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?”