Supreme Court Rules in favor of Sanity
Yeah!!! Let’s hear it for the Supreme Court. By a vote of 6 to 3, they’ve upheld the values of limited government, states’ rights and personal responsibility. Conservatives must be dancing in the street.
Oh, wait…it was the Bush Administration that brought this case to the Supreme Court, trying to get a state referendum overturned by that big, intrusive federal government. Ooookay.
Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law (aka the Death With Dignity Act) was passed overwhelmingly by Oregon voters. John Ashcroft, when he was Attorney General, tried several times to have this law overturned in a federal court. He lost each time.
And now (hopefully) the issue has finally been settled by the Supreme Court. The three dissenters were Scalia, Clarence Thomas and John Roberts. Scalia is constantly spewing out rhetoric about individualism and limited government. One of his other personalities must have been on board today. Clarence Thomas’ vote is no surprise; and Roberts showed us why Bush selected him for the Court.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority: “Congress did not have this far-reaching intent to alter the federal-state balance…authority claimed by the attorney general is both beyond his expertise and incongruous with the statutory purposes and design.”
Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act allows terminally ill patients to be “put to sleep” by drugs administered by their physician. The patient has to be of sound mind when making this decision, and the decision has to be approved by at least two doctors.
And now everyone should hope and pray for the continued health and non-retirement of each remaining Supreme Court justice. Roberts’ vote is a clear example of where Bush and the American Taliban are trying to take America. We won’t go.