Supreme Court ruling was not a GOP victory

Supreme Court ruling was not a GOP victory

Everett : WA : USA | Jun 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM PDT
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For the life of me, I can't figure out the Republicans these days. They make a big show about how much they adore and worship the Constitution, but fail to understand its most basic principles.

Challenging the US government on the idea that states should have more power than the federal government was doomed to fail--something that I personally predicted would happen months ago.

But the GOP and their wayward band of followers seem to think that the Supreme Court will bend to their will and follow their agenda and to hell with the rest of the country!

Unfortunately for them, the Supreme Court isn't as stupid as one might think--despite some of its members believing otherwise. (Justice Scalia for example.)

The ruling over Arizona's SB1070 law was a shot across the GOP's bow and a warning not to try and bend or break the Constitution to fit their party agenda. The Constitution is the rule of law.

What's in it...goes. There is no base argument, no beating around the bush, and certainly no way to pull the wool over the eyes of those who are foresworn experts on the subject.

Today's ruling--like Thursday's ruling on Obamacare--illustrated quite clearly where states stand in regards to the Constitution and where the federal government's role in some critical issues lie.

States do not have the power or the authority to create their own laws that conflict with the federal government's.

States do not have the power or the authority to challenge the federal government's sole authority on matters such as immigration.

States cannot go off half-cocked on their own in the belief that they can do whatever they want in the face of the same federal government--just because they think the federal government isn't doing enough to curb illegal immigration for example.

The Supreme Court shot down three of the four provisions in court because they would come into conflict with the US Constitution and the federal government's Supremacy Clause.

The fourth provision just reinforced what we already knew: That the police do have the right to stop and question illegal immigrants for their passports and legal status in this country.

What they don't have the power to do--what the other three provisions would've done--is detain illegal immigrants and deport them on the spot.

That is not the job of our nation's police force. That is up to the Border Patrol agents and ICE.

So how can Jan Brewer sit there and call what happened in today's ruling a victory? To put it bluntly, she lost.

And so did the GOP. They lost BIG. This was no victory by a wide margin. It was a stinging loss and a rebuke of the Republicans' continued attempts to circumvent the same Constitution they claim to worship without fail.

Like the health care mandate (which is constitutional), the Supreme Court has been guided by the same document that has shaped this country for the past 236 years.

There has been no change in the way the Constitution has been interpreted. The laws by which the Supreme Court has ruled are the same laws that we all have come to take for granted.

But when we are ruled against--as in the GOP's case--it is not a conspiracy or a show of activism that buried the GOP's dreams of dominating the country with conflicting laws and ideology, but by a document that is as old as time itself.

The Constitution is the one that shot down Arizona's argument that it has the power to circumvent the federal government's authority on matters such as immigration, not the federal government itself.

If the Republicans want to change that from happening again, all they can do is champion amendments that undermine our Constitutional rights and then they can get what they want.

Failing that, states like Arizona can always secede from the Union if they find being part of the United States to be too taxing to comprehend or even live with.

Then they are free to make up whatever laws they wish.

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A protester holds up a sign after the Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants in Phoenix
A protester holds up a sign after the Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants in Phoenix
SchuylerThorpe is based in Everett, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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