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    Supreme Court rules for Religious Freedom

    01/19/2012

    Democracy and Power 101:  Government is power

    In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty. – Leo Tolstoy

    Supreme Court rules for Religious Freedom

    By unanimous decision, the Supreme Court strongly rebuked the Department of Justice’s claim that the Americans with Disabilities Act has supremacy over the Constitution's Free Exercise and Establishment of Religion Clauses.  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

    "...hard to square with the text of the First Amendment itself, which gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations. We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization's freedom to select its own ministers."

    People in power always desire to impose their rule on others.  The Justice Department wanted to impose its power on religious organizations.  The Justice Department (what an oxymoron) went so far to claim religion is the same as a social group. 

    Knowledgeable and discerning, the Wall Street Journal reminds us of the purpose of the Constitution – control and limit the coercive power of government.

    Hosanna-Tabor is an important reminder that the core religious freedoms guarded by the First Amendment were not to protect the public from religion, but to protect religion from government.

    In this case, the Supreme Court ruled in accordance with the Constitution.  Good.  However, We the People cannot rely on the Supreme Court.  They, too, are human and crave power, and have often imposed their authority while ignoring and superseding Constitutional restrictions of power.  Unfortunately, the love of power described by Tolstoy inevitably prevails.  Hence, the power of the federal government continues to expand, which leads to the most important case of our era - ObamaCare. 

    Few times in the history of America has such a momentous decision been made by the Court.  If the government prevails, President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and former Speaker Pelosi with the approval of the Supreme Court will have forever increased the power of government.  ObamaCare will control and determine health care for all Americans.  Additionally, a government victory will be precedent to enlarge DC’s power over all aspects of American life.

    Potentially, and at best, the Court will merely repeal the individual mandate.  Assuredly, the Obama Administration, similar to the Department of Justice, will continue to pursue their expansion of universally health care and federal supremacy. 

    Regardless of the Court’s ruling in ObamaCare, We the People must reduce the power and reach of the federal government.  In accordance with the Tea Party Budget, ObamaCare must be repealed.  Further, and major, improvements to America’s system of governance must take place - reduce the size and scope of the government and devolve most social programs to the states and local communities.  We must stop the expansion of power by Members of Congress, the President, bureaucrats and even the Supreme Court. 

    We must have more direct involvement and influence in the decisions of government.   Only We will restore limited government and freedom in America.