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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Question Before the Court: Constitutionality not Morality

As many readers are no doubt aware, this past week the US Supreme Court has been hearing arguments as to whether some or all of President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act is constitutional or not. As I have pointed out in a previous post ("Morality vs. Constitutionality"), the question before the court is not whether President Obama's health care legislation is the right thing to do or not, the question is whether it is constitutional or not. The two are not necessarily the same thing. Something can be the right thing to do but may not be constitutional. As a case in point: slavery was constitutional prior to the passage of the 13th Amendment. I would hope all readers would agree that it was immoral before then.

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