Rights Stop at the End of Your Nose

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the Unit...

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a news article posted today on the Bloomberg website by Bob Drummond, Drummond wrote that there has been three lawsuits filed by 11 individual plaintiffs passing though federal appeals courts. The courts ruled on the insurance mandate often referred to as “Obama’s Health-care Plan.” Four of these plaintiffs have filed for bankruptcy or in the process of filing.

Robert Muise, a lawyer representing one of the plaintiffs who had filed for bankruptcy was quoted as saying, “It’s utter nonsense to say we can trash the Constitution because there are some people who have had bankruptcies.”

What Mr. Muise needs to know is that celebrating the fact your Constitutional rights stop at the end of your nose is not necessarily trashing the Constitution of the United States.

It is every American citizen’s right to file for bankruptcy in the United States as long as they can meet the legal standards provided by Congress whom was given the responsibility of making bankruptcy law as stipulated in the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers and Americans who won the Revolutionary War came as individuals to fight the tyranny that had crushed their individual rights to be represented. They won the war and voluntarily came together as individuals to seek out a form of government that would allow them to live together as civilized society while securing protection from foreign invasion.

The Constitution was created to provide the basis for guaranteeing that we could all civilly live together as a nation of individuals. The republic evolved from the Constitution as the premise for governing ourselves through a representative form of government.

The Bill of Rights evolved as the first ten amendments offered not long after the acceptance of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land done so by oath. These 10 rights emphasize how important individual rights are for those of us living in the United States. These rights guarantee that each of us has the right to the pursuit of happiness as long as we do not violate the rights of others. Therefore, your rights stop at the end of your nose.

The new health-care plan was passed by Congress and is due to go into effect in 2014. Congress is made up of elected officials who represent American citizens. The Constitution provides the premise for a representative form of government through a democracy.

In this type of republic, individuals have the right to test the legal system all the way to the Supreme Court, and that is exactly where the 11 plaintiffs are heading. That is a part of our checks and balances as provided by the Constitution.

The 11 plaintiffs face an uphill battle in convincing the Supreme Court that just because many of them are facing bankruptcy, they somehow should be exempt from paying their fair share of health-care. The government’s argument is that society would have to pay for those who are unwilling to pay.

Drummond wrote, “Mary Brown, one of the original participants in the lawsuit at the court, shut down her Florida auto repair shop and filed for bankruptcy in September, listing about $4,700 of unpaid medical bills among $60,000 of unsecured debts.”

Is it Mrs. Brown’s right to force the rest of us to pay her medical bills? Shouldn’t her rights stop at the end of her nose? Let the debates begin!

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