From the Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
From the Roberts decision on the Health Care Bill:
Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.
I’m disappointed in the Court’s decision on the Healthcare Bill. I look forward to repeal & replace when a competitive, market-variant will be implemented. I have no love for insurance industry bureaucrats. But there is one thing worse… government bureaucrats. I don’t want either one deciding my healthcare decisions. Those decisions should be made between me & my doctor.
Anyway, the Chief Justice makes a call back to the Declaration of Independence. Every two, four & six years, our elected officials receive, or not, the “consent of the governed”. Had Americans taken their voting privileges seriously in 2008, we would not have had Pelosi & Reid slamming through ill-thought, ill-prepared & ill-conceived legislation. Conservatives & Moderates made very poor choices in 2008 because of fatigue with Republicans who acted like Democrats. The result was the election of some of the most liberal Democratic policies we’ve seen in decades. In 2012 the opportunity presents itself for a do-over, electorally. Will “the governed” step up to their responsibility? To answer that, let me turn to Winston Churchill…
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.