It is deeply troubling that Governor Jindal of Louisiana, who is sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution which provides that federal law is THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, boasts that he will ignore and refuse to implement so-called ObamaCare. Gov. Jindal makes his declaration despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court (with conservative Justice John Roberts’ deciding vote) ruled that ObamaCare was constitutionally passed by the U.S. Congress.
The only thing that keeps our very fragile democracy and extremely diverse society together is our actual and necessary respect for the law and, more importantly, the process and institutions (executive/legislative/judicial) that create, interpret, and enforce the law. The defiant rhetoric of Gov. Jindal and our (mostly southern) elected officials who join him in openly declaring that they will not respect either the law or the process that has created and now endorsed it, conjures up memories of stances and events that took our country through the turbulent Civil War and Civil Rights Movement.
Regardless how you feel about so-called ObamaCare, I am sure you can agree that the people of Louisiana deserve a governor that will make his priority that of following the law and helping the 720,000 poor and uninsured citizens of Louisiana obtain much needed health-insurance, rather than making his number one priority “getting Gov. Romney elected.” So, click here to email Gov. Jindal’s official email and politely inform him that while you respect his right to disagree with so-called Obama Care. You and his citizens expect him to implement and respect the law as required by theU.S. Constitution he swore to uphold.
Damario Solomon-Simmons, M.Ed., J.D., is the managing partner of SolomonSimmonSharrock & Associates law firm and an adjunct professor of African & African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. As the product of a low-income, single parent household he is extremely thankful for “government run” healthcare that provided medical services for him and his family. His life’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or @solospeakstruth.