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Politics are causing our dreams to fade



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April 11, 2012 - Court rulings, our governments actions and inactions and judicial interpretation are giving further cause to wonder if out grandchildrens' futures are at stake.

Oh, sure, our predecessors had the same thoughts going through depressions, world wars and plague threats.

But, at least they had a belief in out Constitution and a belief our Supreme Court would uphold our laws and interest.

Now we have law makers and justices saying in fat, or jest, "Do you expect us to read all 28,000 pages of this?"

Such was the question asked in the Senate and recently by a Supreme Court justice on the health care law before them.

The law is no longer even referred to as the healthcare law. It's the Obamacare law. That's how political it is.

It's the president's bill.

And, it's going to be decided by a totally partisan court, split by four people appointed by democratic presidents and five of Republican presidents.

Our media quickly points out that one of the justices is a split-vote, suggesting he has been known to vote along non-party lines.

Ain't that wonderful?

One of the nine members of our Supreme Court can interpret a law based n wording in out Constitution.

Whereas the other eight are said to stick with their party's leaders, come hell or high water.

A lawyer friend said this movement has been evolving through out the years, as law school teachers suggest their students consider the possibility that words in out Constitution can be interpreted to mean something the writers did not mean. (Obama taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.)

You may take my words an twist them to mean anything you like, 'cause I ain't edjucated, but the Constitutioners were.

And not all these Obamacare backers are educated either.

---O---

Bring me out another soapbox, and I'll get back to normal, for me, nonsense.

RE: Headline writers and editors thereof.

The front page of the business section of The Detroit News Friday, March 30 had these headlines above the fold:

Mich. economy hits 6-year high.

Analysts see brick car sales in March.

Income in Mich. shows strong growth.

Then drop your eyes below the fold, to the bottom of the page. The headline reads: Best Buy to cut 50 stores, corporate jobs."

That's we newspaper types way of giving our readers good news and bad news without inhaling. We can exhault and depress very quickly.

---O---

I'll close with a touch more from NPR's Garrison Keeler:

• A man went to the doctor and told him his pants didn't fit. The doctor weighted him, but he hadn't gained a pound. The doctor said, "You must have Furniture Disease. That's when you chest starts sliding down into your drawers."

• What do you do when attacked by a gang of clowns? Go for the juggler.

• What's the worst thing about living on O street? Having to go a block to P.

Goodbye, Garrison

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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