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5 of 9 on Supreme Court support Constitutional Right
Column by the Editor
posted June 27, 2008
COLUMN – Many people are celebrating the
Supreme Court ruling on the second amendment on Thursday morning saying
the right to bear arms is an individual right reserved by the people. I
did not need the nine robed jurists to explain that to me, it is in the
Constitution. The whole thing scared me for many reasons. First being
since when does the Supreme Court start ruling on whether any portion
of the Bill of Rights is constitutional? Their job it to make sure the
legislation passed in Congress is constitutional, not the other way
Scarier still is that upholding the constitution was a narrow margin on
the court with four of the nine jurists saying the right to bear arms
can be infringed, despite the constitution. Justice John Paul Stevens,
writing in dissent, said the majority "would have us believe that over
200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available
to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons."
Justice Stevens may want to read the Second Amendment again, especially
the last four words saying the right “shall not be infringed.”
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said the Constitution
does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for
self-defense in the home." We know he can read the Constitution
and so can Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito,
Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.
Stevens, was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and
David Souter in ruling against the Constitution. That act in itself
should be grounds for their removal from the bench. They are sworn to
“uphold” the Constitution, not to attempt to rewrite it.
This is what will make this year’s presidential race so important, who
will name the next replacement to the court. Democrat Barrak Heisien
Obama said before the ruling that he felt Washington DC had the right
to override the Constitutional right to own and bear arms. He is not
happy with the ruling. I can guess what type of judge he would place on
the bench if elected. Another life long member of the ACLU like
If Republican (in name only) John McCain is elected he is just as
likely to “reach across the aisle” (meaning give the liberal Democrats
what they want) and appoint a left leaning jurist.
One vote on Thursday could have started an uprising this country has
not seen since the 1860’s. Sometimes I wonder if that would be a bad
thing. The Founding Fathers clearly wrote the Constitution to limit the
government, not the people and openly said that it was the right of the
people to rise up and “throw off” the government if it became
oppressive and ignoring the Constitution. President Abraham Lincoln
said the same thing.
Say it today and you might end up in jail. So much for the First
People need to wake up to what is going on around them. “We hold these
truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal and are
endowed by their Creator certain unalienable rights, among them are
life (unless your mother wants to legally scramble your brain and have
you sucked out with a vacuum hose), liberty (must fall under the
impositions to liberty placed by government), and the pursuit of
happiness (as long as what makes you happy can be approved by your
local zoning board).”
With the Forth of July coming I think I will sing a different song.
Rather than God Bless America I’m going to be signing God Help America.
We sure need it.
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