The health care issues are front and center in the campaign again. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare on Thursday, June 28, 2012 should return to center stage. This monumental decision was meant to clarify, but for many ordinary citizens, it seemed to make the water muddy. But what does the decision of the highest court in the land mean for this ordinary citizen of this republic, or am I an ordinary citizen? I believe there is no ordinary citizen in this great nation. I was born with two incredible freedoms–freedom from my Creator to be all that I was created to be, and I have the guarantee of that freedom from my Founders in the founding documents of this nation. Those documents declared that no individual in this republic is an ordinary citizen. No citizen is ordinary or alone. Together we become “the people.” I
When Ben Franklin was leaving Independence Hall after signing the Constitution, he was asked an important question. A young citizen queried, “Dr. Franklin, what kind of a government are you leaving us? A monarchy or a republic?”
Franklin’s response should be shouted from the highest places so all may hear again his prophetic words. “A republic, if you can keep it!”
He knew the power vested in the people by the Constitution was the keystone to the maintenance of the republic. He understood the vigilance it would take to keep human factors, foibles, and frustrations from eroding that keystone in the arch of the republican government. He was very aware of the erosive nature of the acid of power.
Was Chief Justice Roberts reminding us of Franklin’s words? Was he reminding us that it is “the people” who have the duty to protect the republic? The Supreme Court had the power to declare the entire document unconstitutional. But would that have solved the issue? No more than it is solved now. I don’t know what he was thinking, but I do know that he threw the ball back in our court.
If “we the people” wish to remain free, we need to get into the game. It is our game to play. There are no substitutes in this game. It’s for all the marbles. It’s for the gold medal of freedom.