Supreme Court rules that the states and the people have no right to define marriage, because the “Constitution” requires same-sex marriage to be recognized.
Supreme Court denies the right of the people of California to define marriage in Proposition 8, and denies the right of Congress to define marriage for federal purposes in the Defense of Marriage Act.
Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns Proposition 8, which people of California passed to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Massachusetts Supreme Court orders legislature to legalize same-sex marriage.
Supreme Court overturns most provisions of Arizona immigration law.
BTK killer (bind, torture, kill) accused of at least 10 horrific murders, but is not eligible for death penalty, because Supreme Court banned it during period crimes were committed.
Federal court blocks California death penalty, claiming that lethal injection – the way we put beloved dogs and cats to sleep – is “terribly painful.” The people had voted twice to uphold the death penalty.
Florida Supreme Court throws out “Terri’s Law,” claiming that the court and not the legislature – and not her family – has the power to say whether the brain-damaged woman will be starved and dehydrated to death. U.S. Supreme Court allows this decision to stand, and Terri Schiavo dies after 13 days without water or food.
Whether you agree with all these decisions, or some of them, or none of them, the basic question remains: Who decides? Even trivial decisions are already being made by the government – from light bulbs and toilets, to dishwashing detergent and shower heads, to salt shakers and sodas – for our own good, of course.
The people of California, one of the most liberal states, twice voted that marriage should remain between one man and one woman, and they twice voted to uphold the death penalty for first-degree murderers. But all four times, their votes were thrown out by judges. Then officials claim to be shocked – shocked! – when fewer people bother to vote.
Through six thousand years of recorded history – from pagan Egypt, to Jewish Israel, to Zoroastrian Persia, to Hindu India, to Buddhist Tibet, to Confucian China, to Shinto Japan, to Catholic and Protestant Europe, to Muslim Arabia, to the atheist Soviet Union – marriage has always been between male and female. Over time the age of consent was raised, and polygamy was outlawed in most places, but nowhere did marriage include same-sex couples.
But the “elite” believe they are wiser than Jesus, or Moses, or Muhammad, or the Buddha, or Confucius, or the secular scholars of the Enlightenment. Like self-absorbed teenagers, they are uninterested what happened before they were born. They ignore the wisdom of millennia and focus on their own feelings. If there is a better definition of narcissism, I have yet to hear of it.
The decision on same-sex marriage, like that on ObamaCare, came on a five-to-four vote. Do five people have the power to give orders to 321 million Americans? And do we, and our elected representatives, have no recourse but to obey? Before you answer, consider this:
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves.
– Thomas Jefferson
Liberals talk about “people power.” But in practice, liberals encourage activist judges to legislate from the bench. No matter how you feel about abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and other key issues, the question remains: Who decides?
As Ben Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked what kind of government we would have. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Well, can we keep it? In fact, have we kept it?
Marriage has been defined worldwide as between men and women since the beginning of civilization. The death penalty has been imposed on murderers since the time of the Bible. Euthanasia has been illegal since the time of ancient Greece. If these millennia-old principles are to be trashed, surely such momentous changes should be:
● Carefully considered, with the input of religious and secular scholars.
● Discussed by the people until a consensus is reached.
● Voted upon by the people’s representatives, or by the people themselves.
If this process had been followed for abortion, there would be much less bitterness today. But the Supreme Court decided the matter. Having learned nothing, courts continue to short-circuit the decision-making process. Courts decide, often by slim margins, the weightiest matters, then enforce their decision on the legislature, the executive, and the people. But so long as the decision goes along with your beliefs, you see no problem.
You’re pro-abortion, so it’s no problem for you that the Supreme Court forbade Congress and state legislatures from passing most laws that interfere with abortion.
You’re for same-sex marriage, so you nod approval when the Supreme Court endorses it.
You oppose capital punishment, so you say nothing when courts invent new roadblocks to prevent it.
You favor euthanasia, so you yawn in indifference when courts order a semi-conscious woman to be killed slowly.
You see nothing wrong with five people in black robes giving orders to 321 million Americans. But what if courts decide to impose their whims on you, and you don’t agree?
● What if courts order that people over age 70 be denied expensive medical care? Think of the money Social Security and Medicare would save.
But, you say, we’re protected by the Constitution. Really? The Constitution mentions the death penalty four times, but doesn’t mention abortion at all. Yet judges insist that the Constitution contains a right to abortion, but they repeatedly block executions.
What’s there they can’t find, but what isn’t there they do find. “Law” that is unpredictable and arbitrary isn’t law at all, but a series of dictatorial decrees. It loses any moral claim to be respected. Judges are enforcing their own beliefs and calling it “the Constitution.”
This is worse than having no Constitution. If we had no Constitution, laws would be made by legislators, and if we disagreed, we could vote them out at the next election. But a “living” Constitution is James Bond’s double-0 license, empowering judges to do whatever they please – and we can do nothing about it.
Dictators are still dictators, whether they wear brown uniforms or black robes. What will you do when your favorite right disappears? How will you react when you’re ordered to do what violates your deepest beliefs? But then it will be too late. What can we do before that happens?
● Remember what Pastor Niemöller taught us: Speak up, or soon there will be no one remaining to speak up for you.
● Vote for candidates who favor strict – that is, originalist – interpretation of the Constitution.
● When possible, vote for judges who favor strict interpretation.
● Make sure the Senate has a Republican majority, so strict-constructionist federal judges can be confirmed.
● Insist that judges interpret the Constitution as actually written and as its authors intended, and not follow their own whims, and certainly not foreign laws.
● Press for the recall or impeachment of judges who act like dictators.
● Vote, even if your vote may be thrown out by judges. At least you will be on the record.
● Refuse to participate in actions you believe are unconstitutional or immoral. Ultimately, what wedding cakes you bake, what wedding flowers you provide, what wedding photos you take, what you write or teach or preach, or even donate to, and whatever else you do, is between you and your conscience.
Recall what Robert Heinlein wrote:
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
What is decided may be of great importance. But who decides is even more important. In answer to Franklin’s warning, I have to reply, “I don’t know, Ben. I hope we can keep our republic, but it will take a lot of work, and right now things don’t look promising.”
When Congress passed ObamaCare, a reporter asked then-Speaker Pelosi if it was constitutional. She giggled and asked, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” To some, the Constitution has become a cause for laughter. But not to others. Yes, we are serious. Dead serious.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
− John Dryden
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