Recently, arguments were made before the Supreme Court both for and against the constitutionality of what is known as “ObamaCare.”
You probably heard much of the screeching and shouting about this topic in the news. But I would like you to think about something that you probably didn’t hear – and maybe haven’t thought about – concerning this issue and other issues that come before the Supreme Court:
No matter what opinion the Supreme Court issues in this case, or in any case before them, that decision does NOT have the force of law.
Though a Supreme Court ruling is not unimportant, it is legally binding and enforceable only with respect to the parties in this particular case!
That means that it doesn’t affect anyone else. It doesn’t become law! With respect to the particular parties involved, it’s a ruling. But with respect to the rest of the world, it’s just an opinion!
Here’s the important implication of that truth:
The governor of each and every state retains the full right, and the duty, to determine whether or not the individual mandate (within “ObamaCare”) complies with the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, each governor should determine whether or not the whole scheme of “ObamaCare” complies with the Constitution, rather than allowing it to be accepted as law in his or her state.
I believe that all the fanfare, and all the radio and TV coverage, is a lot of “smoke” designed to convince you and me that the Supreme Court is the “GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ,” and that it is the final arbiter of the constitutionality of this matter and, indeed, of all matters in the country.
But if we look behind the curtain we find that this simply is not true.
Why am I so sure of this? I read the Constitution. So can you!
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