Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thoughts in Retrospect

Has it occurred to anyone on the hill that it’s not particularly bright to declare war on the Supreme Court? This would seem to be especially true when you are contemplating legislative maneuvers which may well run afoul of the US Constitution. The president made his position on disrespect for the court very clear by lying before the nation during his State of the Union address, about the result of a court decision. And yes, Justice Alito was right; it was a lie.

The various Democrat members of the legislature furthered the insult by nearby riotous applause on issues at that same address which were mentioned in the speech. I believe that Justice Thomas and a couple others showed wisdom by not showing up. I have heard more than one Justice comment since that it would be unlikely they would return to that hyper-partisan atmosphere.

Even on his worst days, Barack Obama remains "Mr. President.” Love him or hate him; he is the president. He follows a long line of men who, granted, have run the gamut all the way from saints to abject sinners but each was the President of the United States of America and entitled to enjoy the respect due that noble office. Those in the federal legislative bodies are also entitled to the respect of their positions. Although their individual records as men vary widely from pure to criminal they do hold their offices.

For one branch to disrespect another is to misunderstand our constitution. Two on one is--well, you know the rest of that old verse. These branches are equal in importance to the complete process. We were not structured to lend greater importance to one branch over the other. To not render that regard for a different branch is to cast disrespect on the entire conceptual understanding of our form of government. Those who take the oath of office should review it in advance and determine if they do indeed choose to swear, before Almighty God, to uphold that sacred document.

It is my prayer that the various Justices of the Supreme Court are of sufficient character to remain above the tumult and exercise wisdom and understanding of the law regardless of party politics and uphold the document which guides them. If they can do this: one out of three isn’t bad for a start.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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