Now that the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of several parts of the “Obamacare” health care package, plenty of opponents are saying that there’s now a chance to get it overturned.
How big of a chance? I think – Almost none.
The unelected, unaccountable, politically-connected lawyers which make up the Supreme Court have done an absolutely horrible job of upholding the Constitution. In fact, from 1937-1995 the Supreme Court didn’t rule one single congressional act to be outside of their constitutional limits. 60 years – they ruled absolutely nothing unconstitutional, and that included much of the new deal and all of the Great society. Since that time, overruling Congress has been a rare occurrence, at best.
Not a good track record at all.
At times, I would argue that the Supremes have actually created most of the problems we face today. Why? Because they don’t like overturning their own decisions either. One ruling expands federal power, and the next one almost always seems to be based off the previous.
Bad building blocks make for a dangerous foundation.
And on top of it all, because of the way things have worked in this country for a long time, most people believe that they only have 3 options to stop federal power –
1) protesting and marching on DC in the hopes that federal politicians will limit their own power
2) voting the bums out, in the hopes that the new bums will limit their own power and
3) suing in court in the hopes that federal judges will limit federal power.
Sorry to break this to you, but it ain’t working.
For over 100 years, federal power has been on one path, and one path alone. It doesn’t matter which political party has been in charge in DC or which individual has been president – federal power always grows and your liberty is always less.
George Will wrote in a column recently that “if the court were to ratify Congress’ disregard for settled contract law, Congress’ power to compel contractual relations would have no logical stopping point. Which is why this case is the last exit ramp on the road to unlimited government.”
Sorry George, you’re wrong. We’ve been there for a long time already.
When the federal government claims the power to determine the extent of its own powers – unlimited government is already here.
Now if you happen to think, for some crazy reason, that claiming the power to tell you what size toilet you can have, what kind of light bulb you can own, or what kind of plant you can grow in your backyard it NOT unlimited power, it’s just a matter of time before politicians decide to start using the power they already have to do things that YOU consider unlimited. It’s just a matter of time.
So, as the last 100+ years of nearly incessant growth of federal power proves to us already, even IF the supremes do the rare thing and rule against Congress, in a decade that’ll be just a blip.
Without changing strategies – and stopping the insanity of going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal government – the freight train to totalitarianism will be unstoppable.
Instead of begging, yet again, federal politicians to limit their own power, how about something different?
That’s what we’ll be educating people about at Nullify Now! Philadelphia on March 31st. Multiple speakers and experts will teach you about what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised when 2 or more branches of the federal government attack the constitution and your liberty.
The States. They not only have a right, but a duty, to stand up and say NO to unconstitutional federal acts. Most of what the feds do qualifies.
Please join us in Philly on March 31st – you won’t just be educated. You’ll be empowered.
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Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter - @michaelboldin, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.
Reprinted with permission from: TenthAmendmentCenter.com