By Robert Wolf
Through our elected representatives efforts, they have legally created a class of people and that class is registered citizens. What does this mean as far as our judicial system is concerned. It means that this group of people are now able to stand on the same ground to fight their battles as anyone else, that is been discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religious views, disabilities, or ethnic background. One of the things to realize is that denying this group of citizens the ability to travel freely to use public facilities to choose where to live or to denying them work is in fact a form of segregation. No different than denying members of a ethnic group from living in certain communities using publicly funded facilities or services. Make no mistake denying any group of people the ability to live or work where ever they choose or the use of public facilities that are available to everyone else. Is a form of segregation no matter what some may use as an excuse for the justification of the segregation.
The job of a politician is to uphold the constitution’s of both the state they represent, and our federal government. They take an oath to do this, but how many of these politicians today realize that the primary reason for our constitution is to protect INDIVIDUAL rights; Not the majority’s rights, and not the government’s rights to exist. Our founding fathers recognized the possibility of the government’s growing in power to such a point that individual freedoms would be lost. That is why on the 4 March 1789. They added the Bill of Rights to the constitution guaranteeing individual freedoms to the people in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the government’s powers. Today the people holding government offices rather elected or employed have shown a total disregard for those individual rights. As our founding fathers looked down upon this country I’m quite sure that they have tears in their eyes because of the loss of so many individual rights that they fought so hard to establish.
How many laws have been passed in the last 100 years that have been found by our court systems to violate the principles of our federal and state constitutions? For example the Jim Crow laws or laws passed in the McCarthy era as well as laws requiring businesses to implement unneeded measures, increasing the cost of goods and driving some companies out of business. Consider the cost of implementing those unconstitutional laws, and the costs of defending them in court only to have them proven to be unconstitutional. Now add in the cost of removing the law and the mechanism that they created and you soon realize that these mistakes have cost us the taxpayers billions of dollars. Also consider the cost in taxpayers dollars and an individuals pain because public employees have stepped outside the boundaries of the laws designed to protect individuals rights.