Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The rule of law

A Florida judge has declared that the Constitution places limits on the power of the federal government. Imagine!
He struck down Obamacare because its individual mandate requires all Americas to buy a product, which has never been done before and is illegal.
"If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,” someone opined in 2008.
Who? A guy named Barack Obama. That was two years before he signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its individual mandate that would inevitably and inexorably eliminate private health insurance and push the nation into socialized medicine.
So, should we look for the Homelessness Protection and Affordable Housing Act next?
Maybe, but meanwhile we can look for an appeal that will take the case to the 11ith Circuit and then the U.S. Supreme Court.
With its new liberal justices the court may well overrule Judge Roger Vinson's opinion but it cannot invalidate his reasoning or the words in the Constitution -- except by finding that "international law" takes precedence over the primary law of this nation.
If the day comes when sharia law is international law, the court may find itself in a pickle, trying to separate church and state when the church IS the state.

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