How many times will our State and Federal Legislators abdicate their responsibility to govern and kick the can to the Courts?
I know it must be difficult to be an elected official; pulled from all sides by constituents, political party, and lobbyists; a cacophony of demanding voices who are never satisfied with the results. With a paucity of time and a dearth of reflection, it is easy to make the wrong choices in the face of such ethical dilemmas.
We can excuse a single lapse in judgment, but it’s becoming a bad habit; one that needs to be broken. Lawmakers refuse to work together, completely devoid of conciliation or mediation; abandoning the problem for the courts to tidy up. By tossing sand into the cogs of governance, all attempts at problem solving grinds to a halt. This bad habit resembles the proverbial roulette wheel; round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows.
Make no mistake about it, forcing SCOTUS to make the final analysis on AHCA is the Right’s barely concealed attempt for a national referendum on President Obama and his first term in office. The AHCA is only the proxy target; a substitute for the person the Right wishes to censure. They’ve made it very clear over the last four years that their every effort and all of their energies will be concentrated on President Obama’s failure. Isn’t it nice to know that an entire country is being held hostage so as to grant the wishes of a few arrogant fat white men in Government? I don’t understand it and I can’t explain it.
To me, hearing the AHCA referred to as “Obamacare” is like fingernails down a blackboard. I know that using this moniker is supposed to be a political insult to our President; a connotative label meant to drudge up negative opinions and emotions. What many forget is that the AHCA is the product, the culmination of labors (or a lack of participation, as in the GOP’s case) by all that served in Congress in 2010; not President Obama. Therefore, if something is amiss with this bill, we have Legislators, on both sides of the aisle, to blame.
Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli filed one of the earliest lawsuits challenging the mandate and he admitted to the media on Monday that the opponents of the law have a broader message to communicate. He stated, “I do expect this to have an influence on this year's elections, both the election for president and for the U.S. Senate. Ultimately, we got here because of choices people made in elections.” I almost expected him to “wink-wink” after he made that statement.
No one is more guilty of kicking the can to the courts because of their personal hatred of Obama than our own State of Texas. Texas has filed suit against the Federal Government a total of SEVENTEEN times. See the interactive graphic at http://www.texastribune.org/library/about/texas-versus-federal-government-lawsuits-interactive/#womens-health-program Doesn’t that make you proud to be a citizen of the Lone Star State—that grown men are playing a childish game of political volleyball with our future?
It’s an occupational hazard for me to view things from an educational perspective; but I’ve come to realize that many adults in leadership positions are merely children living in a grown-up’s body. When I was a classroom teacher, there were always a few students who refused to get their work done. They went to unbelievable lengths to avoid doing schoolwork. Getting work from them was like trying to drag a cow to the slaughter house. Amazingly, they spent more time and effort in trying “not” to do the work, than it would have required to simply get the work done. It took years for me to arrive at the reasons for this self-destructive phenomenon. They didn’t do the work because they believed they weren’t capable of doing the work. In the perplexing world of adolescence, it is better to be regarded as “bad”, than “dumb”.
I’ll leave it to you to make the connection between these thirteen year old slackers and our legislators.
I have just one question for our Legislators. If the courts must rule on every piece of legislation, why do we need you? You might want to search deep for your answer because leaving everything to the Courts makes your job irrelevant. And sooner or later, the people will act on this.
Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Follow her on Twitter @CounselorCarol1, on Facebook: CarolMorgan1 and her literary blog at www.carolmorgan.org