Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Back By Unpopular Opinion

Today it seems that America is more of an oligarchy than a republic.  We are now ruled by executive fiat or a small group of activist judges rather than by the democratic voice of the people. 

On June 28th, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, made an incredibly inexplicable decision on the ObamaCare court challenge.  Almost every objective court observer bet on an overturn of the mandate due to the generally perceived blatant unconstitutionality of the law. Court insiders, however, claim Roberts changed his original decision after he found out he would be the final deciding vote in an evenly divided Supreme Court.  He eventually ruled to uphold ObamaCare as a tax instead of an unconstitutional mandate.  Many believed he did this so that the courts would not appear to be overly politicized and thereby retain their power.  It was also presumed that he accepted the prevailing White House opinion that the Supreme Court should not overturn a law that was duly passed by Congress.  This muddled reasoning sounds incredibly similar to Obama’s intimidating statement during a press conference a few months earlier:

“Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law (ObamaCare) that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

I guess Roberts was taking notes.

56% of the American people polled felt this comment was a “strong arm” attempt to manipulate the system.  Not only is this a questionable and menacing statement to be made by the President of the United States, it also happens to be completely untrue on several points.  Fact twisting, however, is not unusual for this President.  He fallaciously stated incorrect details on both the nature of the law passage (there was no strong majority) and the ability of the Court to decide the issue by using word like “unprecedented” and “extraordinary”. The truth is that the Supreme Court overturns unconstitutional laws all the time.  In fact, is this not the essence of its intended function??  I guess, according to this President, if you say something forcefully enough, the uneducated majority of citizens will simply believe you.  They are too busy watching “The Kardashians” to take notice. 

As for Chief Justice Roberts, when Americans looked to him for independent leadership, he fell into lockstep with the Executive Branch.  Yet, this is the exact opposite of what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our three distinct branches of government.  They are supposed to operate as a system of checks and balances that will rein in abuses of power. Remember the famous quote “Absolute power corrupts absolutely?”  

Contrary to some opinions, I do not believe that Chief Justice Roberts is some Machiavellian genius that has handed the Republicans a “back door” way of overthrowing ObamaCare eventually.  While the backlash from this decision may rebound and cause exactly that event, he’s just another arrogant, proud bureaucrat who has personal aspirations to make his special mark in history.  However, I think future historians will place him squarely in the “Halls of American Infamy” as someone who sold out the citizens of this country to pander to the current popular Washington DC crowd.  One day he will have to face the real “Supreme Judge” and explain in his pompous, bombastic tones how he bowed under pressure and sold our birthright for his own fleeting moment of vainglory.  I believe he will go down in history as a true Benedict Arnold—betraying the American people to gain favor with the “taxing tyrant” of our modern day. 

Roberts reminds me of the quote by Malcolm Muggeridge, the Catholic satirist who was credited with popularizing Mother Teresa:

(Modern man has) "educated himself into imbecility and polluted himself into stupefaction".~Malcom Muggeridge

In plain blunt language:  Chief Justice Roberts has become an “educated imbecile” also known as a “useful idiot” for the Obama administration. 

This whole event brings me to the final point of this article. Ever notice today how “passing judgement” has simply gone out of fashion?  It is just not popular anymore.  I’m not talking about a mean-spirited gossip type of judgement.  Like Chief Justice Roberts, who didn’t have the courage to stand up and simply state that this law is Unconstitutional—we as Americans no longer have the boldness and clarity to step up and say “Hey!—that’s simply wrong!”.  Apparently, as evidenced by this Supreme Court decision, the problem is systemic and goes all the way to the top levels of our government.  In our modern culture of human relativism, there is no longer a clear cut consensus of what is right or wrong.  The U.S. now appears to be in the agonizing cultural death throes of ditching both the Constitution along with the Ten Commandments.  This actually makes some sinister logical sense when you consider the current direction of our country.  Our underlying human secularist philosophy pretty much confirms that everything and every behavior is just hunky-dory and A-OK.  As in the words of President Obama:  “The private sector is doing fine.”  Really? 

Does anyone remember the 1960’s bestseller book entitled “I’m Ok, You’re Ok”?  This title always bothered me.  If God allows me enough time on this planet to write a book someday, I am determined to include an entire chapter labeled “I’m a Mess, You’re a Mess” as this is a much more accurate depiction of the condition of humankind.

Similarly we, as a nation, are NOT OK.  We are very sick morally, financially, politically and culturally. 

Popular opinion may tell you otherwise.  It may also betray you.

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
 ~ Galatians 1:10

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