Who is in Charge?

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.


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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1 Response to Who is in Charge?

  1. Michael Picray says:

    Trying this out – with the other post I wanted you to post for me (plus). Apparently the security certificate that WordPress flies under is issued to GoDaddy, so my No Script Security program thinks that wordpress has either been hijacked by a third party site, or isn’t the site it pretends to be… so I am restricted to “read only” – until I learn the correct commands and menu items to let me approve a site. I THINK I have it… but can’t be sure until I try to post to here and to my blog… Here goes! (If it’s a fail you’ll never see it ’cause it will crash and burn, igniting Mrs O’Leary’s barn… and so now you’ll know what REALLY caused the Chicago Fire… a time traveling blog post!!! Or not… )
    ******* ******* *******
    You need to ask yourself, “which constitution.” In the Iowa case, I’m
    assuming that a court ruled that the Iowa constitutional amendment was
    “unconstitutional” due to some real or percieved conflict with the US
    Constitution. Since the USSC usurped the power of Constitutional Review (
    http://michaelepicray.com/2014/03/04/us-constitution-anniversary/ ), it now
    decides what STATE Constitutional amendments are “constitutional” (in
    harmony with) per the US constitution.

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