What is actually meant by “The Law of the Land”? Okay, without a doubt I am procrastinating on homework….BUT…..! I am sitting in one room and the TV is on in another and I have sometimes, sad to say, very acute hearing. Sounds like Florida Senator Bill Nelson was referencing the Affordable Care Act and used that expression. When you stop to think of it, just about EVERY politician uses that phrase, “The Law of the Land”, in an effort to say basically that THIS is how it is, it is not subject to change or modification so you better just suck it up. Do they ever reference “the law of the land” when they are trampling on your OTHER Constitutionally protected rights? You may recall this one.
How many times has said “LAW” been modified since its passage? How many times has Congress, also known as the Legislative Branch, had a hand in making those changes? How many times were we “promised” or assured that there would be no more changes to it (Another “unplanned” change)? Reminds me of an exchange between a couple of ’70’s TV series bad guys:
“Baltar: What of our bargain? My colony was to be spared!
Imperious Leader: I now alter the bargain.
Baltar: How can you change one side of a bargain?
Imperious Leader: When there is no other side.” (Battlestar Galactica, original series, 1978)
Laws are a double-edged thing in that they must command or forbid an action. Part of that means that the parties identified by any law have duties, responsibilities and obligations that carry penalties if not met. In this instance it requires us to obtain health insurance from an acceptable source and requires the government to have “rules” under which we can do the former and meet out punishment for those who do not. There are no provisions for one party to alter the “bargain” without process, procedure, discussion and mutual acceptance.
For one side to alter an agreement without the notification and consent of the other nulls the entire law. Why would we be constrained to Legislation that does not equally bind the Legislator? Corporations and friends of the ruling class are given delays and exemptions, the government is certainly not bound to the same requirements as the rest of us…too much of a hardship for those poor hard working folks I s’pose.
The feds were quick to beef up the enforcement aspect of the Act so we now have plenty of IRS agents to ensure our compliance. It seems that the normal procedures under which an idea becomes reality in Law did not hold true for this Act, nor did the standard method of modifying it.
Then again, Mr. Obama has a pen and a phone.