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Is anything sacred?

Published on -5/8/2012, 9:15 AM

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When I was growing up, I always thought our Supreme Court was the ultimate in protecting democracy in America. When I taught high school government classes, before going on to higher education administration, I impressed the importance of this body on my students, especially as it (the Supreme Court) was essential in interpreting our Constitution as our Founders intended.

We’ve all heard the outcry from many informed Americans that “Washington is broken.”

If I tried to elaborate on that theme in this letter the paper would hit the streets with something like 100 pages.
My letter is about the Supreme Court, not all of the above.

It dawned on me recently that our precious Supreme Court is as “broke” as anything else in our nation’s capital.

We currently have three justices, probably four, that might just as well be cabinet members or czars in Obama’s administration. There’s no independent thinking on major issues by nearly half of the court. None.

Historically, justices were nominated and then vetted to see if they would provide constitutional protections as our Founders intended. Goodbye, history. Now it’s all about what the president wants. The process of vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee is a sham. It’s all show. Nominees get by with all kinds of inconsistent answers to senator’s questions, even lies to questions.

The proof is in the pudding. I would bet the farm, that on any major constitutional issue of utmost importance to Obama, the three or four in question will support Obama every time.

The press is speculating on what the five other justices will do about the constitutionality of Obamacare. There is no speculation going on about the four in question. If that doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what does? Before hearing the case everybody knew how the four liberal judges would vote so the press just gave them a pass.

How can something as important as the Constitution of the United States of America not be anything but “broke” when left in the hands of a number of judges who believe that great document of ours is a document that can be changed in whatever shape or form left to the whims of justices who think they have the answers independent of the Constitution?

What has our august pres said about the Constitution that should be a wake-up call for all of us? He said the Constitution is remiss in that it fails to address redistribution of wealth, and he wasn’t kidding. What was it Nancy Pelosi said when asked about the constitutionality of Obamacare? “Are you kidding me?” she said, as if that was a stupid question; and to think at that time, she could have been our president had something happened to Obama and Biden. Scary, to say the least.

Nothing is sacred in our government, and we all better think about what needs to be done about a whole lot of things come November.

Les Knoll
Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.
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