July 6, 2012
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
What a Week!
The last week of June was quite a week. Even if you are not in the habit of watching political shenanigans like I am, it was impossible it miss.
It started on Monday when the Supreme Court ruled on four of the provisions in the Arizona Immigration Law. The Court upheld the part of the law which says that law enforcement officers have the authority to verify the immigration status of individuals. It then struck down
three other provisions of the law. Basically those provisions stated the same things as the Federal Immigration Law but since immigration law is a Federal power, the states can’t make immigration law – even if it is identical to the Federal law. One would think that would be enough to satisfy the administration but one would be wrong.
The administration exceeded its usual Chicago political style (highly akin to thuggery) and went for the Soviet political style of retaliation against Arizona. The same day as the decision was handed down, the Federal government stopped an ICE program that had been in existence for years which helped states when they intercepted illegal aliens. Not satisfied with just that, the administration also established a hotline – both email and phone - that anyone can contact and report “suspected civil right abuses” by the Arizona law officers.
The sovereign state of Arizona is drowning in the costs caused by the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in that state (education costs, health care costs, welfare costs, law enforcement costs and incarceration costs.) Our Federal government, which is responsible for protecting this nation against invasion and enforcing immigration law, is actively harming Arizona and its citizens with its behavior.
Later in the week, the House of Representatives had a vote and held the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, in contempt of Congress. That is a criminal charge! Unprecedented! It boggles the mind that the man in charge of the Justice Department, who is supposed to see that the laws of the nation are enforced and criminal activity gets prosecuted, is held in contempt of Congress. What is it that he doesn’t want the people to know that makes him not comply with the requests for specific documents? (And why did the President previously claim “executive privilege” as a reason to not produce the documents? Did Eric Holder lie to Congress when he said the president was not involved in Operation Fast and Furious?)
The day after the contempt charge, it was announced that the Justice Department will not investigate this charge. Not surprising since the department is recently known for the politically based choosing of what laws it will enforce and what cases it will prosecute.
Then the Court determined the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional. The Justices determined the law was too vague and broad therefore it infringed on the First Amendment. Ostensibly it harms no-one if a person lies about having been in the service or having been awarded military medals or decorations. So, now it’s okay to lie about these things. Maybe nobody is “hurt” but it devalues what the brave men and women who have served and been awarded honors have done. It makes all claims of these honors suspect. I hope the law gets rewritten in a form
that will be considered constitutional. People who lie about this are contemptible.
Then we got the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. This was a fascinating decision.
Two hundred pages long, it will affect many things for years to come.
The Progressives in the government (primarily Democrats) have abused and misused the Commerce Clause of the Constitution for decades. They acted as if it gave them the right to do anything they wished to do. This decision puts a limit on this abuse.
The majority decision stated that the law was constitutional under Congress’s power to tax. The Court considered it a tax because the penalty was a lower amount than the cost of insurance would be. I agree with the
four justices who say that rewriting the word " tax" back into the law after it had been edited out by the Legislature was an unprecedented judicial overreach. After all, this act is “writing law” not “interpreting law” like a court is supposed to do. Never the less, Congress does have the right to tax and this law has been deemed a tax.
So, after years of vehemently denying it was a tax, the Democrats who are responsible for this law now have to admit it is a tax. This makes the Democrats responsible for the biggest tax increase ever in American history! The decision also implies that taxing powers are limited. Finally, being a tax, it will require
only 51 votes in the Senate to repeal it.
The Court blocked the Federal Government from withholding money from states that do not comply with the new and costly Medicaid expansion. This affirms the states’ power and Federalism – a key component of our political system.
The majority decision also threw this can of worms right back into the political arena. Now the politicians know they need to do their own job and not rely on the Court to save them from their errors. This decision also tells the people that they need to do their job and vote- in responsible politicians. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote,
“Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political