Judicial Tyrrany

In November of 2008, voters in the state of California passed an amendment to the state constitution stating that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

In August 2010, a district court judge ruled that this amendment to the constitution was…..unconstitutional. Dare I state the obvious here and say that EVERY constitutional amendment is, by defintion, “unconstitutional.” The reason they are passing the amendment is to CHANGE the constitution.

And this week the Supreme Court of the United States decided that nine people in Washington DC have the power to stand against the will of the people of the State of California who passed this amendment in a direct referendum (every vote counts). In effect, the Supreme Court has said, “You, the people of California, have no say in this matter.”

Well excuse me, but the Constitution of the United States starts with three little words: “We the people.” Lincoln ended the Gettysburg Address by talking about the “…government of the people, by the people, for the people…”.

How the constitution works is like this: We as a nation got together and agreed that this is the basic rulebook for our government. If at any point we as a nation decide to change the rulebook, we propose an amendment. If the amendment passes, then the rulebook is changed. The people of California voted to change the rulebook, and the judges ruling over our country said, “No, you can’t do that.”

To the nine people sitting on the bench in Washington DC I say this: This is not YOUR government, it’s OUR government. Every American should be concerned with this decision, not just those who are against so-called “gay marriage.” Because what the court has done by deciding against this constitutional amendment is to say, “Your vote doesn’t matter. What matters is what we think about the issue.”

So go ahead: pass your laws, Congress. Issue your executive orders, Mr. President. Vote in your elections for issues, citizens. But know that your vote doesn’t matter at all. The only votes that matter are the nine votes in Washington belonging to SCOTUS.

Congratulations, America. To paraphrase Mather Byles, “Which is better—to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by nine tyrants sitting on the Supreme Court?”


About Steve Picray

I am a conservative Baptist Pastor in the midwestern United States. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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3 Responses to Judicial Tyrrany

  1. Mari says:

    It’s absolutely maddening. And it’s only getting worse. And going to continue to get worse. I’m ready for the return of Jesus ANY time.

    • nofluer says:

      “I’m ready for the return of Jesus ANY time.”

      This is a good thing – but if you look at history you’ll see that from time to time, things have been a lot worse since He left, and will probably get a lot worse before He returns.

      Again if you look at history and contrast and compare what you’ll see there, we maybe don’t have it so bad… yet.

      And consider too – the US and its existence/conditions seem to be entirely missing fromn the scriptures, so a case can be made that when He does come back, our nation will not exist.

      As for me – I’m expecting a solo flight to the Heavenly Gates with the usual numbers of daily one-way commuters. Can you imagine the traffic jam that will occur at the End of the World?

  2. nofluer says:

    IN 1790 the last State required to ratify the US Constitution voted to do so.
    IN 1803 Chief Justice John Marshall wrote the final opinion in the case of Marbury vs Madison and usurped the power of Judicial Review, thus ending the Constitutional Republic and launching a different form of government. In some articles they state that the Supreme Court gets the power of Judicial Review from Article III of the US Constitution. I just re-read it and that power is not in the Constitution – ANYWHERE!. Someone has a good imagination, but is lacking in the ability to read.

    So, the US constitutional republic lasted only 13 years.

    And to put the frosting on the cake, the US “civil war” (aka the “War Between the States” shoveled the last spade of dirt into the hole to bury “States Rights.”) (That war was NOT about freeing the slaves.)

    What form of government we now have, after the “presidencies” of GW Bush and Barack Obama I’ll leave to you, but its characteristics seem to be an autocrat (“President”) with a large advisory body (“Congress”), both subject to the whims of the Supreme Court. Some call it an Oligarchy. Others call it worse things. But in practice and n fact, whatever it is it’s no longer a Constitutional Republic.

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