Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I did not go to law school. I have not taken the bar exam, nor am I a paralegal. I have no experience in governmental affairs. I’m just watching from the cheap seats here.
As a child, I was taught about how our government works. I was taught that ultimately the politicians answer to the people of the United States. You know, “we the people”? However, our country is NOT a democracy, it is a “federal republic.” That means the citizens elect representatives, and the representatives gather together and run the country. If the citizens don’t like what the representatives are doing, they can vote them out of office. In this way, we the people are in charge.
However, I don’t understand, and maybe someone can explain it to me: how can a constitutional amendment be unconstitutional? In the past several years I have watched as several state legislatures have passed laws defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. I have then watched as activist judges have decided that the will of the people’s elected representatives is illegal. So the states had referendums and constitutional amendments. The people voted to amend their state constitutions in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA and WI. That’s 30 states. And yet it seems that every day I hear of another judge who rules a same sex ban as “unconstitutional” and decides that HE knows what is best for our country, in direct opposition to the will of the people.
And so I ask: who’s in charge? I know in my home state of Iowa the Iowa Supreme Court decided that the Iowa legislature was wrong for defending marriage. And the people of Iowa responded by voting three of those judges out. Perhaps we need some more of that for these judicial overreaches.
Mather Byles once famously said, “Which is better – to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?” I submit to you that at present we are being ruled by nine tyrants right here in our own country.