Just because something is “the law” doesn’t mean it’s a good law. Take Obamacare. It’s the law, but it was passed using bribery and chicanery, with only one party’s support, and despite America’s objections to the law. Now that it’s going into effect, more people than ever hate it as they lose their jobs, get shuffled into part time work, see their premiums go up, or lose the doctor that they were promised they could keep. And every time they complain, they get told “Quit yer whining. It’s the law of the land.”
Well, Rush Limbaugh has a message for those on the Left who claim “the law is the law.” America’s had a spectacular bad law before – slavery. As with Obamacare, it exerted government control over people and the Supreme Court issued a decision upholding it. (What Rush doesn’t add, but could have, is that slavery was also a Democrat-supported institution.) With certain manifestly unjust, illiberal laws, honor doesn’t lie with following the law, but with resisting it:
RUSH: Let’s get started on this. Grab audio sound bite number one. We’ll just go in order here and explain what is happening. Up first is a bunch of Democrats saying, “Why would the Republicans want to defund this? It’s the law of the land. You can’t change that. Why, it’s the law of the land.” Listen.
DICK DURBIN: The bill that passed over three years ago and is the law of the land, found constitutional by the Supreme Court?
TONY HARRIS: Obamacare is the law of the land.
MIKE VIQUEIRA: The law of the land and upheld by the Supreme Court.
PATTY MURRAY: Obamacare is the law of the land.
MARK MURRAY: The law of the land.
SAM STEIN: The health care law continues to be the law of the land.
BOB BECKEL: This is the law of the land.
HARRY REID: The law of the land: Obamacare.
RUSH: Now, this is the party that all they seem to talk about when the Supreme Court gets into gear is precedent. It’s the law of the land, right? Well, let’s see. What else at one time was the law of the land? Slavery. And even one time the Supreme Court upheld it. You ever heard of the Dred Scott decision and the justice, Roger Taney? Yeah, slavery used to be the law of the land. Let’s see, what else used to be law of the land. Marriage between a man and a woman used to be the law of the land. And the Democrats came along, that’s discriminatory. It’s not fair. It’s not right. It doesn’t matter. It’s a bad law. They said we gotta change it.
[Transcript courtesy of dailyrushbo.com.