstein Monster. The Supreme Court has told us to fix it through the election process and not hide behind the Judicial branch applauding the rules we agree with and ignoring through Executive Order the results we disagree with. That is the road to anarchy and fiscal armageddon akin to Europe these days.

    What scares me is much of our populace was educated by biased teachers who taught seductive leftist dogma rewarding those who bought the party line and punishing those who dared to disagree. Will those who incurred student loans they couldn't pay back because employers wouldn't hire them, due to their lack of inter-personal skills and lack of critical thought, vote their anger at those who sold them a phony dream? Surely most of them have the common sense to realize that they have been had by self-serving "elites" who sold their souls for a few bucks and a promise to vote for the party that throws money at them?

    We shall see!

     

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