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Chief Justice Roberts and the Destruction of Our Constitution

It's Saturday, July 7, 2012.  It's been a little over a week since Justice Roberts stunned us with his decision ruling that Obamacare was constitutional.  But that's not what this blog is about.  It's about another statement made by Roberts that literally shreds the constitution rendering it nothing more that a worthless piece of paper.

In explaining his reasoning in part for judging Obamacare to be constitutional he stated “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 (the supreme court) job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."

Frankly I'm stunned by Roberts's declaration.  There is simply no way we can depend on congress to pass constitutional laws.  Far too many congressmen vote for or against laws based on party affiliation, how much they have been paid by lobbyists, how much a law benefits them personally, and if the law will gain or cost them votes.  It's as simple as that.  Far too many of our congressmen give only cursory thought, if any, to the constitutionality of the laws they pass.

The quality of congress is further polluted by questionable elections including ballot box stuffing, dead voters, pet voters, buying votes, so that some "elected" congressmen shouldn't even be there and those that should be there are not.  While this number might be small in a close congressional vote only one or two votes can make all the difference (think ObamaCare).

If we must depend on congress to give us constitutional laws then surely we must have a lot of unconstitutional laws.  What redress have we according to Roberts?  We can simply throw offending congressmen out of office.  What a cowardly answer!  Consider the difficulty of throwing a congressmen out... it's next to impossible.

Further consider that an unconstitutional law once passed grows roots and quickly becomes difficult to repeal. 

The constitution is supposed to be a contract between us and our government.  Like a book of Hoyle it is a set of rules that we can rely on and by which we can lead our lives.  It should protect us from ourselves as well as others.  Like a sheet of iron it should be difficult to change without great effort.

Judge Roberts's proclaimation that it is not the job of the supreme court to rule on the constitutionality of laws passed by congress robs us of our constitutional protections and leaves us virtually defenseless against a corrupt congress and the tyranny of the majority.

We desparately need a constitutional amendment clearly spelling out that it is the responsibility of the supreme court to rule on the constitutionality of any law regardless of the source of that law.